Dr Bree Carlton is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Her research centres on two key areas: histories of anti-carceral protest and histories of punishment and institutionalisation. In particular she seeks to identify and explore intersections between the two areas and how these connections might help us to better understand collective visions, memories and struggles for penal change and social justice. Ultimately through her research endeaours Bree hopes to illuminate strategies than can inform contemporary struggles and official agendas driven to eliminate prison generated violence and harm.
Bree has published research papers in Theoretical Criminology, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and Punishment and Society. She authored Imprisoning Resistance: Life and Death in an Australian Supermax (Federation Press 2007) and is co-editor of Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival (Routledge 2013). Her forthcoming monograph Resisting Carceral Violence: Women’s Imprisonment and the Politics of Abolition is co-authored with Emma K. Russell and will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
Bree has completed a number of research projects and through these has produced innovative, interdisciplinary approaches for documenting and writing against institutionally generated experiences of discrimination, harm and violence. Key areas of focus include:
- Histories of Anti-Carceral Protest
- Histories of Punishment and Institutionalisation
- Women’s Imprisonment, Post-Release Support and Survival
- Penal Reform, Abolition Politics and Praxis
2017 Allen Austin Bartholomew Award, Annually awarded for best article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 2016: B. Carlton & M. Segrave, “Rethinking women’s post-release reintegration and ‘success’” published in Vol. 49. No. 2, pp. 281-299.
Carlton, B. (2007) Imprisoning Resistance: Life and Death in an Australian Supermax, Sydney Institute of Criminology Series & Federation Press, Sydney.
Carlton, B and Segrave, M (eds) (2013) Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, London, Routledge.
Refereed Journal Articles
Russell, E. K. & Carlton, B., (In press 2018) ‘Counter-Carceral Acoustemologies: Sound, Permeability and Feminist Protest at the Prison Boundary’, Theoretical Criminology, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 267-287.
Carlton, B and Russell, E (2018) ‘We Will be Written out of History’: Archival Activism and Women’s Resistance Against Carceral Gender Violence in Victoria, Australia’, Onati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 267-287.
Carlton, B (2016) ‘Penal Reform, Anti-Carceral Campaigns and the Politics of Penal Change in Women’s Prisons, Victoria, Australia’, Punishment and Society, Vol. 20, No 3, pp. 283-307.
Carlton, B and Russell, E (2015) ‘Agenda for Change: Cycles of Women’s Penal Reform and Reconfigurations of Anti-Prison Resistance in Victoria’, Australia, Champ Penal/Penal Fields, Vol XII.
Baldry, E, Carlton, B. and Cunneen, C. (2015) ‘Abolitionism and the Paradox of Penal Reform in Australia: Indigenous Women, Colonial Patriarchy and Co-Option‘, Social Justice, Vol. 41, No.3, pp.168-189.
Carlton, B & Segrave, M (2015) ‘Rethinking Women’s Post-Release Reintegration and ‘Success’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp.
Carlton, B & Segrave, M (2014) ‘They Died of a Broken Heart’: Connecting Women’s Experiences of Trauma and Criminalisation to Survival and Death Post-Imprisonment’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol 53, No. 3, pp. 270-289.
Russell, E & Carlton, B (2013) ‘Pathways, Race and Gender Responsive Reform: Through An Abolitionist Lens‘, Theoretical Criminology, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 474-492.
Segrave, M., Carlton, B., (2011) Counting the costs of imprisonment: researching women’s post-release deaths in Victoria, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology [P], vol 44, issue 1, Sage Publications Ltd., UK, pp. 41-55.
Carlton, B., Segrave, M., (2011) Women’s survival post-imprisonment: Connecting imprisonment with pains past and present, Punishment and Society [P], vol 13, issue 5, SAGE, London UK, pp. 551-570.
Segrave, M., Carlton, B., (2010) Women, trauma, criminalisation and imprisonment …, Current Issues in Criminal Justice [P], vol 22, issue 2, University of Sydney, Institute of Criminology, Sydney, Australia, pp. 287-305.
Carlton, B.A., (2008) Proliferating Coercive Control and Crisis: The Official Uses and Abuses of Modern High-Security in Australia, Prison Service Journal [P], vol 1, issue 183, H M Prison Service, UK, pp. 3-12.
