Infection rates of COVID-19 have soared among prisoners in the US. An expert on penal policy considers what is 'unjust and disproportionate' punishment at this time.
El Salvador is arresting thousands of people for violating its COVID-19 quarantine, further packing a 'hellish' penal system once described as a 'petri dish' for infectious disease.
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?
There are now more legally innocent people in jail in Victoria than there were convicted prisoners in 2005.
Evidence from Scotland reveals the presumption against shorter sentences has shown little reduction in prison numbers.
After a fire killed 66 inmates at a Venezuelan jail in March, news stories portrayed the country's prisons as lawless. The real backstory of this deadly riot is more complex — and maybe a bit scarier.