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We don’t have much information on how spending time in an adult prison affects a child’s later development. From shutterstock.com

Babies and toddlers are living with their mums in prison. We need to look after them better

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.
Younger prisoners were found to commit minor offences more often than older prisoners. Human Rights Watch

The inside story on crime within prison

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.
An image from the International Space Station captures plumes of smoke from California wildfires on August 4, 2018. NASA

Stories that made The Conversation unique in 2018

From the curious to the serious – a bird's eye view of the unique ways in which The Conversation covers the world.
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

The folly of writing legislation in response to sensational crimes

The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.

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