Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

From Nagle to Now Expert Panel Q&A

Overview

The Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus hosted a free public event on Thursday 23 August to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Nagle Royal Commission into NSW Prisons. The Royal Commission was initiated to investigate the brutal reprisals following riots at Bathurst Gaol in the mid-1970s, and although much has changed since the report’s release, the principles of prison administration and social justice it laid down remain relevant today.

Sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC), an expert panel debated Justice Nagle’s legacy and the role of law against the backdrop of a rapidly increasing prison population, increasing sentence length and the privatisation of prison services in NSW. The event also featured a Welcome to Country by Wiradyuri Elders and a live performance by former Bathurst inmate and Deadly Award recipient, Uncle Vic Simms and his band On the Prowl.