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"Prisons "R" Us" by Mark Weisbrot

17th March 2000

The "Race to Incarcerate" has not been fueled by an increase in homicides. Nor does increasing crime of any kind explain the explosive growth in our prison population, especially over the\ last two decades. Rather, it has been caused by deliberate policy changes that have brought more and longer prison sentences.

International comparisons of criminal justice statistics 1998

22nd February 2000

By Gordon C. Barclay & Cynthia Tavares. This bulletin brings together statistical information on criminal justice collected by the Home Office and the Council of Europe.

Male-to-Female Transsexuals and Transgendered People in Prisons: HIV/AIDS Issues and Strategies

15th July 1999

By Ann V Scott & Rick Lines in Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review (Volume 4, Number 2/3, Spring 1999). Published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca).

HIV/AIDS in the Male-to-Female Transsexual and Transgendered Prison Population: A Comprehensive Strategy

20th May 1999

Excellent Canadian policy document on HIV/AIDS in prisons. Published by Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (www.pasan.org).

The Case against Segregation in "Specialized" Care Units

17th April 1998

Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, some people within governments and some public health officials have demanded the segregation of HIV-positive people. While such demands have become rare with regard to HIV-positive people in the general community, they continue to occur with regard to HIV-positive people living in prisons.\ \ By Rick Lines in Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review (Volume 3 Number 4 & Volume 4 Number 1 - Winter 1997/98). Published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca).

Regulating the Prison Population: Experiences from a Long-term Policy in Finland by Tapio Lappi-Seppälä

18th March 1998

Presentation delivered at the Beyond Prisons International Symposium, sponsored by the Correctional Service of Canada. March 15-18, 1998, Kingston, Ontario.

Criminal Victimisation in eleven Industrialised Countries: Key findings from the 1996 International Crime Victims Survey

1st December 1997

by Pat Mayhew & Jan .J.M.van Dijk. (1997).\ The Hague: Ministry of Justice, WODC

"Mandatory Drug Testing in Prisons" by Morag MacDonald

30th January 1997

Research report on Britain's mandatory drug testing programme concludes it to be "counterproductive". Published by the Centre for Research into Quality, University of Central England in Birmingham.

Crime and Civilization: An Interview with Nils Christie

12th August 1996

For Nils Christie the way in which a society delivers pain to its wrongdoers is the measure of civilization. He is a long-time critic of the "lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key" approach to law and order that is now filling up prisons on both sides of the Atlantic. Christie has been an important influence on both Scandinavian prison policy and on prison reformers around the world. He spoke to Richard Swift in the August 1996 issue of New Internationalist Magazine.

HIV/AIDS in Youth Custody Settings: A Comprehensive Strategy

18th June 1996

Excellent Canadian policy document on HIV/AIDS in prisons. Published by Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (www.pasan.org).

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