Prisons around the worlds have started to reduce their population in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Prison lawyers in Canada are scrambling to fill the gap left by federal inaction on inmate populations who are vulnerable to COVID-19. A recent case in Ontario could provide a legal precedent.
Calls for help at Chicago’s Cook County jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have COVID-19, April 9, 2020.
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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?
A tipi at a federal prison in Edmonton. Prison systems have legal options to decrease their prison populations, including ways to return Indigenous people in prison to their communities.
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Rapidly decreasing the prison population by letting people out is a public health imperative as governments for solutions to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Around half of prisoners have a substance dependence.
Some drug and alcohol programs
currently used in prisons have little evidence to support them.
Prison represents only a temporary disruption in tobacco use for many smokers.
The only quitting tool most Australian prisoners have access to is nicotine lozenges. These are being mixed with tea leaves to create a smokable product known as "teabacco".
A prisoner looks out a window on March 26, 2015, from Zhdanivskaya prison in Ukraine, were TB is rampant.
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World TB Day will be observed March 24, with the good news that deaths from tuberculosis are declining. But a trend toward confining those with TB threatens to stall advances.
Cigarettes are part of the social and economic fabric of prisons.
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.
Inmates walk outside their cells at San Quentin State Prison in June 2012.
Even though mental illness is consistently associated with criminal behavior, these conditions are largely undertreated in our prison system.
People with a history of mental disorders experience particularly poor outcomes after being released from prison, according…
Tobacco, like other substances, are likely to become part of the prison contraband trade.
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From May next year, Queensland prisoners will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes. Smoking in cells was prohibited in Queensland facilities in 2008, but as of next year the prohibition will extend to…
The number of inmates in Victorian prisons is on the rise as part of the government’s tough on crime stance. But at what cost?
Locking up people is easy. It is the first refuge of intellectually bankrupt politicians clamouring for votes by “getting tough” on crime. A good general will read history before going to war, so a good…
People with intellectual disabilities are detained indefinitely under WA laws.
People with intellectual disabilities who are found to be “unfit to plead” are still locked away for years on end in Western Australia. Similarly, in the Northern Territory, this detention occurs in prison…
Prisoners are having sex whether we like it or not and a lack of condoms affects us all.
The idea of prisoners having sex upsets people; it offends our sense that prison is a place of punishment not pleasure. But sex still happens, maybe more than we like to think. And if it is happening…