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Deaths in Custody Watch Committee

Adele spoke at the public lecture on 27th January organised by the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee to commemorate the second anniversary of Mr Ward’s death. She spoke about the serious issue of prison overcrowding and the issue of indigenous juveniles in our criminal justice system.

“It’s very expensive to imprison people – it costs nearly $200,000 per year to house one youth in the juvenile justice system – this is alot of money that could be put to better use. We could use it for diversion programs and education programs for juveniles. We could use it to build safe houses for kids at risk in our community to get them off the streets. We need a whole new paradigm for how we deal with at risk juveniles. Locking kids up is not working”

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