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NT teens gassed, restrained in jail: video

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016

Disturbing footage of young boys being stripped naked, tear-gassed and held in solitary confinement for days has surfaced in the Northern Territory.

ABC's Four Corners has obtained footage of teens in 2014 at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and again in 2015 in the old Berrimah adult prison that replaced Don Dale.

In one video, a 17-year-old child is hooded, shackled to a "mechanical device" chair and left alone for two hours.

"They're being shackled to chairs a la Guantanamo Bay," barrister John Lawrence told the ABC.

"This is actually happening in Australia in 2016."

The child had been in Don Dale in 2014, with more videos of his abuse surfacing.

He was stripped naked numerous times, held on the floor and forcefully restrained by guards in 2014-15.

In Don Dale, teens kept in the isolation wing known as the Behavioural Management Unit (BMU) were reportedly locked in their tiny cells for almost 24 hours a day with no running water, and little natural light.

Correctional Services Minister John Elferrink said he had not seen many of the videos including one where guards were saying "I'll pulverise the f***er" as a young man in isolation was bagging at windows.

"That demonstrates a lack of training," he told Four Corners.

"When matters come to me I make sure they're investigated."

Since 2014 the government has extended staff training from four days to eight weeks.

Lawyers and human rights activists have called for the facility to be shut down for good and called on the federal government to intervene.

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