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Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File

Inmates are excluded from Medicaid – here’s why it makes sense to change that

Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.
Inmates on the roof of State Penitentiary of Alcacuz during a riot on January 16. Ney Douglas/EPA

Who is really in control of Brazil’s prisons?

Violent massacres at prisons in the country's north, have disrupted a delicate balance of governance.
Daniel Andrews has announced reforms to Victoria’s bail laws following the events in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday. AAP/Angus Livingston

After Bourke St, Victoria should not rush in on bail reform

Australia needs to be very careful not to allow the bail system to become a political scapegoat at the hands of commentators exercising 20/20 hindsight.
Denying prisoners internet access seriously damages their prospects of rehabilitation. Lightspring from www.shutterstock.com

Give prisoners internet access for a safer and more humane community

If we are serious about rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending, then education and integration back into the community are vital. Today, internet access is essential to achieve that.
While men still make up the majority of prisoners in Australia, the increase in the incarceration rate for women is significantly greater than that for men. www.JobsForFelonsHub.com Flickr

Australia is locking up too many women but the UK offers a blueprint for a radical new approach

Australia female prison population has soared but many are jailed for minor offences. The UK's radical approach to women and prison, outlined in the 2007 Corston report, offers a model for Australia.

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