Stop the over-reaction. This was not ‘torture’

John Heffernan has worked for 33 years in both adult and juvenile detention centres. I think he is qualified to provide an informed opinion on this issue.

“The ABC “Four Corners” program a few nights ago showed just a few seconds of edited footage which has now resulted in politicians from all over the country jumping on the bandwagon and declaring years of torture and cover-up in the management of juveniles offenders in the NT.

As evidence of this “torture” the ABC presented an image of a detainee in a chair with a hood over his head and proclaimed this is the way prisoners of war are treated, not kids.

I’m sorry, but through my experienced eyes I see a juvenile offender, who has obviously been acting out, being provided time out, restrained in an approved chair, with an approved “spit hood” covering his head.”

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/rendezview/stop-the-overreaction-this-was-not-torture/news-story/7d2e9854021b2a9d9589e33599a48f9b

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