Relying on incarcerated workers in emergencies such as the wildfires ravaging parts of the US is a cheap alternative for states. But what protections are there for prisoners?
The proportion of prisoners awaiting trial in Nigeria is disturbing, and prolonged imprisonment can have a damaging effect on their mental functioning .
Research shows supporting newly released prisoners to move to a new area can slash reincarceration rates.
Coronavirus infections in prisons are a public health problem for everyone, not just prisoners and sfaff.
More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
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.
Humane measures must be taken to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to incarcerated people. But there are serious barriers to safe community reentry.
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.
Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
Iran and Turkey have released large numbers of prisoners. Should other countries follow suit?
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 2020 census will now count some groups differently than it has in the past. That could make a difference in the final count – affecting which states receive funding and congressional seats.
Releasing prisoners on remand – who are entitled to a presumption of innocence – would reduce the risk of them contracting COVID-19 and the disease spreading within prisons.
The release of lower-threat prisoners will go a long way to stopping the spread of COVID-19 among prisoners and the wider community.
A creative writing project in South Australian prisons shows those inside can be eloquent, expressive and reflective.
And homelessness makes reoffending more likely.
There are now more legally innocent people in jail in Victoria than there were convicted prisoners in 2005.
What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
Women's prisons have become stopgaps, a place to simply put people society does not know what else to do with.
The last decade has seen a big increase in Australia's homeless and prison population. It's time for smarter intervention.