Protesters hold placards during an Indigenous deaths in Custody protest in Sydney , June 2022.
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Russell Marks’ Black Lives, White Law is not about solutions; it’s about identifying the problems with Australia’s criminal legal system, and the injustice it does to First Nations people.
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As a young child, Amy Thunig, a Gomeroi/Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi woman, moved with her family to be near her father, who was incarcerated in Adelaide. It was a difficult time, but he has taught her much.
A woman runs from a house on fire after shelling in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in June 2022.
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Russia and other countries and political regimes have a long history of forcing people to move, mostly for security and economic gains.
Thousands of imprisoned persons in Ontario faced barriers to voting in the June 2 provincial election. Many will also be explicitly barred from voting in the upcoming municipal elections in October.
Elections Ontario must ensure imprisoned people are provided information on their candidates, registration assistance and facilitation by Elections Ontario employees on voting day.
The Conversation’s best graphs have removed doubt, surprised, and told entire stories.
A new Productivity Commission report finds prisoners cost Australian taxpayers more than $5 billion per year. The numbers are climbing while offences are falling.
The Productivity Commission is examining Australia’s incarceration rates, arguing our jails are not providing value for money.
The Torch artist and Barkindji man Trevor Mitchell at work on a painting.
With 350 artworks created by 320 Indigenous artists who are in or recently released from prison, The Torch is making a difference to how people are seen and how they see themselves.
Trucks like this are used to convey inmates to the prison in Lagos State, Nigeria. Over 70 percent of inmates in Nigeria have not appeared in court and haven’t been sentenced.
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The proportion of prisoners awaiting trial in Nigeria is disturbing, and prolonged imprisonment can have a damaging effect on their mental functioning .
Programs designed to enhance legal access for people with cognitive disabilities accused of a crime are more humane and could be more cost effective than long-term detention.
Despite the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to monitor governments’ performance because there are no comprehensive human rights measures.
Despite the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it remains difficult to measure governments’ performance. A new data tool gives countries a scorecard on how well, or badly, they are doing.
Fewer people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless exited poverty than in the general population.
Less than 15% of the most disadvantaged people in Australia exit poverty from one year to the next. We need to design policy to tackle this.
People gather in Edmonton during a rally in response to Gerald Stanley’s acquittal in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.
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Colten Boushie’s death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer has fuelled loud calls for reforms to Canada’s criminal justice system and its treatment of the Indigenous. Why has it taken so long?
Denying prisoners internet access seriously damages their prospects of rehabilitation.
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If we are serious about rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending, then education and integration back into the community are vital. Today, internet access is essential to achieve that.
The UK government’s move to electronically track criminals on parole shows how wearable technology can become a virtual prison.
The numbers of people in Victoria’s prisons are unsustainable and in part due to recent policy changes.
Victoria is failing in relation to rehabilitation of prisoners and post-release support. The consequence is that more people are imprisoned, more often.
Citizens’ juries are one mechanism to draw on informed public opinion to guide policy.
It is claimed ‘tough on crime’ policies reflect public opinion, but a properly informed public, via models such as citizens’ juries, is likely to arrive at different views on prison and its alternatives.
Funding CCTV cameras annihilated a proposal in NSW to create a mentoring program directed at young women in prisons or undergoing release.
Women coming out of jail require forms of assistance that are not simply directed at technologies for prevention or elimination of recidivism, but rather that are focused on health and well-being.
Australia acknowledges the sacrifices of war veterans on commemorative occasions, but those who are charged with criminal offences can only hope the court shows understanding.
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The creation of veterans’ courts could be part of a fundamental shift to a criminal justice system that genuinely tackles the causes of crime.
A NSW programme in which prisoners train stray dogs as part of their rehabilitation is one of a number of innovations adopted in recent years.
Approaches to crime that rely on punitive methods have proved to be ineffective and counter-productive. Rehabilitation programmes not only prevent crime, but are cost-effective and practical.