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Aristotle said that “man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. ”

Prison is not a place for isolating or punishing people; it can be another world or society for someone to rehabilitate and to prepare for a brighter life. It is no different from the place where we are living; there are rules that individuals must comply with to keep their society functioning. However, the condition and welfare for prisoners has always been a controversial subject in modern society.

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Protection from Strip Search for Women |

Many cases have been reported of women being sexually and physically abused in corrective centers, especially Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre. Sexual assault is against the rights of a person; security as stipulated by international human rights law. Women who have been sexually and physically abused face humiliation and discomfort when strip searches are conducted. A strip search is done several times throughout the period of incarceration: when inmates are first imprisoned, after every visit, when returning from either the court or hospital, and also when they are released. Read more

Female Prisoners’ Human Rights in Australia |

The legal term “human rights” has been recently interpreted as the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled to have: the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. The international Human Rights Law states that prisoners have the right to receive the highest standard of physical and mental health. It further asserts that prisoners are entitled to health services equal to those in the community.In Australia, women prisoners are well treated under the UN Human Right Rule; however...Read more

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Prisoners in Norway v Prisoners in Australia |

The number of women prisoners in Norway has increased over the years, but criminal activity is still low when compared to Australia. The population of women prisoners in Norway is 5.90 percent, whereas the Australian women prisoner population is 7.20 percent.

Bredtveit Prison is the largest prison for women in Norway. It was built in 1919 for young men and was converted into the women’s prison after World War II in 1957. The scale of the prison is not the reason why it has become popular, but rather it is because it has implemented and complied with as many provisions of the United Nation's rules to treat women prisoners fairly as possible.

There are many differences between Norway’s prison system and Australia’s prison system, in particular in the matter of women. The capacity of Bredtveit is two hundred women prisoners; there are no uniforms and the women are allowed personal belongings, such as clothes, jewelry, and CDs, which is unlikely to happen in Australia. Read More

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