BANKSIA HILL CLASS ACTION
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What is the action about?
“The themes are invariably the same: excessive lockdowns; punitive, inhumane, and degrading regimes; staff shortages; and a decrease in services.”
– Denis Reynolds, former President of the Children’s Court, and Neil Morgan, former OICS inspector.
Cruel and unusual punishment, including:
– ‘rolling lockdowns’, solitary confinement – excessive use of force including being ‘folded up’ – little or poor quality out of cell time
Punitive rather than rehabilitative focus, including:
– little or no access to essential programmes and services – education, medical and/or other specialist support services
The Banksia Hill class action aims to:
- Compensate current and former detainees for the unlawful conditions and/or practices they were subject to in juvenile detention.
- Engender comprehensive reform to ensure youth justice in Western Australia is ‘fit for purpose’.
- Realise the rehabilitative potential of detention through trauma-informed, culturally adapted, and/or age-appropriate models of behaviour management.