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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.
Who wants to waste compassion on aged sex offenders or murderers serving life in prison? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Do we care about old people behind bars, and should we?

An important indication of a humane society is how we treat our vulnerable. It is hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than an aged person in jail.
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality. Shutterstock

Why societies must protect children if they want fewer criminals

Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
Arthur Bolkas and David Woods in The Chat, in which the fate of a prisoner who has breached parole is decided.

Putting audiences, as well as actors, in the hot seat

When former prisoners – and audience members – come together in a play examining our justice system, the result is unruly, uncomfortable and worthwhile.
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.

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