“Human rights-compliant” prison

“People are sent to prison as punishment not for punishment,” says a senior manager at Canberra’s “human rights-compliant” prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre.  Prisoners are housed in cottage-style accommodation, with freedom to move around large shared areas during the day, and with no “lights out” time at night. The prison builds life skills through individual learning plans, and works with released prisoners for a year after their sentence finishes; early indications suggest it is reducing the rate of recidivism.

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