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Research Hub

This page is targeted at researchers.  The Research Hub provides an annotated bibliography of works related to women in the criminal justice system which Sisters Inside has found useful or interesting – mainly Australian publications from a human rights/social justice perspective.

This page is targeted at researchers with an interest in prison abolition and critical analysis of the carceral state.  The Research Hub provides an annotated bibliography of all public documents produced by Sisters Inside since 1999, including major submissions to government inquiries which reference multiple other sources.  Over time, we will progressively add “landmark” works related to women in the criminal justice system and other research/reports which Sisters Inside has found useful.  These are mainly Australian publications from a human rights/social justice perspective.  (Links to other national and international research hubs enable access to further resources relevant to criminalised women.)

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Sisters Inside Publications

1.1 Sisters Inside – Values & Model of Service

1.2 Sisters Inside – Service & Program Evaluations

1.3 Sisters Inside – Submissions

1.4 Sisters Inside Fact Sheets – (Coming Soon)

  • Gendered Justice? National Profile of Criminalised Women
  • Imagining Abolition 2 – Ending the Over-Representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in Prison

1.5 Sisters Inside – Resources & Publications (Coming Soon)

  • DVD’s
  • Resources for Workers
  • Other Publications
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Imprisonment - Realities & Alternatives

3.1 Realities of Imprisonment

  • Over-Imprisonment & Overcrowding
  • Internal prison law
  • Security Classification
  • Lack of accountability & independent overview
  • Violence, deaths, suicide & self-harm in prison
  • Mothers in prison
  • Support services in prison
  • Cost of imprisonment

3.2 Women’s Post-release Needs

  • Recidivism & re-offending
  • Death, suicide & self-harm post-release
  • Poverty & homelessness
  • Transition support & community-based services

3.3 Alternatives to Prisons

  • First Nations people
  • Children & young people
  • Early intervention & crime prevention
  • Community-based services
  • Community-based sentences & diversion
  • Probation & parole
  • Justice Reinvestment
  • Restorative Justice
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Legal & Human Rights

4.1 Human Rights, Law Reform & Discrimination Complaints & Review

  • International
  • Australia – National
  • Australia – States & Territories
  • International discrimination complains & reviews
  • Australian discrimination complaints & reviews

4.2 International Obligations & Resources

  • UN Human Rights instruments specific to criminalised women, children & their children
  • Other relevant UN Human Rights instruments
  • UN & related international bodies

4.3 Human Rights Breaches in Women’s Prisons

  • Strip searching & other torture and violence
  • Solitary confinement and punishment
  • Male officers
  • Prison labour
  • Prison education & training
  • Prison health services
  • Pain management
  • Diet, nutrition & exercise

4.4 Beyond Prisons – Discrimination in the wider Criminal Justice System

  • Over-imprisonment & bail refusal
  • Police and police violence
  • Courts
  • Probation & Parole
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Criminalised Women, Girls & Children

5.1 Profile of Criminalised Women

  • Statistical overview
  • Criminalisation of poverty & homelessness
  • Violence- family, domestic & sexual assault
  • Trauma, grief & loss
  • Employment, education, training & literacy
  • Childhood experiences – incarceration, violence
  • Health – mental, physical, substance abuse
  • Disabilities – intellectual, learning & cognitive
  • Brain injury – traumatic, acquired, FASD

5.2 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Isalnder Criminalised Women

  • Race discrimination
  • Continuing legacies of Stolen Generations
  • Child removal
  • Gendered impacts of The Intervention
  • Language, culture

5.3 Other Disadvantaged Criminalised Women

  • CaLD (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse) women
  • Mothers
  • Prisoners with disabilities
  • Transgender prisoners
  • Older women

5.4 Children of Women Prisoners

  • Impact of mothers imprisonment on children
  • Child development
  • Children in (residential) care
  • Child protection
  • Family support
  • Infants & toddlers in prison

5.5 Child & Youth Justice

  • Profile of child prisoners
  • Over-use of remand
  • Children’s prisons
  • Alternatives to imprisoning children
  • Girl prisoners
  • Under 14 year old prisoners
  • 17 year old prisoners
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National & International Research Hubs

2.1 Australian Clearing Houses & Websites

  • Focused on criminalised women
  • Wider issues affecting criminalised women

2.2 International Clearing Houses & Websites

  • Focused on criminalised women
  • Wider issues affecting criminalised women

How can you help?

The Sisters Inside Fund for Children supports children of women in the criminal justice system to choose their own future free of the burdens so commonly felt while their mother is in prison.

#Free Her Campaign

This campaign has been set up by Debbie Kilroy, CEO of Sisters Inside Inc.  The funds raised will be used to release people from prison and pay warrants so they are not imprisoned.