The Don Dale royal commission's capacity to make lasting change lies with the government implementing its recommendations.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
A staggering 70 per cent of female inmates are back in prison within two years of their release. Basic health and dental care could help change this, according to new research.
New research has analysed the effectiveness of ten Drug Recovery Wings piloted in British prisons.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it's 'a disgrace'. We can do much better.
The largest increases in Australia's prison numbers have been in remand, Indigenous and women prisoners.
In the new introduction to his prison memoir South African anti-apartheid stalwart Raymond Suttner uses the word 'betrayal' to explain his break from the ANC.
Access to loved ones helps reduce reoffending.
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.
A new book describes what it's like to be a transgender woman in a men's prison.
The serial killer Ian Brady has died at the age of 79.
The recently translated letters of Latvian poet and journalist Arsenii Formakov depict everyday life – and suffering – in the Gulag.
Serving hot, fresh, nutritious food in hospitals should be considered part of the clinical care.
The White House is pushing for more private prisons. But do the industry's promised benefits hold up to scrutiny?
We need to redirect government spending on crime prevention to programs and policies that the research tells us are most effective.
Prison food budgets are as low as £1.87 per person per day. This may not be enough to provide adequate nutrition for a pregnant woman and her baby.
A Norwegian appeal court has ruled that the mass murderer's human rights are not being violated by the conditions of his imprisonment.
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.
The European Court of Human Rights will consider whether Breivik's human rights have been violated by his solitary detention.
Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It's due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.