A work placement is integral to a degree in social work. But many people who have a history with the justice system would be denied a working with children check, which most placements require.
The AU's new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.
Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
Jeffrey Epstein may be the current face of sex trafficking, but buying and selling youth for sex is a common practice in the US.
Part of a law that goes into effect in New York state on Aug. 14 allows victims more time sue in civil court. Epstein's victims can still go after his estate.
Women's prisons have become stopgaps, a place to simply put people society does not know what else to do with.
The conviction of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who evaded justice in Mexico, is a win for US officials. But it's a pyrrhic victory in the war on drugs.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
A law professor from the University of California, Hastings considers why a moratorium in California could be influential.
A new Canadian law introduced as a nod to #MeToo, meant to protect sexual assault complainants, will have limited impact because it fails to consider how sexist judges and lawyers interpret laws.
Unless Lawyer X had next to no role in the defence of her clients, all the results of any trial where she represented them could be overturned. And this could mean release from prison with no retrial.
As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
Forensic science is only as good as the equipment and the people who calibrate it, some high-profile cases indicate. Thousands of innocent people have been harmed. Here's how.
Introducing colour and light to a traditionally dark place.
A neuroscientist explains how detention can affect a developing mind, as a new law in California sets the highest age limit in the US for minors to be held criminally responsible, at age 12.
The ‘Monster of Worcester’ would have been released 24 years ago in Norway - would that have been better for everyone?
Law enforcement's historical tendency to treat crimes committed by white power groups as isolated incidents has allowed them to flourish.
The royal commission will examine the conduct of a defence barrister who became an informant to the police - supplying information on her own clients that had been given to her in strict confidence.
The police held to account those responsible for nearly 300,000 fewer offences between 2014 and 2018.
New research shows that when ex-offenders are told they're able to vote, their attitudes about democracy and justice improve. A November ballot measure in Florida hangs in the balance.