"Breaking the prison cycle" | Law

"Breaking the prison cycle"

Emeritus Professor David Brown and Melanie Schwartz comment on how NSW needs to break the cycle of imprisonment (The Australian, 15 October 2011). Please see summary below:

University of NSW emeritus law professor David Brown argues that some Aboriginal communities may have reached the tipping point where excessive imprisonment actually causes crime. In a situation where 20 per cent of Aboriginal children have a parent or carer in prison, going to jail becomes a normal part of life, even a rite of passage, and loses any deterrent effect.

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