LGBT people in prison in Australia and human rights : A critical reflection

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Walters, Rachel, Antojado, D., Maycock, Matt and Bartels, Lorana. (2024). LGBT people in prison in Australia and human rights : A critical reflection. Alternative Law Journal. 49(1), p. 40–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X241231007
AuthorsWalters, Rachel, Antojado, D., Maycock, Matt and Bartels, Lorana
Abstract

This article examines the human rights protections relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (‘LGBT’) people in Australian prisons. We commence by addressing some of the inequalities experienced by incarcerated LGBT people, before outlining the relevant international human rights frameworks and their implementation in Australia. We focus on Victoria as a case study, demonstrating that there are limited provisions for LGBT people in prisons, and these provisions are generally not legally enforceable. We conclude by recommending legislative reforms that would increase protections for a particularly vulnerable cohort in the prison environment and promote compliance with Australia’s obligations under international human rights law.

KeywordsCriminal justice; equality; prisons; lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender
Year2024
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Journal citation49 (1), p. 40–46
PublisherSage
ISSN1037-969X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X241231007
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1037969X241231007
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
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Page range40–46
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Output statusPublished
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Online07 Feb 2024
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AcceptedJan 2024
Deposited10 Apr 2024
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