Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, missteps in transitioning the incarcerated back to their communities places this already vulnerable populace at greater risk of getting and transmitting the virus.
About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.
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.
In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
People in jail kill themselves at a rate 3.5 times higher than that of the general population.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Just as with so many other criminal justice policies, pretrial detention disproportionately affects African-American men and women, destabilizing black families in the process.
The University of Michigan's Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson explains why Americans must demand better access to the nation's prisons.
The number of prisons in the US swelled between 1970 and 2000, from 511 to nearly 1,663. Here's the story of why one town in Arkansas welcomed a correction facility.
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
Australia female prison population has soared but many are jailed for minor offences. The UK's radical approach to women and prison, outlined in the 2007 Corston report, offers a model for Australia.
No federal database provides reliable info on deaths that occur in police custody. It’s the same situation in 48 states. But now California and Texas are offering new models of accountability.
A few high-profile cases of jail inmates who committed suicide reveal only a fraction of the problem. NYU expert digs into why jail suicides may be on the rise -- again.
Our research suggests one in three people taken into police custody are likely to be receiving psychiatric treatment at the time.
Most crime in NSW has been declining since the early 2000s, and the state's current murder rate is half what it was in 1988. So why is the NSW prison population growing?
Queensland's rates of imprisonment had been falling, but have undergone a sharp reversal - much of it driven by the nation's highest rates of return by prisoners released into the community.
Since 2004, the number of prisoners in South Australia has risen seven times faster than the state's net population growth – and nearly doubled its rate of locking up Indigenous Australians.
Children who grew up with a family member in jail are at risk for poor health even as adults, an American study shows. From…