The UK imprisons more people than any other country in Western Europe per head of population.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage.
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The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Black men occupy a disproportionate share of prison cells in the U.S.
Just as with so many other criminal justice policies, pretrial detention disproportionately affects African-American men and women, destabilizing black families in the process.
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.
The federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas.
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The number of prisons in the US swelled between 1970 and 2000, from 511 to nearly 1,663. Here's the story of why one town in Arkansas welcomed a correction facility.
How can justice be blind to race?
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
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.
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.
A woman protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by Baton Rouge police.
No federal database provides reliable info on deaths that occur in police custody. It’s the same situation in 48 states. But now California and Texas are offering new models of accountability.
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.
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.
Long Bay Correctional Centre was dubbed the ‘Long Bay Hilton’ by ‘tough on crime’ advocates whose campaigns helped fill prison cells to overflowing.
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Most crime in NSW has been declining since the early 2000s, and the state's current murder rate is half what it was in 1988. So why is the NSW prison population growing?
Queensland’s reliance on high-security facilities to house a growing prison population may be linked to the nation’s highest rates of return for prisoners on parole.
Queensland's rates of imprisonment had been falling, but have undergone a sharp reversal - much of it driven by the nation's highest rates of return by prisoners released into the community.
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.
Children who grew up with a family member in jail are at risk for poor health even as adults, an American study shows. From…
Give me a hand, the key’s stuck.
In front of British courts last year were 148,000 people who had 15 or more previous convictions, according to government figures. These reports deserve closer scrutiny. The justice minister, Chris Grayling…
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…