OPINION: Australia’s female prison population has increased significantly, with First Nations women disproportionately affected, as laws and measures introduced to protect women and children from male violence has led to more females being jailed; Monash University Associate Professor Silke Meyer believes it’s time to invest more in primary prevention to end violence against women.
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Who Killed Cock Robin? Lyrics on trial – the criminalisation of urban sub-genre music and the defence of Digga D
Drill and grime music has often been linked (rightly or otherwise) to urban gangs, with claims that lyrics and videos posted on social media are an incitement to violence; but Liverpool John Moores University Policing Studies graduate Gwen Jones argues that the use of Criminal Behaviour Orders to prevent artists recording or publishing new material has criminalised those musical genres, often without evidence of preventing crime.
Lockdowns reduced urban crime by over a third around the globe – but some cities benefited more than others
Lockdowns and ‘stay-at-home’ messages introduced as COVID-19 pandemic measures prompted speculation about the impact on crime, and whether anticipated falls in street crime and violence would be matched by rises in commercial burglaries and domestic violence; Professor Manuel Eisner of the University of Cambridge, and Utrecht University Assistant Professor Amy Nivette, studied the lockdown crime rates across six main offences in 27 cities, and believe the findings could help in the design of future crime reduction strategies.