Incarceration Issue

  • Briggs - Live at Juvie

    Follow rapper and proud Yorta-Yorta man Adam Briggs as he heads inside the walls of Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre to see what life is like for Australia's young, Indigenous, A-class offenders.

  • ​Woman on the Run

    My personal cycle of incarceration.

  • State of the Nation

    Incarceration today is a massive undertaking that employs thousands, costs billions, and yields a complex set of results—some of which are outlined on these pages.

  • Western Australia’s Toughest Prison Is for Women

    If you're a female prisoner in Western Australia, you're probably at Bandyup, where low-risk inmates are mixed with inmates who have committed serious crimes. That's just one of the prison's many issues.

  • Thirty-Odd Years in Prison Teaches You a Lot About Drugs

    Convicted robber John Killick, who once escaped Sydney's Silverwater prison in a helicopter, has seen a lot of changes. But according to him, drugs caused the worst of them.

  • Editor's Letter

    You can learn a lot about a country by looking at the places it locks people up.

  • Beyond the Bars

    This radio show has been giving Indigenous prisoners their only opportunity to participate in NAIDOC Week since 2002.

  • What Are Prisons For Anyway?

    "I don't think they're there for rehabilitation, and that's my personal belief. I think rehabilitation is a bit of a wank because working in a prison for 10 years, you see the same guys coming back in."

  • Do the Time to Pay the Fine

    While you can go to jail for unpaid fines in most Australian states, it doesn't happen all that often. Except in Western Australia, where more than 1,000 fine defaulters are locked up every year.

  • Employees of the Month

    Introducing some of the people who helped make this issue possible.

  • Broken Little Hearts and Crafts

    This art was made in prison by kids.

  • Not Everyone Loves This Lo-fi Internet for Inmates

    Cross Facebook with snail mail and you'll get iExpress, a site that lets Australian prisoners create online profiles, post status updates, and share photos.