Proposed legislation would also ban solitary confinement in Northern Territory’s youth detention centres

Proposed legislation in the Northern Territory to ban routine strip searches and solitary confinement in youth detention centres is a “landmark” move that would leapfrog it ahead of other Australian states, the Human Rights Law Centre has said.

Last week the NT minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield, introduced an amendment to the youth justice act, limiting the use of force and restraints in the youth detention system.

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