Carlton, B.A., McCulloch, J., (2008) R v Benbrika and ors (Ruling No. 20): The “War on terror”, Human Rights and the Pre-emptive Punishment of Terror Suspects in High-Security, Journal of the Institute of Criminology: Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol 20, issue 2, Institute of Criminology University of Sydney, Australia, pp. 287-292.
Carlton, B.A., (2007) From H Division to Abu Ghraib: regimes of justification and the historical proliferation of state-inflicted terror and violence in maximum-security, Social Justice, vol 33, issue 4, Global Options, USA, pp. 15-36.
McCulloch, J., Carlton, B.A., (2006) Preempting justice: suppression of financing of terrorism and the ‘war on terror’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol 17, issue 3, Law School, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW Australia, pp. 397-412.
Carlton, B. and Russell, E. K. 2018. ‘Chapter 8: Entrenching Women’s Imprisonment: An Anti-Carceral Critique of Rights-Based Advocacy and Reform’ in Elizabath Stanley (ed) Human Rights and Incarceration: Critical Explorations, Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology, London, pp. 181-205.
Carlton, B and Sim, J. 2018, Deaths in sites of state confinement: A continuum of routine violence and terror in Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System, pp.54-63.
Scraton, P and Carlton, B 2017, Beyond Corston: The politics of decarceration and abolition in a punitive climateWomen’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition: Critical Reflections on Corston Ten Years On, pp.172-193.
Segrave, M. & Carlton, B. (2013) ‘Gendered Transcarceral Realities’ in Carlton, B and Segrave, M. (eds) Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, London, Routledge.
Carlton, B. & Segrave, M. (2013) ‘Postscript: A Radical Vision for System and Social Change’, in Carlton, B and Segrave, M. (eds) Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, London, Routledge.
Carlton, B. & Baldry, E (2013) ‘Therapeutic correctional spaces, transcarceral interventions: post-release support structures and realities experienced by women in Victoria’ in Carlton, B and Segrave, M. (eds) Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, London, Routledge.
Brown, D. & Bree Carlton (2013) ‘A Continuum of Control: From ‘Secondary Punishment’ to ‘Supermax’: The Human Costs of High-Security Regimes in Australia’, in Ross, J. I. (ed), The Globalization of Supermax Prisons, Rutgers University Press, pp. 95-110.
Carlton, B & E. Baldry (2013) ‘Therapeutic correctional spaces, transcarceral interventions: post-release support structures and realities experienced by women in Victoria, Australia’, in Women Exiting Prison, on Gender, Post-Release Support and Survival, Bree Carlton and Marie Segrave (eds), Routedge, UK, pp. 56-76.
Carlton, B.A., 2009, Entombing Resistance: Institutional Power and Polarisation in the Jika Jika High-Security Unit, in The Violence of Incarceration, eds Phil Scraton and Jude McCulloch, Routledge, UK, pp. 37-59.
Carlton, B.A., 2008, Understanding prisoner Resistance: Power, Visibility and Survival in High-Security, inThe Critical Criminology Companion, eds Thalia Anthony and Chris Cunneen, Hawkins Press, Australia, pp. 240-252.
Carlton, B and Russell, E. K (2018) Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice not Criminal Justice International Conference on Penal Abolition, Birkbeck UCL, June 15th-18th, Carlton B with E.K. Russell ‘Resisting Carceral Violence: Inside Out Movement Building’.
Carlton, B (2017) ‘Anti-Carceral Feminism: A New Abolitionism’, Human Rights and Incarceration Roundtable, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, April 20th-21st [Invited Keynote and funded by host]
Carlton, B (2016) ‘Resisting Carceral Violence: Anti-Carceral Activism, Penal Reform and Change in Women’s Prisons’, Sisters Inside Are Prisons Obsolete Conference, Royal on the Park Hotel, Brisbane, October 19th -21st [Invited Keynote and funded by host]
Carlton, B (2016) Onati Roundtable Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography and Human Rights, Onati, International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain), June 22-24. [Invited Keynote]
Carlton, B (2016) ‘Penal Reform, Resistance and the Politics of Penal Change in Women’s Prisons, Victoria, Australia.
