The criminal justice system presupposes people generally are free to decide whether or not to engage in criminal behaviour. However, the courts acknowledge not everyone has free will.
Coronavirus has dealt a blow to the already overburdened Victorian criminal court system, meaning hundreds — if not more — face extensive delays for their day in court.
Reports of rape, domestic abuse and murdered women are way up in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and beyond since the coronavirus. But Latin America has long been one of the most dangerous places to be a woman.
When police arrest a suspect who is then convicted of the crime, it is a rare exception rather than the rule in the US.
In March jury trials in England and Wales were suspended in response to COVID-19. Here's how remote criminal trial might work – and what might not.
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?
Dan Birman, director of the new Netflix feature documentary 'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,' discusses his filmmaking process and the importance of the case.
Victoria and the ACT just joined other states in implementing judge-alone trials during the pandemic. Such a significant change deserves much more public scrutiny than it has received.
With officers being hit by illness, arrests have dropped during the coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile crime rates have remained static, or even fallen. Is it time to rethink policing?
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.
When prosecutors introduce lyrics, they're asking juries to suspend the distinction between author and narrator, reality and fiction, and to read them as literal confessions of guilt.
Harvey Weinstein's conviction isn't the norm for perpetrators of sexual violence.
The ability to prosecute alleged domestic abuse cases without the support of the victim is vital.
From Super Bowl ads to Netflix documentaries, the complicated issues of criminal justice are portrayed in simplistic and highly political ways.
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
Diversity among officers lags behind the general population. But is police culture a greater problem when it comes to combating excessive force?
More and more district attorney candidates are running on reversing the government's traditional approach to crime and punishment. And they’re winning.
Should all-white juries be permitted in death penalty cases involving black defendants?
A work placement is integral to a degree in social work. But many people who have a history with the justice system would be denied a working with children check, which most placements require.
The AU's new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.