criminal justice

Black and white image. Hand holding onto wire fence.

It's time to stop investing in punitive criminal justice responses that trap Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in cycles of imprisonment and disadvantage, states open letter.

gavel and handcuffs

Deterrence is sentencing’s dirty secret, says UNSW Law expert.


Australia could end its decade-long trend of incarcerating more women by copying initiatives adopted in the United Kingdom, a former British politician suggests.  


Australia's female prison population has soared, with the increase significantly greater than that for men, writes Ruth McCausland.


The influence of tabloid media campaigns is threatening the proper functioning of the criminal justice system, writes David Brown.  


Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities, writes Ruth McCausland.


US Ambassador-at-Large Stephen Rapp will give a public lecture on the "challenge of Syria" at UNSW Law next week.

Pat oshane crop 1

Is ‘retributive justice’ an effective form of punishment or just an excuse for vengeance? And what are the social costs? Australia's first Indigenous magistrate Pat O'Shane delivers UNSW Law's Justice Talks Lecture.


Early intervention to prevent homelessness could save taxpayers millions of dollars, an Australian-first study has found.


UNSW legal experts, drug researchers and health professionals have backed a call by a group of eminent Australians for an overhaul of the approach to illicit drugs.