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Issues relating to criminal justice are a hot-button issue. While there will always a place for prisons to keep our community safe, we know that change for the common good demands much more. We also know that unemployment, low educational levels, alcohol abuse and mental illness in our community contribute to crime. What should we do about crime and the criminal justice system? Catholic Social Services Victoria has produced a two-page Policy Perspective on this controversial topic, which explores facts and policy recommendations for change grounded in the wisdom of Catholic Social Teaching.
Pope Francis has sent a short message of greeting and good wishes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to mark the 30th anniversary of the landmark address by Pope John Paul II upon his visit to Alice Springs in 1986.
The Australian Syrian Charity is hosting a night of Eastern Carols by Candlelight praying for Australia and the Middle East, particularly refugees, on Saturday 17 December at St Charbel Village, 45 Providence Road, Greenvale. This is an evening for the whole family and will provide a wonderful opportunity for the community to join together in prayer for the many people who are suffering, particularly in war-torn areas.
Adult prisons are no place for young people. Urgent action is needed in youth justice, but to build community safety we need to promote human flourishing. Fixing the remand system is an urgent requirement. 

Catholic Social Services Victoria calls for an urgent, comprehensive response to the problems faced in youth justice, including a systematic expansion of prevention and diversion, urgent attention to remand, and a comprehensive focus on the development of each person. This is in the interests of these young Victorians, and is needed to build the safe community that we all desire.

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