In the wake of four Aboriginal deaths in custody in three weeks, the government needs to reassess the police and corrections systems in Australia.
Formerly incarcerated entrepreneur Coss Marte speaks at a conference in 2015.
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Nearly half of formerly incarcerated Americans remain jobless for at least a year. But there are some creative solutions to this problem.
The annual report from Canada’s prison watchdog paints a bleak picture of a prison system where violence between and against prisoners is concerning.
This year’s oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada’s federal prisons.
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.
South Africa which has one of the highest rates of convicted criminals reoffending.
Introducing companion animals to South African prisoners and encouraging them to write could aid their rehabilitation.
Open gates, good food and communal living make for a very different approach to incarceration.
Moliere Dimanche would use anything he could scrounge up – pieces of folders, the back of commissary forms, old letters – as canvases.
From solitary confinement, Moliere Dimanche started drawing on anything he could find. The result was a series of fantastical, allegorical images that depict abuse, racism and profound isolation.
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”.
To improve on a building like the Don Dale centre, design that properly considers human behaviour needs to take priority for its replacement.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it’s ‘a disgrace’. We can do much better.
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson, speaking on Q&A.
Cape York Partnership founder Noel Pearson told Q&A that Indigenous Australians were ‘the most incarcerated people on the planet Earth’. Is that right?
Communal area and classrooms of the Intensive Learning Centre facility, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, NSW.
Innovative design could be key to improving prisoners’ chances of rehabilitation and reducing their likelihood of re-offending.
Should places like the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre even exist?
The Don Dale scandal is an opportunity to ask whether incarceration achieves the aims it sets out to achieve, or just further hardens criminals.
George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference.
The royal commission’s terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
Inmate at San Quentin.
New research from Vanderbilt University looks at the effects of mass incarceration on a little studied population: formerly imprisoned African-American men.