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Firestarters Are Rarely Punished. Here's What Could Happen Instead.

6 min read

Bush fire arson is a notoriously easy offence to commit and a notoriously difficult one to detect let alone prosecute. Experts say it's time police and government rapidly change their approach when it comes to stopping it.

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News

'Extremely Relieved': Blogger Couple Released From Iranian Prison Return To Australia

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A couple who spent months imprisoned in Iran have arrived safely back home to Australia after all charges against them were dropped and they were released.

The Project

The Project

'Invisible Victims Of Crime': Push To Recognise The Rights Of Children Of Prisoners

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Around 43,000 children across Australia currently have at least one parent in prison and with the nation's incarceration rates steadily growing, that number is only set to increase

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News

Gang Leader Found Dead After Dressing As Daughter To Escape Prison

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A convicted Brazilian drug dealer has been found dead in his prison cell three days after his elaborate escape was foiled.

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News

Gang Leader Caught Dressed As Daughter In Dodgy Prison Break Attempt

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As far as attempted prison breaks go, this could be the most creative yet.

World

World

Mass Decapitations, At Least 52 Killed In Prison Riot

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At least 52 inmates died, with 16 decapitated, in a prison riot on Monday in the northern Brazilian state of Para, the state’s prison authority said.

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News

Youths 'Targeted Known Sex Offenders' At Juvenile Detention Centre

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A violent riot at a juvenile detention centre on the NSW Central Coast began after a group of inmates used makeshift weapons to "target sex offenders", according to the Public Service Association.

Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane

Why I'm Friends With A Murderer, A Burglar And A Man Jailed For 241 Years

3 min read

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays were my favourite days in prison.

Katie Horneshaw

Katie Horneshaw

We All Failed My Sister Before She Became A Killer. We Can't Let It Happen Again.

14 min read

My little sister is digging greedily into a mammoth slice of chocolate cheesecake.

World

World

The Fight Over The 'Missing' Heart, Brain And Throat Of Army Vet

7 min read

An Army veteran travelled to Pennsylvania last year to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant and died in police custody two days later.

National

National

Drug-Filled Apple Thrown Over Prison Fence

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Prison officers have stepped in after a man allegedly threw an apple filled with drugs over a prison wall in the NSW Southern Highlands. 

Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane

After Being In Prison Myself, I Know Why So Many Offenders Go Straight Back

6 min read

I stared in disbelief at the prison’s educational officer. "What do you mean I can’t study in prison?" I asked.

10 News First

10 News First

First NSW Prison To Use Full Body Scanners To Detect Drugs, Weapons Smuggled In

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EXCLUSIVE: A prison north-west of Sydney has begun using full body X-rays to expose inmates who may be hiding contraband - namely up where ‘the sun don’t shine’.

Crime

Crime

Manhunt Underway After Inmate Escapes Prison

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A prisoner is on the run after he escaped from a northern NSW jail.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Family Cops $650 Fine For Keeping Basketball Hoop On Kerb

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane

The One Thing That Helped Me Survive Prison

5 min read

Some inmates will tell you the hardest part of prison is being separated from your loved ones, being deprived of your freedom, or even being surrounded by violence.

National

National

What Drives People To Become Pen Pals With Criminals?

5 min read

Australians are writing to prisoners overseas as "it takes less time for an inmate in the U.S. or UK to receive a letter from me than it does for an Australian inmate".

National

National

Prisons Urged To Find Sheet Replacement After A Number Of Suicides

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CONTENT WARNING: This piece discusses suicide, including methodology.

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

Why Sending Criminals To Jail Isn't The Best Way To Keep Us Safe

6 min read

Violence has been part of all human societies since time immortal and this is unlikely to dramatically change any time soon.

Crime

Crime

Prisoner Escapes From Police Van As Stunned Motorists Look On

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A motorist has videoed the moment a prisoner escaped from a police van as it drove along the road in heavy traffic.

World

World

Transgender Prisoners To Be Housed In Segregated Jail Unit

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Female transgender prisoners will be housed separately for the first time, as the United Kingdom opens its first special wing for trans prisoners.

Crime

Crime

Former Minister Ian Macdonald Freed Ahead Of Expected Misconduct Retrial

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After his conviction for misconduct in public office was quashed, former minister Ian Macdonald has been granted bail and has walked free from jail.

Crime

Crime

Prison Guard Charged Over 'Ongoing Sexual Abuse' Of Inmates

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A senior NSW corrections officer has been suspended over the alleged sexual abuse of multiple inmates under his guard at a women's prison.

Crime

Crime

El Chapo To Join Notorious Terrorists, Prisoners At 'Alcatraz Of The Rockies'

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Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to join a roster of infamous inmates when he begins serving his sentence.

National

National

The Collective Fight To Save 'Other Hakeems' Is Far From Over

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Hakeem al-Araibi's return to Australia was a big celebration. But his case was not an isolated one, and advocates say the fight for ‘other Hakeems’ isn’t over.

Crime

Crime

Mokbel's Accused Attackers Appear In Court, Lawyers Say There Are Fears For Their Safety

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One of the men accused of stabbing Tony Mokbel in a maximum security jail has tried to have the publication of his name and photograph banned.

Crime

Crime

Tony Mokbel 'Critical' After Prison Stabbing

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Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel is in a serious condition after being stabbed at the same Victorian prison where fellow gangland identity Carl Williams was killed.

World

World

Calls To Trash Chinese Organ Transplant Research Over Death Row Harvest Fears

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WARNING: Graphic Content

Celebrity

Celebrity

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Wants You To Write Him A Letter In Prison

1 min read

The 'Jersey Shore' star handed himself into jail today to start his eight-month sentence for tax evasion.

National

National

'Miraculous': Campaign To Free Jailed Women Hits $200,000

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Women who have been incarcerated over unpaid fines will be freed with more than $200,000 raised in a viral crowdfunding campaign.

Crime

Crime

How Overcrowded Prisons Can Fuel The Drug Trade On The Inside

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More drugs and increased prisoner violence are a direct symptom of jails filling up, experts warn -- as Australian prisons become more overcrowded.

News

News

Woman Gave Birth In Jail Cell, Alone While Staff Watched

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A female inmate at a WA prison was forced to give birth alone in her jail cell while staff watched on through a hatch in the door, a damning report has found.

News

News

Busker Calls Aboriginal Deaths In Custody Protesters 'Rude' For Interrupting Her Show

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A busker claimed those campaigning for Indigenous justice on International Human Rights Day were "scaring everyone" away from her performance.

National

National

Con Air: Prisoners Making Radio As A Way To Break The Cycle

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Inspired by UK radio station NPR -- which is listened to by 72% of all inmates -- there's now a local push to have a stronger network of radio programs made by prisoners, for prisoners.

National

National

Prison Population Decline Gives 'Breathing Space' To Swamped Legal System

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New figures have revealed the NSW prison population is starting to show signs of decline, after several years of rapid rises and subsequent overcrowding.