AustralasiaChild RightsCrimeFeaturesGlobal IssuesHealthHuman RightsHumanityLaw & OrderOpinionSocietyWomen's RightsWorld

Three ways we can halt the explosion in prisoner numbers

Prisons are fundamentally at odds with the notion of rehabilitation.

On the brink of tears, a 19-year-old locked up in Port Phillip Prison recently asked me: “How can I think about tomorrow when I can barely survive today?”

  • Ruth Barson
  • The Age

He talked about eating mouldy food, people locked in solitary confinement for months on end, being routinely strip-searched, non-existent mental health care, chronic over-crowding and being too ashamed to have his family visit.

This is the everyday brutality of life inside a prison.

This is the crushing reality of Victoria’s lurch towards caging people at rates not seen in over 100 years.

Imprisonment rates have…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button