criminal justice

A pair of handcuffed hands clasped around some prison bars

We wanted to quantify what social factors increase a person’s chance of ending up in prison, and to use that to improve policy and reduce the harms and costs of incarceration.

detective board with photos of suspected criminals

The lines between pop culture and criminal justice blur in our fascination with the unlawful.

anonymous women face a female judge in a courtroom

Artificial intelligence can improve access to justice, but could come into conflict with important legal values and even cause harm, new research finds. 

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.