It's all in a days work for the chaplains in town. Canon BRIAN JEFFRIES writes about people in Alice Springs who perform great deeds without fanfare. PHOTO: Induction last year of Rev’d Rob Weekes as the new Police Fire and Emergency Services chaplain (Southern Command). L to R: Commander Brad Currie, Rev’d Rob Weekes, Assistant Commissioner Michael White.
Public opposition to the proposed siting of a new youth detention centre was a factor in the government decision not to build it, but $10m will be spent on expanding the current facility next to the adult prison, Families Minister Dale Wakefield announced today. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A potentially explosive meeting about local firms losing business to the prison workshops ends amicably – and on a promising note. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: New 600 square meter metal workshop at the Alice Springs jail.
When the prison doors slam shut behind you after being sentenced to a gaol term, it seems a further system of punishment kicks in, which has none of the fairness and transparency of our courts of law, and is the product of unelected people subject to no checks other than their own. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Google Earth image of the Alice Springs prison.
NEW: Please note the exchange between Phil Walcott and John Elferink in the comment section of the report.
A man sentenced today in the Supreme Court in Alice Springs to six months imprisonment had already been in custody for 12. While in custody he suffered a serious assault at the hands of another prisoner (since sentenced for the offence) and spent the rest of his time in gaol in "protection", which in fact means lockdown for 22 hours a day. "The system has failed," said Chief Justice Trevor Riley (pictured).
KIERAN FINNANE reports from the Supreme Court where the jury in the Liam Jurrah trial is still out.
Special police operations have been welcomed in Alice Springs this month, to prevent a repeat of the ‘crime waves’ of last summer. As a result, numerous people have been arrested and brought before the courts. So many in fact, that there’s not enough space for everyone at the prison, Mark O’Reilly of the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service writes.