Letter to Hon. Gerry McCarthy MLA from Priscilla Collins Chief Executive Officer North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency NAAJA's response to the New Era in Corrections dated 23 February 2011
Tabled paper 1429
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Tabled By Gerald McCarthy
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Summary of recommendations Recommendation 1: Recommendation 2: Recommendation 3: Recommendation 4: Recommendation 5: Recommendation 6: Recommendation 7: Recommendation 8: Violent offenders should be eligible for Community Custody Order and Community Based Orders. Community Corrections should adopt a culturally responsive way of supervising Aboriginal offenders: Corrections Officers should act more as mentors rather than statutory compliance officers A Supported Accommodation and Treatment Centre should be made available in the Darwin region, with particular attention being given to violent offenders and young offenders. Rehabilitation services should be available to regional and remote communities. Surveillance methods, such as anklets, should only be applied to the most serious offenders. Voice recognition technology should not replace face-to-face exchanges. Community based Law and Justice Groups, providing in custody and on community reintegration support, should be funded. More post release supported accommodation should be made available to reintegrating offenders. Recommendation 19: Increased funding to Correctional Services should not be at the expense of adequately resourcing Community Corrections: rehabilitation should predominantly occur within a community context. Recommendation 10: Mandatory sentencing provisions should be removed from ali NT legislation. Recommendation 11 Recommendation 12 Recommendation 13 Recommendation 14: Recommendation 15: Recommendation 16: Community Corrections should have a specific Youth Justice division. The Government should introduce an Adult Diversion program. The Government should introduce pre-sentence conferencing in the adult and youth jurisdictions. The Government should review the Parole of Prisoners Act 1971 (NT) and remove section 3HA which excludes the rules of natural justice. Justice Reinvestment principles should guide Government policy. All future Territory Towns should have appropriate justice services. 2