law & order policy effect on homelsss rights, suicides FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 30 May 1998 13:47:37 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.abc.net.au/news/regionals/alice/regalice-28may1998-5.htm
FWD  Australian Broadcast Corporation News - 28 May, 1998

     CONCERN OVER LAW AND ORDER POLICY EFFECT ON SUICIDES

Youth advocates in central Australia are concerned the Territory Chief
Minister's stance on law and order will lead to more youth suicides.

Shane Stone says he is impressed with a Los Angeles system of injunctions
which would focus on people considered to be potential offenders - and
remove their civil rights.

The Central Australian Youth Justice group says homeless people would be
the targets.

The group's Ariel Couchman says Alice Springs has an alarming rate of youth
suicide, and such policies will only make it worse:

"Many of the youths who killed themselves were people who were just being
picked up now and again and in trouble with the police but nothing very
serious," he said.

"It just seems to be that they felt they had no where to go, there was no
future for them."

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