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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.
An emerging model for enabling people with disability to live to full capacity is through the use of social impact bonds. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: four ways to boost community well-being and why it matters

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.
What helps ex-offenders avoid rearrest? Stephen Lam/Reuters

Helping ex-prisoners keep out of prison: what works

Case management from nurses combined with peer coaching from ex-offenders helps recently released parolees avoid the behavior that got them locked up in the first place.
Doing time: successful prisons have to ensure prisoners’ time is well spent. Anthony Devlin/PA

How to build better prisons

Closing Victorian jails is an opportunity to create prisons that benefit inmates – and society.
Longer-term objectives of prison, such as their cost as a deterrent or the cost of failures to rehabilitate, are much harder to put a price on. shutterstock

How do we break down a $3.4b prisons bill? What can it tell us?

Prisons cost data should facilitate comparisons of relative performance, value for money and efficiency. But limitations on the quality of the data mean that, more often than not, they don’t.
The ACT’s new prison did not take long to fill up, which has tested the capacity of corrections authorities to live up to their stated high ideals. AAP/Lukas Coch

State of imprisonment: can ACT achieve a ‘human rights’ prison?

The ACT's first prison opened in 2009 with lofty ideals, but rising prisoner numbers and high rates of re-imprisonment are presenting a severe test of the capital's reformist corrections agenda.

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