Carlton, B (2015) ‘Is Penal Reform Obsolete’ Academic Workshop and Public Forum, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in conjunction with Reclaim Justice Network and Open University, Senate House Goldsmith University, London, November 19th [Invited Keynote and funded by host]
Carlton, B (2013) ‘The Use and Abuse of Penal Excess in Australia: Power, Resistance and Secondary Punishment(s) in Historical Context’, Ending the Isolation: An International Conference on Human Rights and Solitary Confinement, University of Manitoba Law School, March 22-23, [Invited Keynote].
Carlton, B and Russell, E. K (2012) ‘Abolition and Incorporation: Dismantling official discourses underpinning gender responsive prison reform’, Law and Society Association Conference, Hilton Hawaiian Village, June 5-8.
Carlton, B & Segrave, M (2011) ‘Women and Post-Release Survival’, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, Deakin University, Sheraton Four Points, Geelong, 28-30 September.
Carlton, B (2011) ‘Gender-Responsive (In)Justice: The Limits of Reform and the Case for Abolition’,Sisters Inside Are Prisons Obsolete Conference, Citigate Hotel Sydney, 10-12 August.
Carlton, B (2011) ‘The Limits of Gender Justice’, York Deviancy Conference, University of York June 29-July 2.
Carlton, B (2009) Surviving and Dying Outside: Legacies of State Neglect, Resistance and Survival,Sisters Inside Are Prisons Obsolete Conference, Mecure Hotel, Brisbane, 2-4th September [Invited Plenary].
Carlton, B & Segrave, M (2009) ‘They Died of a Broken Heart: Bearing Witness of Women’s Post-Release Accounts of Survival and Death’, Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Monash University Law Chambers, 8-9th July.
Segrave, M & Carlton, B (2009) ‘Surviving Outside: Researching Women’s Care in Victoria’, Public Health Association of Australia Justice Health Conference, ‘Beyond the Convict Era: Meeting the Challenges for the 21st Century’, Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, 6-7th April.
Carlton, B (2009) ‘The Human Costs of High-Security’, Prison Construction, Design and Management Conference, Holiday Inn, Brisbane 24-25th February, [Invited Paper].
Carlton, B (2008) ‘Systemic Neglect: The Politics of Official Disclosure, Accountability and the Placement of Prisoners in High-Security’, Australian New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, University of NSW, June [Invited Paper].
Carlton, B (2007) ‘Understanding Prisoner Resistance: Reopening a Critical Space for Subjective Exploration of the Prison Experience’, Australasian Teaching Critical Criminology Conference, University of Sydney Law School, 13th July [Invited Paper].
Carlton, B (2006), ‘Supermax as State Terror, Torture and Harm’, North-South Criminology Conference, Queens University Belfast Northern Ireland, February, [Invited Paper].
Carlton, B & Minogue, C (2006), ‘It’s Back to the Future: Have the Lessons of Jika Jika Been Forgotten?’Eleventh International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA XI), University of Tasmania Hobart, February.
Carlton, B (2006) ‘Supermax as State Crime’, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Wrest Point Casino Hobart, 7th-9th February.
Research Reports and Consultancies
Segrave, M, Carlton, B and Mallet, S (March 2010) The Cairnlea Housing Model Evaluation, Melbourne CityMission.
Parliament Victoria Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee (October 2010) Inquiry into the Impact of Drug-Related Offending on Women Prisoner Numbers in Victoria, Parliament of Victoria, Government Printer, Melbourne.
Non-Refereed Journal Articles
Carlton, B (2017) ‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Movement’, Review Article, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.
Carlton, B (2011) ‘Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement’, Review Article, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.
Carlton, B (2008) ‘In the Care of the State? Child Deaths in Penal Custody in England and Wales’, Review Article, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Vol 20, No 1, pp. 141-142.
Carlton, B (2006) Review of intractable: hell has a name, life inside Australia’s first super-max prison,Social Justice, vol 33, issue 4, Social Justice, San Francisco CA USA, pp. 191-193.
Carlton, B (2006) ‘The Political Imprisonment of Women in Northern Ireland 1972-1998’, Review Article,Punishment and Society, Vol 8, No 4, pp. 485-487.
Carlton, B. & Segrave, M. (May 2014) ‘Lifting the Veil on the Crisis in Victorian Prisons’, Conversation.
Flynn, A. & Carlton, B (24th June 2013) ‘Go directly to jail: not always the best move’, Age.
Segrave, M. & Carlton, B (15th December 2009) ‘To throw away the key is too easy for the community’, Age.