Prisons, Overcrowding and Rights

9 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2014

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Bronwyn Naylor

Monash University - Faculty of Law; RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law

Date Written: November 6, 2014


Victoria has seen a major increase in prisoner numbers in the last couple of years, and existing prisons have been unable to accommodate this increased population satisfactorily. This Working Paper critiques claims that increased prisoner numbers are inevitable, and identifies rights-based challenges to prison overcrowding. It emphasises the importance of strong monitoring regimes and argues for Australia's ratification and implementation of OPCAT, the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

Keywords: prisons, overcrowding, human rights, comparative penology

Suggested Citation

Naylor, Bronwyn and Naylor, Bronwyn, Prisons, Overcrowding and Rights (November 6, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Bronwyn Naylor (Contact Author)

RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law ( email )

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Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800

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