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Vulnerable children caught up in the criminal justice system can suffer long-lasting consequences, even from a short period behind bars. from www.shutterstock.com

Locking up kids damages their mental health and sets them up for more disadvantage. Is this what we want?

Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
A judge’s decision to acquit a Halifax taxi driver charged with sexual assault was protested at this rally in Halifax in March 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

#MeToo: In Canada, rape myths continue to prevent justice for sexual assault survivors

A new Canadian law introduced as a nod to #MeToo, meant to protect sexual assault complainants, will have limited impact because it fails to consider how sexist judges and lawyers interpret laws.
A man holds up a joint during a 2017 rally to support the legalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana?

As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
Annie Dookhan, center, pictured with her family in a Boston courtroom Nov. 22, 2013, after she pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. Dookhan was a state chemist. David L. Ryan/AP/The Boston Globe

How corruption in forensic science is harming the criminal justice system

Forensic science is only as good as the equipment and the people who calibrate it, some high-profile cases indicate. Thousands of innocent people have been harmed. Here's how.
Tony Mokbel was sentenced to at least 22 years in jail in 2012 after pleading guilty to large-scale drug importation - but some argue he could get a new trial or even walk free given the latest revelations. Justine Smith/AAP

Victorian royal commission into policing needs to take a broad approach: here’s why

The royal commission will examine the conduct of a defence barrister who became an informant to the police - supplying information on her own clients that had been given to her in strict confidence.
Indigenous people make up just 4.2% of the Queensland population, but are the subjects of 21% of domestic violence protection order applications. Shutterstock

How Indigenous women have become targets in a domestic violence system intended to protect them

A new study in Queensland shows that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are far more likely to be targeted by domestic violence protection orders than the general population.

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