The Nagle Royal Commission 25 years on : gaining perspective on two and a half decades of NSW prison reform

Brown, David (2004) The Nagle Royal Commission 25 years on : gaining perspective on two and a half decades of NSW prison reform. Alternative Law Journal, 29(3), pp. 135-141.

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Abstract

This article attempts an audit of changes in the NSW penal system over the last nearly 30 years. Taking the 1978 Nagle Royal Commission findings and analysis as the starting point a comparison is made between the Nagle era and the contemporary scene across a range of practices including imprisonment rates, violence, drug use, deaths in custody, prison conditions, prisoners rights, legal regulation, and others. It is suggested that developments since Nagle are mixed and cannot be attributed to a single logic or force. Major changes include a doubling of imprisonment rates, significant increases in Indigenous and women's imprisonment rates, the apparent ending of institutionalised bashings and the centrality of drug use to imprisonment and to the culture, health and security practices which characterise the current prison experience. The article may constitute a useful starting point for broader attempts to relate current penal practices to far wider changes in the conditions of life under late modernity.

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ID Code: 68071
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2014 22:42
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 22:42

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