Mesopotamia’s prisons were built for detaining people, not punishing them. But they shaped powerful ideas about justice and reform that aren’t so different from today’s.
Most people leaving prison face an uphill battle of service navigation that is too often deficit-focused, intentionally seeking out the failures of the individual and centred on punitive responses.
This new play by Suzie Miller, the one-time lawyer who wrote Prima Facie, ventures into dark places few want to confront.
As a dangerous offender, Paul Bernardo is unlikely to ever be released from custody after 30 years behind bars — even after his transfer to a medium-security prison.
Indigenous people shouldn’t have to fear police who are supposed to protect them but instead still act as judge, jury and executioner.
Those determining bail must reflect on their own beliefs and show restraint as they determine risk to avoid relying on false racist narratives. So should those calling for bail reform.
To protect communities, we must improve the likelihood that accused people can comply with their bail conditions by offering greater support on several fronts, from social services to law enforcement.
To resolve growing violence in schools, policy conversations about gun violence need to include community programs that dismantle systemic barriers and inequities.
There is no good legal or moral argument for denying prisoners their rights as workers. Canada must overhaul how it deals with prison labour.
People don’t give up their right to be mobile or their right to make decisions about their lives simply because they are forced to flee untenable circumstances.
Suggesting jail or prison is appealing because it is tangible and the process is familiar, but we must ask what is a better, effective and safe way to de-escalate potentially violent situations.
The Productivity Commission is examining Australia’s incarceration rates, arguing our jails are not providing value for money.
The Attica uprising marked a milestone in the prisoners’ rights movement. Many of the grievances aired in 1971 are still relevant to today’s incarcerated population.
Coronavirus infections in prisons are a public health problem for everyone, not just prisoners and sfaff.
About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.
Iran and Turkey have released large numbers of prisoners. Should other countries follow suit?
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
As of Dec. 1, inmates in Canada’s federal prisons can no longer be legally held in solitary confinement. But is it truly just an exercise in rebranding?
Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.
There are now more legally innocent people in jail in Victoria than there were convicted prisoners in 2005.