The Commission convened
a workshop in Sydney on 27 November 2000 on this topic. It was attended
by more than 120 participants. The workshop was addressed by two keynote
speakers: Dr William Jonas AM, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner, and Baroness Vivien Stern from the International
Centre for Prison Studie at King's College London who travelled to Australia
as a guest of the Commission. Dr Jonas's keynote speech "Citizens Inside"
can be read by clicking here.
Prisoners as Citizens
by David Brown (Professor of Law, University of NSW) and Meredith Wilkie
(Director, Race Discrimination Unit, HREOC)
'a landmark collection
on prisoners' citizenship rights in Australia ... disturbing reading for
citizens concerned about the decency and social justice of our democracy...'
As prison populations
continue to expand across the western world the question of the rights of
prisoners has become an increasingly pressing issue, particularly in the
light of new human rights discourses.
This important new
book gives voice to a diverse range of viewpoints arising out of this debate
in the Australian context, while the issues raised will have powerful echoes
elsewhere. The contributors to this book include the prisoners themselves,
human rights activists, academics, criminal justice policy makers and practitioners.
Overall the book presents
a powerful argument that prisoners do and should have rights in any society
that professes to be a democracy, bringing to the fore a debate that society
would often prefer to forget.
view the Table of contents click here
"Prisoners as Citizens" visit the Federation Press website