Opinion: WA has to learn from the lessons of the NT juvenile corrections crisis

July 29, 2016

Anna Copeland questions whether other jurisdictions will learn the lessons out of this crisis.

Anna Copeland questions whether other jurisdictions will learn lessons out of this crisis.

In reaction to the disturbing scenes of torture and inhumane treatment from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, Director of Clinical Legal Education, Anna Copeland writes an opinion piece published by The Guardian on children in solitary confinement:

"The images on Four Corners on Monday have shocked the country. They revealed extreme abuse being inflicted on detainees, in a systematic way. This was not a case of one corrections officer doing the wrong thing. This was a case of practices that were clearly accepted by a number of officers, known about by more, and tolerated, if not sanctioned, by the corrections system itself.

As politicians scramble to deny knowledge that this went on, we are left with the devastating question of how was this allowed to happen.

It is very clear that the factors which form the prerequisite elements for this type of conduct exist beyond the Don Dale Detention Centre and beyond the Northern Territory. The question is will other jurisdictions learn the lessons that will come out of this crisis?"

Read Anna Copeland's article in full here.

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