The inquest findings into the tragic death of Mr Jackamarra in Broome Regional Prison in 2015 were released last week, and in their wake the WA government has claimed it is moving to improve the conditions at the prison in which Mr Jackamarra passed away.
National Justice Project Senior Solicitor Emma Hearne represented Mr Jackamarra’s family at the inquest in WA and spoke to ABC News about the inquest findings: “There needs to be … a better system to have mental health professionals at the prisons be part of that intake process,” Ms Hearne said. “Obviously it comes down to the resources the state is willing to put in to address this issue, but I think it should be their primary concern.”
It has sadly taken over 3-and-a-half years for the family to receive these findings and recommendations. Notwithstanding the delay, the family were pleased that issues of mental health in prisons were raised publicly and that the WA government has committed to make changes. This is why the NJP continues to pursue inquests and claims on behalf of vulnerable people impacted by systemic racism. See the article Emma is quoted in here.