Late last year, our Director Katrina Channells edited the third episode of Over Represented, a great series produced by VICE Australia on the topic of Indigenous incarceration. The series screened on ABC iView in December. The third episode is titled Barred Calls: On the Line with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
You can view the full episode below:
Episode synopsis from VICE:
Client Service Officers (CSOs) at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service are responsible for checking in on the wellbeing of every Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander taken into custody within Victoria and Tasmania. Established in response to Australia's deplorable record of Indigenous incarceration, the service is a vital measure in the prevention of Aboriginal deaths in custody. However, after hours, there is only ever one CSO on duty.
VICE Australia spent a night shift with Elva, a 28-year-old CSO and proud Indigenous woman. Over the course of 12 hours, we watched Elva make dozens of calls to police stations in order to carry out her crucial role. It's a heavy responsibility but Elva's sense of justice, and the compassion she feels for her people, keep her committed to the task.