|Occupation Convicted felon|
Name Craig Minogue
|Education La Trobe University|
Criminal charge Murder
|Born 1962 (age 52–53)Australia|
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment with 30-year minimum.
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Craig Minogue (born 1962) is an Australian prisoner, convicted for the Easter Thursday 27 March 1986 bombing of the Russell Street Police Headquarters in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Minogue was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 30 years. Minogue is currently serving his sentence at Marngoneet Correctional Centre, in Lara, near Geelong, about one hour's drive from Melbourne. In 2012 Mingoue was awarded his PhD in applied ethics, human and social services by La Trobe University.
Russell Street Bombing
The Russell Street Bombing for which Minogue was initially imprisoned occurred at 1 pm on 27 March 1986. The blast killed 21-year-old Constable Angela Taylor and left 22 people injured and caused massive amounts of damage to the Russell Street Police Headquarters and surrounding buildings, with damage estimated at over a million dollars.
Minogue has initiated many legal challenges against the Victorian government, mostly concerning his treatment while imprisoned. In 2002 Minogue applied unsuccessfully to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) seeking copies of prison management and operation manuals. His request was refused, but he was granted access to limited information and restricted to viewing such information while within the prison library. This decision has been widely criticized by academics and lawyers as promoting a lack of administrative transparency in the prison system and creating a situation where the rules that prisoners are supposed to abide by are concealed from them.
In 2005 Minogue, who entered the prison system illiterate, completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours from Deakin University. In the same year he was accepted as a PhD. student at La Trobe University, the first prisoner in Australia and one of the few in the world to do so. Minogue uses his website to post information about his academic work.
In a coronial inquest into deaths in the fire at the prison Minogue gave evidence over three days. At the completion of the inquest the State Coroner found Corrections Victoria was, in his words, "moribund and corrupt". A book by Monash University academic and historian Dr. Bree Carlton, Imprisoning Resistance, examines the prisoner resistance which led to the Jika Jika fire.