Dade Correctional Institution where mentally ill prisoner Darren Rainey was locked in a shower stall and died in June 2012.
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Violence in the criminal-justice system isn't limited to police. It's time to pay more attention to violent deaths within state prisons.
Throughout the course of history, it’s usually been politics — not compassion — that’s resulted in prison releases of the type we’ve seen during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to think critically about the place of prisons in society and how and why prisoners have been released in the past. COVID-19 could spark systemic change.
These women were released from an Oklahoma prison in 2019.
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More than 40,000 restrictions, most imposed by states, leave rights, benefits and opportunities out of reach for Americans with past convictions.
Oliger Merko, ‘Season of Love’ detail, oil on canvas, 2014.
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In a system that treats people as objects to be counted, chained, searched and assigned a number, art is a way for prisoners to reassert their agency – and reclaim their lives.
Knowing the truth about one’s origins is crucial to identity formation, according to adoption experts.
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Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
In this March 2011 photo, a security fence surrounds inmate housing on the Rikers Island correctional facility in New York.
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Humane measures must be taken to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to incarcerated people. But there are serious barriers to safe community reentry.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, introduces a hand sanitizer manufactured by the state of New York.
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Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
People wearing protective masks leave the Cook County jail complex in Chicago, Illinois.
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Half of incarcerated individuals have either a chronic medical or a mental health condition. But social distancing and rigorous hygiene are unattainable for many US jails and prisons.
Incarcerated people are often denied access to treatment for opioid use disorder. This October 2016 file photo shows corrections officer opening the door to a cell in the segregation unit at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford, B.C. during a media tour.
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Urgently needed treatment for opioid use disorder is often denied to incarcerated people, feeding the crisis in prisons and jails.
The annual report from Canada’s prison watchdog paints a bleak picture of a prison system where violence between and against prisoners is concerning.
This year's oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada's federal prisons.
About 1.6 million minors are arrested in the U.S. every year.
In a survey, 56% of Americans aged 14 to 24 said they knew little to nothing about the juvenile justice system.
Children as young as ten may well lack the capacity to understand the wrongfulness of their behaviour.
In one year, an average 566 children between 10 and 13 were in detention. Almost 70% were Indigenous children.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other place in the world. Warehousing people in prison is costly and unsustainable.
Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.
Despite opening a new prison in 2017, Victoria’s prisons are still overcrowded.
There are now more legally innocent people in jail in Victoria than there were convicted prisoners in 2005.
‘Frankenstein’ is traditionally read as a critique of science — but also portrays many forms of imprisonment.
In the project Erasing Frankenstein, students, educators and incarcerated women collaborated to created an erasure poem of Mary Shelley's classic text, and publicly showcase their work.
In jail, suicides occur for 50 deaths per 100,000 inmates.
People in jail kill themselves at a rate 3.5 times higher than that of the general population.
The U.S. gives out relatively strong sentences compared to other western democracies.
The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.
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.