Experts call on the government to close Don Dale 13/9/22

In the wake of possible Youth Justice Act breaches, experts cannot ‘reconcile’ the continued use of Don Dale and have called for the building to be bulldozed immediately.

NT Council of Social Services chief executive Deborah Di Natale said she visited Don Dale only last week.

“I visited Don Dale and I cannot reconcile how in a wealthy country we can keep children in such dehumanising conditions devoid of a therapeutic approach,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter how many policy platitudes you have, this facility is unfit for any purpose.”

Ms Di Natale, who is also a lawyer, said the NT Youth Justice Act states children should only be put into custody as a last resort.

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