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Russell Marks

Writer and lawyer

Russell Marks is an honorary associate at La Trobe University, and has worked as a lawyer, a policy adviser, a speechwriter and a cricket coach. He is the author of Crime and Punishment: Offenders and Victims in a Broken Justice System.

A photo of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day, who died in police custody in 2017  (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

A prison cell is no place to 'sober up'

Victoria is set to repeal its draconian public drunkenness offence, but there are other laws around the country which lead to similar risks.

(Image: AAP/Jeremy Ng)

What good is a custody notification service if you don't notify anyone about it?

The NT finally has a service in place for when Indigenous people are arrested by police. But the odd silence from key stakeholders raises questions about how the system is being implemented.