A 26-year-old Indigenous man has died in custody at Sydney's Long Bay prison, the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services has confirmed.
The father of an Aboriginal man who died while waiting for someone to sign his bail paperwork in Broome, Western Australia, was notified of his death by staff at a prison 2,189km away – but it took them two phone calls to tell him which of his sons had died.
Maxine Bennell doesn't believe her 20-year-old son Jayden's death in a Western Australian prison was suicide. With the inquest approaching, she's preparing to ask hard questions, and is determined her son won't be just another Indigenous statistic.
People who flout fines could have to spend longer in jail to pay off their debt under options being explored to recoup an outstanding bill that has blown out to almost $362 million.
The West Australian Government has been urged to consider the reintroduction of bail hostels in a bid to cut down on the growing number of people on remand in the state's prisons.