JSS BANNER 1. PRISON IS NOT A HEALTHY PLACE. ANEX HARM REDUCTION CONFERENCE 2004 PETER NORDEN, S.J. POLICY DIRECTOR JESUIT SOCIAL SERVICES. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
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ANEX HARM REDUCTION
PETER NORDEN, S.J.
JESUIT SOCIAL SERVICES
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BEING USED AS AN INSTRUMENT OF SOCIAL CONTROL BY THE STATE, AND THE VICTIMS ARE THE POOR, THE HOMELESS, THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED, THE MENTALLY ILL, AND THOSE WHO SELF-MEDICATE TO EASE THE PAIN.
IN VICTORIA, 25% OF THE CURRENT PRISON POPULATION CAME FROM JUST 2.1% OF THE 647 POSTCODES IN THIS STATE, AND HALF OF THE PRISON POPULATION CAME FROM JUST 7.3% OF POSTCODES.
THE PRISONS ARE BEING ASKED TO DEAL WITH SUBSTANTIAL GENERAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF THE WIDER SOCIETY AND IS BEING FORCED TO EXTEND ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IN RESPONDING TO SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENCES.