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As prison populations continue to expand across the western world the question of the rights of prisoners has become an increasingly pressing issue, particularly in the light of new human rights discourses.
This title gives voice to a diverse range of viewpoints arising out of this debate in Australian and international contexts, and the issues raised will have powerful echoes the UK in particular. The contributors to this book include the prisoners themselves, human rights activists, academics, criminal justice policy makers and practitioners.
Each chapter contains a section with prisoners' responses and comments. Overall the book presents a powerful argument that prisoners do and should have rights in any society that professes to be a democracy, bringing to the fore a debate that society would often prefer to forget.