Overcrowding in Australian Prisons: The Human Rights Implications

Precedent, 37, Issue 128, May/June 2015

5 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2015  

Anita Mackay

La Trobe Law School

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

A corollary of the 'tough on crime' agendas being implemented by the majority of state and territory governments around Australia is rapidly rising prison populations. Prison capacity has not kept pace with demand, resulting in chronic overcrowding. This has a number of implications for society, including economic impacts. However, this article focuses on the implications for those inside Australian prisons who, under international human rights law, retain the majority of the human rights afforded to the rest of society. Simply put, individuals' human rights are being violated on a daily basis in Australian prisons because of overcrowding.

Keywords: Australian prisons, human rights, overcrowding

Suggested Citation

Mackay, Anita, Overcrowding in Australian Prisons: The Human Rights Implications (2015). Precedent, 37, Issue 128, May/June 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2625347

Anita Mackay (Contact Author)

La Trobe Law School ( email )

La Trobe University
Bundoora, VIC 3083 3142
Australia

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