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‘Cruel’ Death in Australia Shows Need for Bail Reform

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Donna Nelson, the mother of Veronica Marie Nelson, speaks to the media outside the Coroners Court on January 30, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.  © 2023 Tamati Smith/Getty Images On Monday, a coroner in the Australian state of Victoria issued their report on the death of a 37-year-old First Nations woman, Veronica Nelson. The report found that current bail laws are “discriminatory” and the failure of prison health services contributed to Nelson’s “preventable” death in custody. The coroner recommended urgent bail reform and referred the private prison healthcare provider…

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