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Prisons

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that incarcerated persons are in danger of not being fully accorded their human rights, and as such require additional protection.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that 

 

  1. All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.
  2. a. Accused persons shall, save in exceptional circumstances, be segregated from convicted persons and shall be subject to separate treatment appropriate to their status as unconvicted persons; 
    b. Accused juvenile persons shall be separated from adults and brought as speedily as possible for adjudication.
  3. The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation. Juvenile offenders shall be segregated from adults and be accorded treatment appropriate to their age and legal status. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • a review of prison system outcomes and the implementation of appropriate modifications;
  • quality, low-cost educational opportunities for prisoners;
  • increasing community awareness regarding sentencing and the reduction of recidivism;
  • ratification of and adherence to relevant human rights mechanisms;
  • Reduction of the rates of incarceration of groups vulnerable to discrimination.