The case of an African-American sailor who arrived in Melbourne in 1887 illustrates the long history of excessive punishment of Black bodies.
Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.
Infection rates of COVID-19 have soared among prisoners in the US. An expert on penal policy considers what is 'unjust and disproportionate' punishment at this time.
Those living in rural areas have more punitive attitudes toward crime and how to control it than city-dwellers, and it's a major component of the growing urban-rural divide in Canada.
Do children understand the lesson that if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours? Developmental psychologists suggest they're more likely to punish bad behavior than they are to reward good deeds.
How do jurors use different kinds of information about mental illness when making sentencing decisions? An experiment finds that neurobiological evidence could harm or help defendants.
As more parents turn to social media to post videos of themselves punishing their children, an educational psychologist warns that the practice may cause more harm than good.
Until Canadians challenge the normalization of violence against children, we will continue to support, or at least tacitly condone, something that by all accounts is harmful.
Well trained and experienced staff are a crucial part of improvements.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between disordered and difficult behaviour, and the approach is different for both.
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
With levels of political discourse reaching new lows, some might say the country could use a dose of shame and humility. At the same time, social media have unleashed a torrent of online shaming.
In historic cases the potential for a sentence to rehabilitate, incapacitate or deter the offender is largely insignificant – leaving the focus solely on retribution.
Almost total journalistic shutdown is worsening the UK prison crisis.
Many religions see natural disasters as divine punishment. But, a scholar argues, it's not that simple.
Leaving teachers to deal with challenging behaviour on their own can be unproductive and stressful.
New research highlights the dangers of being too supportive when family relations are strained.
Police in schools are being asked to deal with a range of issues, such as being a mental health counselor for a traumatized child. It is unfair to the police and can be harmful for children.
Schools and universities in post-colonial contexts still operate within the logic of coloniality. This is starkly illustrated by their language policies.
A post-sentence regime for convicted terrorists will only keep Australians safe if an accurate assessment of risk is possible.