The laughable assertion that Victorians were "too scared" to go to restaurants due to apparent out-of-control youth gangs hides a deeper ignorance in the debate around justice, incarceration and mental health.
Prisoners are not receiving adequate mental health care, with sometimes fatal consequences.
What we're reading: stories from solitary confinement, how women are better financial managers, the underground railroad for refugees, polarised punks, how left-wing media got trapped by capitalism, and is consciousness an illusion?
The Tax Office is targeting people who've missed a tax return -- even if it was a decade ago when they were in school. Here's what the ATO is up to and how to avoid a hefty fine if you've done nothing wrong.
Children can be held accountable for their crimes and put in detention at age 10 in Australia. Is that too young? Crikey intern Michelle Slater reports on a proposal to lift the age of criminal responsibility.
A fascinating look into the famous San Antonio prison in Venezuela, where the prisoners can't leave, but they can sell drugs to locals, collect guns and inmates take the authorities hostage.
Make all the "don't drop the soap!" jokes you want, Amanda Hess talks to US prison rape victims and nobody is laughing. New standards have been released showing how prison rape can be prevented, so why do prisons think it's too expensive to bother?
Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has given his first interview from the slammer, via a lawyer. Reportedly looking fit from "working out", Madoff said he was surprised he got away with his scam for so long and detailed exactly how he pulled it off.