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.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently opened a unit for people suffering dementia. But is incarceration a 'cruel and unusual' punishment for those who don't understand why they are behind bars?
The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to think critically about the place of prisons in society and how and why prisoners have been released in the past. COVID-19 could spark systemic change.
We have been writing to trans and non-binary prisoners in the UK since before the pandemic began. This is what they say about lockdown.
Will police accept the challenge of ending
Māori over-representation at every stage of the criminal justice system in Aotearoa-New Zealand?
In the 10 years leading up to 2016, the rate of prisoner mortality rose by 15%. End-of-life options can be limited for inmates.
Christopher Havens came upon his love of math while in solitary confinement. A decade later, he published a paper on number theory in a top mathematics journal.
Being cooped up at home is of course far more manageable than being locked up behind bars. But people isolating due to COVID-19 are still forced to deal with some of the same problems.
Iran and Turkey have released large numbers of prisoners. Should other countries follow suit?
In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
Releasing convicts amid the pandemic is not enough. The government should issue a law that provides alternatives to detention to avoid overcrowding.
Prison life is about routine: each day like the one before; each week like the one before it, so that the months and years blend into each other.
Gangs are still a significant reality in US prisons. But most inmates say that their power has been watered down, and they no longer rule facilities with an iron fist.
The effective response to crime has always been a matter of debate. But evidence is mounting in favour of treatment and support, rather than punishment.
Rapidly decreasing the prison population by letting people out is a public health imperative as governments for solutions to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This year's oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada's federal prisons.
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
Governments must think very carefully before sacrificing the very human rights that give the state its identity and democracy.
Crime rates are down, but they were decreasing while imprisonment rates were increasing, so that doesn't really explain lower numbers in our prisons.
I know first-hand the need for a rehabilitative rather than punitive system.