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.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
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.
Vulnerable young people have been failed by austerity policies that have decimated the services meant to protect them.
Women in prison with brain injury are at increased risk of substance abuse, poor mental health and suicide. Yet support for these women is scant.
Asylums were once designed to aid mental recovery – perhaps modern prisons should take note.
The British justice secretary's proposal to make short prison sentences a last resort is the right idea at the worst possible time.
Most Victorian convicts left prison weighing the same as when they arrived. Some even gained weight.
Introducing colour and light to a traditionally dark place.
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Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Open gates, good food and communal living make for a very different approach to incarceration.
Turning prisons into a market opportunity could open them up to corruption.
A new public opinion survey reveals Americans largely agree on sentencing reform, and how money spent on prisons could be reinvested in communities.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
A wealth of research suggests prisons have serious detrimental effects on prisoners and prison workers.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
A historian reminds us that protests in prisons are often followed by retaliation.
Games such as chess should be a welcome addition to the activities available for prisoners.