Supporting mums in prison and whose babies are in care to breastfeed has benefits for mums, their children and wider society.
It's one of the largest prison escapes in world history and it's through fiction we can understand the tragedy, from both an Australian and Japanese perspective.
State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.
Women's prisons have become stopgaps, a place to simply put people society does not know what else to do with.
Australia should look to the New Zealand model, which has a strong focus on community, and recognises that the majority of young people grow-out of participating in crime.
The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.
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.
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In several Australian prisons, babies and toddlers live with their mothers who are serving time. Keeping young children with their mums is a good thing, but they need to be better supported.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
Some prisoners love and care for each other, but others physically, verbally and emotionally abuse each other. These offences can threaten safety and the good order of the prison.
Vulnerable young people have been failed by austerity policies that have decimated the services meant to protect them.
Women in prison with brain injury are at increased risk of substance abuse, poor mental health and suicide. Yet support for these women is scant.
Asylums were once designed to aid mental recovery – perhaps modern prisons should take note.
The British justice secretary's proposal to make short prison sentences a last resort is the right idea at the worst possible time.
Most Victorian convicts left prison weighing the same as when they arrived. Some even gained weight.
Introducing colour and light to a traditionally dark place.
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Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.