Advocates call for national ban on spit hoods after NSW becomes second state to outlaw their use

Legislation banning the use of the devices, which have been linked to deaths in custody, passes in NSW with cross-party support

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Advocates are calling for a nationwide ban on spit hoods – which have been linked to deaths in custody – after New South Wales became the second state to outlaw the use of the restraint devices.

The Ban Spit Hoods Coalition, which works to end the use of the fabric device which is placed over people’s heads in custodial settings, said spit hoods were an unacceptable threat to human life and dignity and that all states and territories should follow the lead of NSW and South Australia, with the latter state the first to ban its use in 2021.

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