The process of initiation should be allowed to continue in detention, inmates should be able to attend ceremonies including funerals outside the prison, and psychologists or psychiatrists should be on hand to deal with distress such as being strip searched, according to Associate Professor John Rynne (pictured at the hearing). He gave evidence to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in Alice Springs on Friday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The Royal Commission rakes over the multitude of failures during the Henderson Labor government and its refusal to build fit-for-purpose juvenile detention facilities while spending half a billion dollars on a gaol for adults in to Top End. Former Corrections Minister and current front-bencher Gerry McCarthy (pictured at the hearing) gives evidence in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Don't put all Aboriginal kids in the "one box", a detainee's grandmother says. It is assumed her grandson comes from a broken home. Not so. She described a “close family” with both his parents “workers, home buyers”. KIERAN FINNANE reports.