Journal article

The Holcroft inquest: prisoners deserve more humane prison transportation

25 May 2012

This paper deals with the 2011 NSW Inquest into the death in custody of Mark Holcroft in 2009 and the related issues about the rights and essential needs of prisoners undertaking long journeys in prison transport.

The paper highlights the findings and recommendations of the Coroner and the NSW Government’s recent official response.

The paper discusses similar issues about prison transportation that arose in the Western Australian Inquest into the death of Mr Ward in 2008 and the investigation by the Australian Human Rights Commission into the transportation of certain immigration detainees in 2007.

The paper then discusses potential law and policy reform to enhance the rights and essential needs of Australian prisoners when they are being transported over long distances and in adverse conditions.

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