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Comment on Helping offenders on probation and parole stay out of gaol by Peter.

Yes, many prisoners are now refusing parole knowing that they will not be able to comply with parole conditions and do not want Corrections snooping on their lives.
So how will closer supervision, “support” and clear consequences for non-compliance make them change their minds?
The new program assumes that prisoners want to change their lives whereas they are content with them.
They are prepared to live their lives as they see fit even if that means periodically going to jail.
To take just one issue.
They are mostly drinkers, not necessarily alcoholics but they like to drink with their friends and family.
The fact that they drink does not mean they will necessarily reoffend except if drinking becomes an offence.
And while on parole it is an offence.
They simply won’t comply, no matter how often and long they are jailed.
Just like they won’t wear ankle monitors, no matter how long they are jailed for non compliance.
Law and Order as conceived in mainstream Australia only works when there is a high level of acceptance and compliance.
Corrections have not yet realised that they need to understand a lot more about the cultural differences at the justice interface before they can reduce offending and recidivism.

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Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
@ Steve: “Jacinta‚Äôs message a cry for help for the lives of thousands of children.”
Yep and Bess based her career on the same cry for help.
It’s a worthy stance to take, it tugs at the heartstrings and you can’t argue with it. But what are the solutions?
Bess didn’t have any and what are Jacinta’s?
Well, none.
After a while voters will get tired of having their heartstrings yanked and will demand a fix, at least some worthy ideas.
Without them the cry for help is just manipulation.

Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
Jacinta carries the legacy of her mother.
That includes cutting off the water to the impoverished community of Whitegate.
On these pages Jacinta supported this appalling action.
At the time she was under the sway of Adam Giles and she took a side and many Aboriginal people have not forgiven her.
I was working in Willowra just before the last NT election and the backlash against Bess was overwhelming.
Nether Bess nor Jacinta work on the ground to win Aboriginal communities over and the more they claim to represent them the less they can legitimately make that claim.
Aboriginal people have a long history of being represented by others without their approval.
They don’t like it but rarely have the chance to speak out.
Unfortunately for her the next election is a rare opportunity.
Price to take on Snowden in Lingiari?
Forget it Jacinta, for all his faults Warren knows his place, knows who he can speak for and who he can’t.

‘Bring back school based constables’
@ Phil Walcott: What a joke restorative justice programs have been in the Territory. They actually undid the good work of school cops.
At Alice Springs Highschool there was a spate of racist behaviour allegedly perpetrated by white kids on Aboriginal students.
Oddly the Aboriginal students were often a lot bigger, tougher and ganged up.
At the restorative meetings the white kids would readily confess their offence and apologise profusely.
They would accept any consequence for their poor behaviour without any complaint.
In reality, the racist accusation was a weapon expertly used against targeted white students who often attended the school in fear of assault.
In any restorative situation where the participants rather than the school decide who is in the wrong the power relationship will prevail.
That relationship invariable favoured the Aboriginal students.
One outcome was Aboriginal youth who thought they could always manipulate the system.
Many ended up in jail.
The other outcome was successive generations of racist white adults, they never forgot.

New shield laws protect news sources, but is there a flip side?
Hi Erwin, I wouldn’t bother asking this of many journalists because I doubt they would, but would you go to jail to protect a source?
[Yes. To protect the source’s identity.]

Offenders bailed to ‘country’: An option, says police
David, it’s not just Lhere Artepe selling grog but other major Aboriginal groups in town have also tried to make money out of selling grog.
The Memo Club was funded by CentreCorp and behind that was the Central Land Council and Congress.
Yes Congress, recipient of $40m a year from taxpayers to improve Aboriginal health was on the CentreCorp Board that supported grog sales, mostly to Aboriginal people.

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