Media Alert : Kids in Country Not in Custody – Royal Commissions’ Final Report March and Community Meeting in Mparntwe

Media Alert : Kids in Country Not in Custody – Royal Commissions’ Final Report March and Community Meeting in Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

14 November 2017 Mparntwe (Alice Springs)

On the 17th of November the Royal Commission into Youth Dentention and Child Protection in the NT’s Final Report is due. In an immediate response, families affected by the juvenile justice and child protection system and their supporters will march and hold a community meeting to discuss the recommendations and next steps for Mparntwe and the wider northern territory communities.

Families and their supporters call for “Kids in Country, Not in Custody”, with a focus on Indigenous led culturally appropriate alternatives to prison. The other demands include: no child to be held in custody on remand; an increase in the age of criminal responsibility; that breach of bail should not be criminalised and that young people and their families have access to local legal representation.

Groups pledging their support include, the Grandparents Group, Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe, Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS), Intervention Rollback Action Group, Amnesty International, amongst others.

Media Opportunity:
17 Nov 2017
4 – 5.30 Gathering and March from Courthouse Lawns, past Magistrates Court, Supreme Court, ANZ bank (the site of recent vigilante attacks on children) and down Todd Mall towards the Council Building
5.30 – 7.30 Community Meeting in the Andy McNeil Room

Media Liaison:
Meret MacDonald
0456 475 810

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