NT going backwards on black deaths in custody
Emma Murphy Green Left Weekly 5 July 2013
The Northern Territory’s new mandatory alcohol treatment law came into effect on July 1.
Now, anyone taken into protective custody for drunkenness three times in two months can be referred to three months’ mandatory rehabilitation in a secure facility. People who “repeatedly abscond” from forced treatment could face criminal charges.
The laws – which are part of the radical alcohol reforms the Country Liberal Party promised when it won the election in August last year – have been widely condemned by medical, legal and social justice advocates, who fear they will disproportionately affect Aboriginal people and could lead to higher rates of imprisonment.