Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011.
The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases.
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Jeff Sessions wants prosecutors to 'charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.' That's a step back to our failed experiment in mass incarceration.
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
A poisoned chalice.
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A new reform bill will not fix the prison problem: too many people are being incarcerated.
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California.
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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.
Convicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915.
In the 12 years following the abolition of slavery, former slaves made meaningful political, social and economic gains. This moment was short-lived.
Up to 90% of Australian female prisoners were victims of abuse prior to incarceration.
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To reduce female recidivism rates, we need to address inmates' histories of trauma and abuse.
A surge in violence led to six homicides in prison in 2015-16.
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One solution: free those remaining people imprisoned for their own protection.
Inmates are getting older, which make us think about whether custody is the best option for this group.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds.
Healthy, engaged people and communities will be crucial for a prosperous future for New South Wales. Here are four areas of policy focus that will help achieve that.
Four Corners has refocused national attention on Indigenous incarceration rates, but there are several problems with prison data collections.
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The official data show incarceration rates of Indigenous people have doubled since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 25 years ago. But the problem may be even worse than that.
The rate of suicides in jails is increasing.
A few high-profile cases of jail inmates who committed suicide reveal only a fraction of the problem. NYU expert digs into why jail suicides may be on the rise -- again.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inmates face violence and intimidation. And prisons are struggling to address their needs.
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Almost three million American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: what are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Entry to prison presents an opportunity to identify mental illnesses and provide treatment that will continue after release.
Our research suggests one in three people taken into police custody are likely to be receiving psychiatric treatment at the time.
In the past decade, the number of people ending up in South Australian prison cells has grown at seven times the rate of the state population.
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Since 2004, the number of prisoners in South Australia has risen seven times faster than the state's net population growth – and nearly doubled its rate of locking up Indigenous Australians.
The meditation-based therapy known as “mindfulness” training has been found to improve concentration in incarcerated adolescents…
Koori women are the fastest-growing group in the Victorian prison population.
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Every two years, the Productivity Commission releases a report on the level of Indigenous disadvantage in Australia. These reports make for fairly bleak reading: most indicators show no change, and in…
Measures are needed to reduce the number of fathers going into jail as well as the number not coming back.
There are hopeful signs from a number of sources that the “get tough on crime” approach is working, with politicians promising the era of more prisons and longer sentences has had its day. Movements such…