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Vol 23 No 1 Jan/Feb 2018

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Prisoners as Citizens

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ISBN13: 9781862874244
ISBN: 1862874247
Published: July 2002
Publisher: The Federation Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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.

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Part 1 Prisons and prisoners: prisoners and penal estate in Australia, Russell Hogg; the rights of indigenous prisoners, Loretta Kelly; deprivation of liberty - deprivation of rights, Debbie Kilroy, Anne Warner; prisoners with intellectual disabilities, Jenny Green; prisoners of difference, Greta Bird.
Part 2 Regulating prisons and prisoners' rights: ""Not the King's Enemies"" - prisoners and their rights in Australian history, Mark Finnane, Tony Woodyatt; televising the invisible - prisoners, prison reform and the media, Catherine Mumby; an insider's view - human rights and excursions from the Flat Lands, Craig Minogue; protection of prisoners' rights in Australian private prisons, John Rynne; prisoners as citizens - a view from Europe, Vivien Stern.
Part 3 Citizenship and rights: international human rights law applicable to prisoners, Camile Giffard; institutional perspectives and constraints, John Dawes; segregation, David Robinson; prisoners' rights to health and safety, Michael Levy; crime victims and prisoners' rights, Sam Garkawe; prisoners and the right to vote, Melinda Ridley-Smith, Ronnoit Redman; prisoners as citizens, David Brown.