Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Everyone wants to get out of 'jail' but 'Framed' wants life

Ron Woodham NSW Commissioner of Corrective Services banned Framed a quarterly magazine by Justice Action to Correctional Centres.

On 2 May 2002, Justice Action received a faxed letter from Manager of DCS Operations Support Branch saying that, in his view, articles in Framed edition #42 'lack balance and integrity' and he is therefore 'not prepared to recommend this issue of Framed for placement in to correctional centre libraries.' Prisoners and those concerned about prisoner issues have very few sources of information.

Framed is one of the most important for inmates of Australian Correctional Centres it is the only magazine giving prisoners a voice.

Framed reports on what's really happening and lets prisoners know that Justice Action is fighting for them. The Magazine goes to the centres in all states except the Northern Territory and they're working on that. Letter from John Klok Senior Assistant Commissioner DCC said" It has come to my attention that Justice Action has been forwarding copies of their recent issue of Framed to individual inmates" Please be advised that the Department has not given its approval to the recent issue of Framed as it contains many misleading, inaccurate and provocative articles."

A spokesperson for Justice Action said "What about the other 41 issues that were sent in to the jail? And what was printed was the truth about Rotten Ron's history of employment. These matters had been dealt with by the authorities like the Royal Commission into prisons etc.

Misleading no! Inaccurate no! Provocative? What article isn't? Therefore the fact that there was an inquiry about Ron Woodham at the time then that would be more likely to be the reason why they (DCS) rejected the issue and not the stated reasons."

Justice Action

By Or Wellian 27 November 2002

ED: What have you got to do to get into a NSW prison? Get a job with the Department? What if you don't agree?


Civil libertarians condemn planned changes to prisoners' privacy rights Civil libertarians and the New South Wales Privacy Commissioner have condemned a Government plan to prevent convicted criminals from claiming compensation if their private details are made public.

Prisoners can prove innocence for $20?
Les Kennedy Daily Telegraph reported today that" Prisoners who believe that DNA will prove they were wrongly convicted will have the chance to prove their innocence for a mere $20 administration fee. The move comes 20 months after NSW inmates were asked to provide DNA for comparison with a databank of DNA from unsolved crime scenes for possible convictions.

The punishment: Is the 'crime'
The punishment is the crime according to retired chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Justice Alistair Nicholson. "Smacking a child ought to be seen as assault".

Mr. & Mrs. Mandatory Sentencing
Well congratulations to the bride and groom. Could you please be upstanding and raise your glasses for Mr. And Mrs. Mandatory.

Just wipe your arse on Ivan again Minister?
Mr Amery Minister for Corrective services has a problem with finding a toilet roll to wipe his bottom. Justice Action is appalled at the attacks by Amery and others in parliament on Ivan Milat's right to privacy and their attacks on the Privacy Commissioner and his office.

NSW prisons - primary industry bailed up!
In many quiet regional centres around NSW there is a new primary industry shaping up. It has something to do with Bail but not with bales. The minister for Agriculture Richard Amery who also has the prisons portfolio is now committed to farming prisoners.

NSW Parliament Bitter Pills To Swallow?
One delusion pill: So people who investigate their own mistakes make sure there was no mistake or someone else made the mistake. Perhaps you're not biased and you will be honest about it.

The Government is likely to abolish the Inspector General of Corrective Services position The Mulawa inspection report recommendations below strictly illustrate how important he is.

Black Nexus
The Separation of Powers Doctrine is nowcontaminated witharangeofcolours, now leaving us with a black shirt on a once blue bridge that crossed that thin blue line. The 'Amery and Woodham show'.

Prison Mind Games-Do they exist?
Directives are given inside the prison system that are not consistent with the law in NSW. And not in the good interests of the health and well being of the prisoners.

Chronology - A History of Australian Prisons
[Allegedly:] The events that have shaped NSW prisons - from convict days through royal commissions, to the Supermax of today. [I say allegedly because no one should trust Four Corners [Walls], why? Because they spill out the propaganda of the day for the Government, whether it be wrong or right. A government that lies and has no remorse about it.]