Human rights and prison

A case study from the Australian Capital Territory

Authored by: Lorana Bartels , Jeremy Boland

The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138931176
eBook ISBN: 9781315679891
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395553


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This chapter examines human rights standards in the prison context. It presents an overview of the international framework governing the treatment of prisoners 1 and discusses the extent to which this has been adopted in Australia, as well as considering the relevant Australian guidelines. Australia has a federal government structure and management, with the management of prisoners in Australia governed by the laws of its six states and two territories. The key focus of the chapter is the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which opened Australia’s first ‘human rights’ prison, the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), in 2009.

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