Vulnerable children caught up in the criminal justice system can suffer long-lasting consequences, even from a short period behind bars.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here's how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019.
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According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.
Statistics show that being homeless doesn’t increase your risk of being incarcerated.
The last decade has seen a big increase in Australia's homeless and prison population. It's time for smarter intervention.
Halden Prison, Norway.
Introducing colour and light to a traditionally dark place.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage.
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The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Gianni Colombo, Spazio Elastico / Elastic Space, 1966-7.
Image courtesy Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).
In a Journey to Freedom, 13 artists give expression to the experience of imprisonment. In Zero, artists are seeking to escape the past.
Juvenile residents sit in a classroom at detention center in Atlanta.
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Research reveals that the factors that put youth at risk of sexual assault while in custody are significantly different from those that put adults at risk in prison.
Neuroscience can help incarcerated brains.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
Many women are released from prison with untreated mental and physical health problems, and no access to a doctor. In pain, they seek solace in illicit drugs. Pictured here, women mourn those who have died of drug overdose in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C.
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A staggering 70 per cent of female inmates are back in prison within two years of their release. Basic health and dental care could help change this, according to new research.
Grandmother and child walking in the park.
Millions of American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: What are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson, speaking on Q&A.
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson told Q&A that Indigenous Australians were 'the most incarcerated people on the planet Earth'. Is that right?
Inmates at the California Institution for Men state prison in Chino, California in 2011.
The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases.
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Jeff Sessions wants prosecutors to 'charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.' That's a step back to our failed experiment in mass incarceration.
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
A poisoned chalice.
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A new reform bill will not fix the prison problem: too many people are being incarcerated.
Inmates wait to enter an assigned cell block at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California.
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Repealing a legal provision that excludes people in prison or jail from Medicaid could improve access to treatment, save state and local governments money and reduce recidivism.
Convicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915.
In the 12 years following the abolition of slavery, former slaves made meaningful political, social and economic gains. This moment was short-lived.
Up to 90% of Australian female prisoners were victims of abuse prior to incarceration.
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To reduce female recidivism rates, we need to address inmates' histories of trauma and abuse.
A surge in violence led to six homicides in prison in 2015-16.
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One solution: free those remaining people imprisoned for their own protection.
Inmates are getting older, which make us think about whether custody is the best option for this group.