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Families of executed Myanmar activists say military refusing to hand over bodies

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia opposes the death penalty, calling on the junta to release unjustly detained prisoners and end violence in the country.
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Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in yellow shirt with party pin and bag

Seventeen Banksia Hill juvenile inmates in adult prison

A group of 17 teenagers has been relocated from WA's Banksia Hill Detention Centre to an isolated unit at a maximum security prison, despite a backlash from advocates.
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'That's our children': Families fear transfer of youth detainees to adult jail will trap them in cycle of crime

Family members of teenage boys relocated to Western Australia's highest security prison fear the move will ensnare them in a cycle of violence, as the national children's commissioner says disadvantaged youth are being blamed for system failures. 
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Woman jailed for attempted prison break

A brazen escape plan by Canberra woman Lila Walto who rammed a corrective services vehicle to spring her partner from prison has landed her with a six-year jail term.
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Former rapper and MP among four people executed by junta in Myanmar

By Erin Handley with wires
Among those executed was former hip-hop artist and ousted MP Phyo Zeya Thaw, who has close ties to Australia and whose death has sent a ripple of shock through the diaspora community here.
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Death of Indigenous man from ear infection while in custody was preventable, inquest finds

A coroner finds the failure to identify and treat an Indigenous inmate's ear disease precipitated the man's death in custody and recommends a trial of Medicare for Aboriginal people in custody.
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Texas woman accused of killing professional cyclist and fleeing the country pleads not guilty

Authorities say Kaitlin Armstrong used several aliases and tried to become a yoga teacher in Costa Rica before being caught. 
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Seventeen Banksia Hill juvenile inmates moved to Casuarina Prison

The teenagers, formerly detained at Banksia Hill Detention Centre, move to an isolated unit at the maximum-security Casuarina Prison.
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a scratched wall in a cell at the Banksia Hill detention centre

Oli was sent to prison. A musical experience there changed his life

By Nick Baker and Regina Botros for Life Matters
Inmates are being encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings through songs, with some unexpected results.
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Listen to 'Yesterday' by Sione from 'Songbirds 3'

'Yesterday' by Sione from 'Songbirds 3'
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Judge planned to jail Polanski over child sex conviction before director fled

A judge told lawyers he would jail film director Roman Polanski for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, a former prosecutor testifies.
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'Not suitable in any way': Protesters voice anger over relocation of young offenders to adult prison

WA's Commissioner for Children and Young People and protestors voice their opposition to the transfer of 20 boys from Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre to Casuarina Prison.
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Two weeks of being locked in a room for up to 23 hours a day ends for youth detainees

The increase in staffing at Tasmania's controversial youth detention centre means a lockdown that forced children to be locked in their rooms for most of the day can finally lift.
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An aerial view of Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

US inmate charged with murder of prison officer who helped him escape

Casey White is charged with the murder of prison officer Vicky White, who led him out of jail in handcuffs before the pair went on the run.
Two images side by side: Mr White's prison mug shot and Ms White's professional headshot in uniform

Curbing the NT's high reoffending rates

Legal advocates and former prisoners claim a lack of effective rehabilitation programs at Darwin's only adult prison is contributing to the Northern Territory's staggering reoffending rates.
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Man jailed for decades over police murders acquitted

Melbourne man Jason Roberts who was accused of the brutal slaying of two Victorian police officers has left prison for the first time in decades after being acquitted of their murders.
Duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds

The Northern Territory has Australia's highest reoffending rates. Ex-prisoners have a solution

Legal advocates and former prisoners claim a lack of effective rehabilitation programs at Darwin's only adult prison is contributing to the Northern Territory's staggering reoffending rates.
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From a self-published writer to a two-time winner: The authors vying for the Miles Franklin

The shortlist for Australia’s top literary award includes an epic novel about a life shaped by trauma, and a pregnant teen’s letter to the baby she may never get to raise.
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The stack of books on the Miles Franklin shortlist for 2022

'Children belong in school, they don't belong in prison': SA Greens reignite push to raise minimum age of criminal responsibility

A Greens push for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to 14 years old reignites the debate in South Australia, with the state government saying it is considering the proposal.
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Convicted murderer Domenic Perre recovering from heart surgery after NCA bombing verdict

NCA bomber Domenic Perre is recovering in the Royal Adelaide Hospital after undergoing heart surgery. The 65-year-old collapsed last week shortly after being found guilty of murder and attempted murder. 
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This mobile cafe is giving mums leaving jail a second chance

For most people in western New South Wales, the Three Wise Women mobile cafe is a place to grab a coffee, but for some women it's a second chance.
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'A danger to the greater community': Family of murder victim demands Nicole McGuinness remain behind bars

The brother of a woman who was murdered, dismembered and buried in a strawberry patch 20 years ago tells the Supreme Court the killer is a "monster" who remains a danger if released.
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Cheer's Jerry Harris jailed after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse charges

A US District Judge has sentenced the former college cheerleader to 12 years behind bars.
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Man who killed toddler son and dumped body in mine shaft close to being released from detention

A man who killed his son and dumped his body in an outback mine shaft is one step away from being discharged from a mental health facility, a South Australian court hears.
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Offenders from Perth's juvenile prison to be relocated after causing $1.8 million damage to cells and threatening staff

by Grace Burmas
A group of 20 young offenders from Banksia Hill detention centre will be relocated to a new youth facility at Casuarina Prison in a move an advocate says is gearing them up for a life in the criminal justice system. 
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Toilets have been ripped out of walls in a damaged prison cell