Drugged and compliant

Earlier this month I interviewed a prisoner who was being prescribed mood stabilisers for his undiagnosed (and non-existent) bipolar disorder. As a prison behaviour management strategy, this made sense. By prescribing medications that blunt a prisoner’s affect and flatten their emotions, prisons are more able to control and manage their inmates. However, often psychotropic drugs Read More

Hello Canberra, my old friend

Today I flew into Canberra. I forgot how people here are obsessed with Australian politics – and rugby. As we waited at the slowest luggage carousel in history (my bag was literally the last one through the rubber curtain before the airport powered down the carousel and switched off the lights), I was surrounded by people Read More