Most Victorian convicts left prison weighing the same as when they arrived. Some even gained weight.
Introducing colour and light to a traditionally dark place.
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Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
Open gates, good food and communal living make for a very different approach to incarceration.
Turning prisons into a market opportunity could open them up to corruption.
A new public opinion survey reveals Americans largely agree on sentencing reform, and how money spent on prisons could be reinvested in communities.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
A wealth of research suggests prisons have serious detrimental effects on prisoners and prison workers.
Politicians' knee jerk dismissal of an idea that could help rehabilitate ex-offenders is
A historian reminds us that protests in prisons are often followed by retaliation.
Games such as chess should be a welcome addition to the activities available for prisoners.
Some drug and alcohol programs
currently used in prisons have little evidence to support them.
Prisoners in 17 states are striking to call attention to harsh conditions and low pay for their labor, something that may run afoul of the 13th Amendment and other legal commitments.
Containing wealthy corruptors in underfunded, understaffed prisons is like putting a grizzly bear in a wobbly bamboo cage designed to hold goats guarded by unskilled shepherds.
A new female offender strategy in England and Wales plans to put fewer women in prisons. Here's why that's so important.
In Alberta, an alternative initiative sees youth who commit non-violent crimes sentenced to 25 hours of chess instruction with a University of Lethbridge professor.
Digitized state records help to tell the stories of African-American prisoners in the 19th and 20th century.
A visiting scheme envisaged to deter police misconduct in custody is not fit for purpose.