Further details of Victorian Government’s settlement with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

FURTHER DETAILS: As part of the last minute back down, the Victorian Government has committed not to transfer any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child to an adult jail. The only extremely limited possibility for transfers is in exceptional circumstances and, even then, only on the advice of the Aboriginal Children’s Commissioner that the transfer is in the best interests of that child.

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Children being held in appalling conditions at Barwon adult prison Children being held in appalling conditions at Barwon adult prison

Children told the lawyers that they are “being treated like caged animals”, saying, “we’re being left in our cells to rot away”. The children described spending their days pacing four steps up and back in their solitary cells.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that Barwon is unequivocally unfit for children.

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