In the 12 years following the abolition of slavery, former slaves made meaningful political, social and economic gains. This moment was short-lived.
Violent massacres at prisons in the country's north, have disrupted a delicate balance of governance.
Australia needs to be very careful not to allow the bail system to become a political scapegoat at the hands of commentators exercising 20/20 hindsight.
Legislation designed to bring large business to book should be deployed to bring accountability to the cell block.
A new policy announced by the Ministry of Justice will help transgender prisoners to be treated with respect.
If we are serious about rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending, then education and integration back into the community are vital. Today, internet access is essential to achieve that.
Criminal justice experts suggest one way to change the system to eliminate racial bias.
Prisoners become more dangerous when grouped together.
One solution: free those remaining people imprisoned for their own protection.
Australia female prison population has soared but many are jailed for minor offences. The UK's radical approach to women and prison, outlined in the 2007 Corston report, offers a model for Australia.
What’s shocking about the treatment of detainees in youth detention is not so much the treatment of those vulnerable people, but that it is happening in a wealthy country like Australia.
Recent developments in the US suggest it might be time for Australia to rethink its reliance on private prisons.
The Islamist ideologue will be closely monitored, but is unlikely to cooperate with prison de-radicalisation initiatives.
What the Northern Territory's experience with state interventions reveals is that rather than protecting young people, it has placed them at greater risk of mistreatment and trauma.
Important questions are being asked about why children were abused in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all.
The Don Dale scandal is an opportunity to ask whether incarceration achieves the aims it sets out to achieve, or just further hardens criminals.
Worldwide, around 30 million people enter and leave prison each year. Of these people, around 4.5 million have hepatitis C, almost 1 million have HIV and 1.5 million have hepatitis B infections.
A few high-profile cases of jail inmates who committed suicide reveal only a fraction of the problem. NYU expert digs into why jail suicides may be on the rise -- again.
It got top billing in the Queen's speech but is anyone actually any clearer on what the government's prison reforms are?
The government has had to make many u-turns of late and that's unlikely to change now.