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.
Only 218 programs offer credit-bearing college programs in prison. That’s about to change.
This new play by Suzie Miller, the one-time lawyer who wrote Prima Facie, ventures into dark places few want to confront.
For Mother’s Day, we look at the fastest growing prison population in Canada — racialized women, many of whom are mothers. Experts connect the trend to rising poverty and the attempts to cope with it.
What does ‘justice reinvestment’ mean in practice? Who makes funding decisions? To find out more, we consulted Aboriginal communities in Bourke, Moree and Mount Druitt.
With the expansion of Second Chance Pell grants, more colleges and universities will soon offer degree programs to students in prison.
Ghana needs a more effective approach to juvenile justice reform that considers the long-term impact of detention on youth offenders.
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.
The US has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. When it comes to violent offenders and the Black community, the system isn’t working, argue criminologists.
Prisons and jails have a long history, but they weren’t always used for the same kinds of punishment.
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.
Migrants and refugee claimants in immigration detention continue to face serious trauma and abuse. The federal government must take action to stop migrant detentions.
Russell Marks’ Black Lives, White Law is not about solutions; it’s about identifying the problems with Australia’s criminal legal system, and the injustice it does to First Nations people.
Australia has been accused of “a clear breach” of its obligations under the United Nations anti-torture protocol.
The author of a book collecting the experiences of college professors who teach in prisons explains how they are changed by the experience.
Every day, tens of thousands of American prisoners are locked up in solitary confinement. This is how that looks for those behind bars, and those guarding them.
The visit will place pressure on Australia to belatedly move ahead with its commitments under an anti-torture protocol.
Uncle Jack Charles had a remarkable career of truth-telling across theatre, screen and books.
Raising the age is a response that removes responsibility for poor behaviour, but doesn’t necessarily address the causes underlying youth crimes.
First Nations children are 20 times more likely to be incarcerated. Governments need to consider raising the age of incarceration and pursuing culturally-led care for these children.