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Prisoners need access to lawyers urgently

Average Queenslanders are unnecessarily being left to languish in prison, often for days on end in solitary confinement because they have extremely limited access to legal advice, according to the state’s peak prisoner legal advocate. Prisoners’ Legal Service Director and Principal Solicitor Helen Blaber today (9 February 2022) said the restrictions on freedoms and risk …

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Fundraising Gala

We are excited to share the news that the UQ Justice and the Law Society’s Annual Fundraising Gala 2021 will be raising funds for PLS! Join us on 28 October 2021 at the Indigenous-owned and operated Birrunga Gallery and Dining in the Brisbane CBD to help raise funds towards PLS helping vulnerable people in prison. …

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PLS and LawRight make joint submission to KPMG’s review of Parole Board Queensland

PLS and LawRight have jointly written a submission to KPMG in relation to the independent review being conducted into Parole Board Queensland. PLS and LawRight have raised concerns about unprecedented delays in parole decisions, proposing potential solutions to address this administrative and social crisis. The letter outlines the substantial human and financial costs associated with …

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Prisoners’ Legal Service undergo cultural training for working with First Nations people in prison

    On Wednesday 03 March 2021, PLS staff and volunteers engaged in cultural training delivered through a collaboration between Birrunga Gallery and Dining and the Wayne Weaver Foundation. At Birrunga Gallery and Dining, PLS engaged in deep discussion with Wiradyuri man Birrunga Wiradyuri and Wayne Weaver, on issues such as practising cultural sensitivity and …

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PLS calls for urgent attention to parole delays

PLS has written to the State Government raising concerns about unprecedented delays in parole decisions. PLS considers a crisis point has been reached which will become increasingly serious should the situation remain unaddressed. The letter outlines the substantial human and financial costs associated with these delays. Delayed parole decisions result in people who do not …

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PLS Media Release – COVID-19 in Australia’s prisons

As part of the Coalition for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People in Australia, PLS and a range of other agencies are calling on Australian State and Territory governments to release certain classes of prisoners and urgently improve prison health, medical and welfare services to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19. Please click here for the full …

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