PLS will be closed for relocation from 24 October 2022 and will re-open on 7 November 2022. During this 2 week period we will not be taking any new enquiries or conducting work on existing matters. The PLS Prison Advice Line will not be answered during this time. While we will be in a different […]
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
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.
Prisoners’ Legal Service will be hosting a one-day CPD fundraiser event, titled ‘Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System’ on 11 June 2021.
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
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
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
People on remand and serving custodial sentences in Queensland are being held in solitary confinement and denied access to lawyers and adequate medical care, in an array
ABC has released a story today which draws upon the concerns previously raised by the University of Queensland and Prisoners’ Legal Service about the use of solitary confinement. This story contains interviews from people who have bravely shared their experiences of solitary confinement in Queensland’s prisons. We renew our call for an end to this
New research from The University of Queensland has called for an end to solitary confinement in Queensland prisons because of the impact on the mental and physical health of prisoners. The multidisciplinary report was co-authored by Law School researcher Professor Tamara Walsh, Director and Principal Solicitor of Prisoners’ Legal