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The Extra Bit

‘The Extra Bit’ Report aims to shed light upon the lack of individual empowerment afforded to mental health consumers. It is crucial that consumers are encouraged to adopt an active role in their own treatment.

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ICOPA posters

Here collected is the output from most of the conferences in Poster format.

A list of the ICOPA conferences so far.

  1. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1983
  2. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1985
  3. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1987
  4. azimierz Dolny, Poland, 1989
  5. Bloomington, Indiana, USA, 1991
  6. San Jose, Costa Rica, 1993
  7. Barcelona, Spain, 1995
  8. Auckland, New Zealand, 1997
  9. Toronto, Ontario, 2000
  10. Lagos, Nigeria, 2002
  11. Tasmania Australia 2006

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UK Article - Alternatives to Punishment Being Ignored

Blair defends ministers' prisons advice


Hélène Mulholland and agencies
Wednesday January 24, 2007
Guardian Unlimited
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,,1997589,00.html

Tony Blair insisted today that a letter sent to judges by senior ministers urging them to find alternative punishments to prison was "simply reminding the courts of existing sentencing policy".

The prime minister was forced on the defensive by David Cameron after the government urged judges and magistrates to jail only the most dangerous and persistent criminals in a bid to ease prison overcrowding.

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JA Publications on DNA Testing

Click the links below to download JA publictions:

Big Brother - Life Imitating Art

Consent by Coercion

Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2000 Amended Proposals.doc

Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) - Senate Meeting

DNA and Criminal Justice

DNA Testing - Prisoners Fight Back

DNA Testing and Indigenous Australians

DNA Testing and NSW Prisoners

Forensic Procedures Legislation Alert

JA Articles and Papers on DNA Testing - Introduction.doc

JA's Supplementary Submission

Justice Actions Submission to Standing Committee

Legally Scientific?

Proposed Amendments to Crimes (Forensics Procedures) Bill

Submission to the Senate

The Brave New World of Big Brother Bob

When Government Grabs Your Genes

Corey Brough

Short Statement Summarising the Corey Brough Case:
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that Corey Brough, an adolescent Aboriginal man with a mild intellectual disability, has been the victim of human rights violations at the hand of the New South Wales prison officials whilst being detained at Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney. The Australian government, a signatory to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has refused to acknowledge the Committee’s decision and are currently ignoring calls for an effective remedy for this vulnerable individual.

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Treatment, Not Prison, for Mentally Ill

Australian Medical Association
18 Sep 2006


Imprisonment should be the last resort for people with mental health problems, AMA (Australian Medical Association) President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today.

In an editorial in the latest Medical Journal of Australia, senior psychiatry experts have called on State, Territory and Federal Governments to spend some of the $4 billion recently marked for mental health services reform on improving prison mental health services.

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Mental Health and Video Visitations

    Video visitations are increasingly being used in prisons to "manage" the visitation rights of inmates from the inside.  The use of video visitations is a mental health issue because it denies parents needed contact with children.  Face-to-face contact with family and friends is imperative since many inmates are in a precarious mental state.  Indeed, many prisoners state that knowing that they are going to have a visit from a loved one is the only thing that gets them through the week.


New York Times
November 11, 2006

A Jail Turns to Video for Visitations

By Robert Strauss

EDMOND C. CICCHI, the warden at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center, saw only chaos during visitation hours at his jail in North Brunswick, N.J.

“You have to visualize the visitation hall and see all these people crowded in there,” said Mr. Cicchi, whose jail averages about 1,200 prisoners a day. “You could have 160 people in there shoulder to shoulder.

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Mental Heath Fact Sheet

Beyond Bars

There are many people in prison in NSW who have some form of mental illness.  This fact sheet examines why people with a mental illness are sent to prison and the problems that arise from the incarceration of those who are have mental health issues.

What is a Mental Illness?
The term ‘mental illness’ is very broad.  It covers a diverse range of health conditions relating to somebody’s psychological state.  Depression and schizophrenia are some of the better known examples of mental illness.  It is useful to note that the definition of mental illness is fluid.  It has changed frequently over time and is influenced by various social and cultural trends.  Some behaviours that would have been diagnosed as mental illness a decade ago would not necessarily be diagnosed in the same way today.

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Inside Story - Prison Health

(Source: British Medical Journal, 22 January 2007)
bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/326/7379/56.pdf

I can speak from first hand experience about the lack of health care within the prison service, albeit from the perspective of the much over populated female estate.

The job of being a prison doctor is hard. Many inmates are drug users or self harmers. They pull fast ones to get legal prescriptions to alleviate the gnawing need for heroin or crack cocaine. They try to get sick notes so they do not have to work. However, not all prisoners are addicts or skivers, yet we are treated as if we are.

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UN condemns Aus Prisons

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that Corey Brough, an adolescent Aboriginal man with a mild intellectual disability, has been the victim of human rights violations at the hand of the New South Wales prison officials whilst being detained at Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney.

The Australian government, a signatory to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has refused to acknowledge the Committee’s decision and are currently ignoring calls for an effective remedy.

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