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Solitary confinement within juvenile detention centres in Western Australia

Nunez, L.P. and Copeland, A.ORCID: 0000-0001-9383-9486 (2017) Solitary confinement within juvenile detention centres in Western Australia. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 25 (3-4). pp. 716-735.

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This article examines the use of solitary confinement of juveniles within the Western Australian justice system. Examining the legal framework, it points to the issues of inadequate accountability and oversight. Often manifesting itself under different names such as regression or simply confinement, it still results in extended periods of social isolation, minimal environmental stimulation and minimal opportunity for social interaction.

The negative consequences of such confinement on children and young people are briefly examined before it is considered within the international human rights framework, specifically, in light of Australia's international obligations and their stated commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Beijing Rules and Havana Guidelines.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Copyright: © 2017 koninklijke brill
United Nations SDGs: Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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