Dr Bree Carlton



Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 45185

Biography summary

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 2019.

Knowledge areas

Histories of Anti-Carceral Protest

Histories of Punishment and Institutionalisation

Women's Imprisonment, Post-Release Support and Survival

Penal Reform, Abolition Politics and Praxis


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Carceral churn: A sensorial ethnography of the bail and remand court

Emma Russell, Bree Carlton, Danielle Tyson

(2022), Vol. 24, pp. 151-169, Punishment & Society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Delinquent Girls as Activists: Insider Activism and Carceral Welfare

J Wilson, B Carlton

(2022), pp. 1-10, Space and Culture, London, England, C1

journal article

'It's a gendered issue, 100 per cent': How tough bail laws entrench gender and racial inequality and social disadvantage

E Russell, B Carlton, D Tyson

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Counter-carceral acoustemologies: sound, permeability and feminist protest at the prison boundary

E Russell, B Carlton

(2020), Vol. 24, pp. 296-313, Theoretical criminology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A constellation of circumstances: The Drivers of Women's Increasing Rates of Remand in Victoria

Emma Russell, Bree Carlton, Danielle Tyson, Hui Zhou, Megan Pearce, Jill Faulkner

(2020), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Resisting carceral violence: Women's imprisonment and the politics of abolition

Bree Carlton, Emma Russell

(2018), London, Eng., A1


Deaths in sites of state confinement: a continuum of routine violence and terror

B Carlton, J Sim

(2018), pp. 54-63, Loss, dying and bereavement in the criminal justice system, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Beyond Corston: the politics of decarceration and abolition in a punitive climate

P Scraton, B Carlton

(2018), pp. 172-193, Women's imprisonment and the case for abolition: critical reflections on Corston ten years on, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Entrenching women's imprisonment: an anti-carceral critique of rights-based advocacy and reform

B Carlton, Emma Russell

(2018), pp. 181-205, Human rights and incarceration: critical explorations, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Entrenching Women's Imprisonment: An Anti-carceral Critique of Rights Based Advocacy and Reform

Bree Carlton, Emma Russell


book chapter

Penal reform, anti-carceral feminist campaigns and the politics of change in women's prisons, Victoria, Australia

B Carlton

(2018), Vol. 20, pp. 283-307, Punishment and society, London, Eng., C1

journal article

'We will be written out of history': archival activism and women's resistance against carceral gender violence in Victoria, Australia'

Bree Carlton, Emma Russell

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 267-287, Oñati socio-legal series, Onati, Spain, C1

journal article

Rethinking women's post-release reintegration and 'success'

B Carlton, M Segrave

(2016), Vol. 49, pp. 281-299, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, C1-1

journal article

'A gender for change'

B Carlton, E Russell

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 2-22, Champ pénal, [France], C1-1

journal article

'Agenda for change': cycles of women's penal reform and reconfigurations of anti-prison resistance in Victoria

B Carlton, Emma Russell

(2015), Vol. XII, pp. 1-22, Champ pénal, [unknown], C1-1

journal article

'They died of a broken heart': connecting women's experiences of trauma and criminalisation to survival and death post-imprisonment

B Carlton, M Segrave

(2014), Vol. 53, pp. 270-289, Howard journal of criminal justice, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

From "secondary punishment" to "supermax": the human costs of high-security regimes in Australia

D Brown, B Carlton

(2013), pp. 95-110, Globalization of supermax prisons, New Brunswick, N.J., B1-1

book chapter

Therapeutic correctional spaces, transcarceral interventions: post-release support structures and realities experienced by women in Victoria, Australia

B Carlton, Eileen Baldry

(2013), pp. 140-181, Women exiting prison: critical essays on gender, post-release support and survival, Abingdon, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Pathways, race and gender responsive reform: through an abolitionist lens

E Russell, B Carlton

(2013), Vol. 17, pp. 474-492, Theoretical criminology, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Abolition and paradox of penal reform in Australia: Indigenous women, colonial patriarchy and co-option

B Carlton, Eileen Baldry, Chris Cuneen

(2012), Vol. 41, pp. 168-189, Social justice, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal article

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