Tag: prison

  • The evidence is in: you can’t link imprisonment to crime rates

    By Bronwyn Naylor Prison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This is usually said to be driven by increases in crime. Digging deeper though, in Australia and internationally, the link is far less clear. The extent of a country’s use of imprisonment seems in fact to be more a matter of policy choice than of […]

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Human rights in “closed” environments

    By Julie Debeljak, Bronwyn Naylor and Anita Mackay Protecting the human rights of people in “closed environments” is crucial because the people detained in these facilities are removed from public scrutiny.  Their relative powerlessness creates a serious risk of human rights abuse by staff members and fellow detainees. Closed environments are places where people are […]

  • 2014 Castan Human Rights Report: Australia’s growing prisons crisis

    By Bronwyn Naylor Governments around the world have invested in prisons as places for the punishment of offenders. They are expensive, harmful and overused. In Australia, prisons are becoming increasingly overcrowded, and their populations demonstrate striking levels of vulnerability and disadvantage. There were 29,383 prisoners (sentenced and unsentenced) in Australian prisons at 30 June 2012, […]

  • Prisons – Help or Hindrance?

    By Adam Fletcher Prisons are rarely out of the news – just this month there has been talk of establishing a separate one for bikie gang members in Queensland where inmates would be confined for 23 hours a day. Clearly, such an initiative is based on the popular theory that more and tougher prisons will […]