The US is one of a few countries that still uses private prisons.
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Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
Footprints aren’t always as clear as this - but they nevertheless have their uses.
The debate about the reliability of forensic evidence reflects a lack of understanding of how forensic science is best used in the justice system, rather than a problem with forensic science itself.
With the right support, women in prison or whose children are in care can breastfeed. But there are challenges.
Supporting mums in prison and whose babies are in care to breastfeed has benefits for mums, their children and wider society.
We have such romantic notions of being finally appreciated on Mother’s Day that some mothers feel disappointed. Perhaps we should shift the idea of what Mother’s Day can be.
Mother's Day was originally a call for peace and justice. Some are advocating it be returned to a day of action and reflection.
A failure to introduce robust science means forensic science has reached crisis point. The UK has to act now to address this threat to justice.
Audio used as evidence in criminal trials can often be unreliable.
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Indistinct forensic audio is often 'enhanced' to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould holds a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 29, 2018, regarding the criminal justice system.
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Bill C-75 was introduced to the House as a way to fix issues with the criminal justice system. However, an unintended consequence is that low-income people will lose access to law school clinics.
Concrete action steps are needed to help reconciliation, says a research team that offers 12 actionable ideas. Here Ben Paul, of the Musqueam First Nation, sings and plays a drum during the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 24, 2017, held to promote positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
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It's been three years since the TRC released its report on the lasting impact of residential schools in Canada but responses to the 94 Calls to Action have been slow. A new framework hopes to change that.
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
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Young people of color are disproportionately affected by the lifelong consequences of having a criminal record.
San Bernardino County Probation officers search a parolee room for drugs and arms.
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Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.
The U.S. leads the world in the rate of incarceration.
Stanley Andrisse was once branded a career criminal and served time in prison. Today, he is a professor at two medical schools and an advocate for higher education for those who've served time.
The appointment of South Africa’s national prosecutions head Shaun Abrahams has been declared invalid.
South Africa's Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country's prosecuting authority has been compromised.
Activists protest in Barcelona, Spain on June 21, 2018. A Spanish court triggered a new wave of outrage by granting bail to five men acquitted of gang rape and convicted instead on a lesser felony of sexual abuse, a case that has shocked Spain.
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Germaine Greer's recent comments about the punishments for rape show the need for more complex, evidence-based discussions about trauma and the criminal justice system.
Preliminary research into the Chess for Life Program in Alberta, Canada, shows that youth who are sentenced to chess instruction after committing non-violent crimes are learning useful life skills.
In Alberta, an alternative initiative sees youth who commit non-violent crimes sentenced to 25 hours of chess instruction with a University of Lethbridge professor.