Protests outside the constitutional court at its decision to grant parole to Chris Hani’s killer, Janusz Walus.
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The court should have given the public a much clearer understanding of how it came to its decision, and what consideration it had given to public opinion.
Protesters demonstrate outside the high court in Cape Town against parole for Janusz Walus.
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The decision is likely to be relied on by courts to order the Department of Correctional Services to grant offenders parole.
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‘No body, no parole’ laws may at first appear to be in the public interest. But there’s a lack of evidence they work and a risk they may disproportionately penalise the wrongfully convicted.
Family of the victims of a series of stabbings on the James Smith Cree Nation reserve in Saskatchewan hug following a news conference in Saskatoon on Sept. 7.
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Myles Sanderson was given statutory release from prison prior to a stabbing rampage that left 10 people dead. But a legal expert says his case is unrepresentative of how people behave on this form of release.
Facial recognition technology struggles to recognise darker skin tones.
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Our research shows the technology simply isn’t ready yet.
A whole life sentence has never been imposed in New Zealand but it seems likely the prosecution will call for one for the Christchurch gunman.
Younger prisoners were found to commit minor offences more often than older prisoners.
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Some prisoners love and care for each other, but others physically, verbally and emotionally abuse each other. These offences can threaten safety and the good order of the prison.
New legislation in WA might provide reassurance to victims of crime, but risks political interference when it comes to deciding who gets parole.
Under new WA legislation, the state’s attorney-general has the power to order serial killers and mass murders remain in jail, sometimes without judicial review.
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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.
Australian governments have too often succumbed to perceived community pressure to limit parole authorities’ independence and powers.
Government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole boards display a progressive loss of faith in these independent bodies.
Philippa Kaufmann QC (left) and Harriet Wistrich (centre) acted for victims in the judicial review.
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As a result of the ruling, more detail of future Parole Board decisions should be available to victims.
In Australia, a victim’s right to participate and be heard in parole decisions is enshrined in legislation.
Upholding victims’ rights on parole decisions means respectfully enabling their active participation in decisions that affect their personal interests.
Prison inmates in Santa Rosa, California.
A study of 100,000 convicted felons shows why rethinking parole may be the key to reversing mass incarceration.
The new anti-terror laws COAG has proposed for Australia go far beyond those in the UK.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.
Federal and state leaders will convene as soon as practicable for a special COAG meeting on counter-terrorism.
States and territories have agreed to strengthen their laws to ensure a presumption against granting bail or parole when people had ‘demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity’.
Malcolm Turnbull has changed his tone on terrorism to meet the pressures of an anxious Australia.
Radical Islamists will never overthrow Western democracies. What we’re talking about is the effect the terrorist threat has on our wellbeing as a multicultural society, and on our politics.
Police speak with members of the public outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton, Melbourne, following the violent attack on Monday night.
As difficult as it is to concede, lone-actor, grievance-fuelled violence cannot be solved simply by tightening justice processes.
Arthur Bolkas and David Woods in The Chat, in which the fate of a prisoner who has breached parole is decided.
When former prisoners – and audience members – come together in a play examining our justice system, the result is unruly, uncomfortable and worthwhile.
A harsh criminal justice system – in particular, more prisons and people behind bars – has apparently become a hallmark of good government.
Australia has become less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged failings since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.