International news and guidance on COVID-19 and prisons - 1 December 2020 onwards

01 Dec 2020

We are compiling a list of news articles, guidance and other resources from around the world on COVID-19 and prisons. This will be updated regularly.

International resources

WEPHREN are collating guidance and other resources on managing COVID-19 in prisons and places of detention from various countries and organisations which can be found here.

The ICPA has a resource page here 

Prison Insider is collating information on the measures being taken in different countries here

COVID-19 Behind Bars is an independent journalism project tracking jails, prisons, detention centers, and other facilities of incarceration impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Link here

The European Prison Observatory has a webpage on COVID-19: What is happening in European Prisons? which can be found here

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has developed a Covid-19 And Persons Deprived Of Liberty Information Hub available here

Europris have a dedicated COVID-19 page here

The Amend Team is developing real-time strategies and guidance for correctional facilities grappling with the life threatening challenges of COVID-19 here

The Fair Trials Covid-19 Justice Project can be found here

Information on measures being taken by different countries in dealing with the pandemic in prisons can be found here

Justice Project Pakistan has produced a live global map which is tracking reported cases of prisoners testing positive and dying of the virus across the world. You can view the map here

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody has a Coronavirus Information Hub which can be accessed here

A special open access issue of the Victims and Offenders journal has been published focussing on the impact of the pandemic in prisons in a number of countries. The journal can be accessed here

The Council of Europe has published a report on "Prisons and Prisoners in Europe in Pandemic Times: An evaluation of the medium-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations" which is available here

Policy statements and guidance

The WHO has issued guidance on Preventing COVID-19 outbreak in prisons which can be found here

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture has issued a statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which can be found here

Penal Reform International have produced a briefing note on Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison here

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a statement here

UNODC has published a position paper on Position Paper on COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons here

On 23 March the Regional Penitentiary Academy for Latin America organised a virtual conference of senior prison administrators in the region to discuss the issue of Covid 19 and to learn from each other about initiatives to manage the situation in prisons. Professor Andrew Coyle was invited to set the scene for the conference and a copy of his statement is available here

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has published a report on COVID - 19 and Prisons in the Commonwealth: Ensuring An Effective Response here

Children in detention are at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and should be released: Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore here

Physicians for Human Rights Israel has published a report on Health Remanded to Custody: The Future of the Prison Health Care System in Israel which can be found here

 

News articles from 13 March - 30 November 2020 can be found here 

 

News 29 November

Americas

Canada - How Ontario can save money by investing in legal aid for at-risk people

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2022/11/28/how-ontario-can-save-money-by-investing-in-legal-aid-for-at-risk-people.html

Ecuador Doubles Prison Guards To Quell Violence

https://www.barrons.com/news/ecuador-doubles-prison-guards-to-quell-violence-01669665608?tesla=y

Asia

Central prison in Afghanistan’s Herat launches capacity building programmes for prisoners

https://theprint.in/world/central-prison-in-afghanistans-herat-launches-capacity-building-programmes-for-prisoners/1240386/

Bangladesh - Inmates live subhuman life in overcrowded jails

https://www.newagebd.net/article/187750/inmates-live-subhuman-life-in-overcrowded-jails

Cambodia - Complaint boxes installed in prisons for inmates

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501192697/complaint-boxes-installed-in-prisons-for-inmates/

Japanese death row inmates sue over 'cruel' hanging

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2022/1129/1338896-japan-execution/

Europe

Anti-torture committee highlights continuing overcrowding and staff shortages in Belgium’s prisons

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/anti-torture-committee-highlights-continuing-overcrowding-and-staff-shortages-in-belgium-s-prisons

 

News 26 – 28 November

Africa

South Africa: Prisons Watchdog Needs Sharper Teeth

https://allafrica.com/stories/202211280224.html

Americas

Argentina's prison system is holding thousands more inmates than it can house

https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/2022-11-26/argentinas-prison-system-is-holding-thousands-more-inmates-than-it-can-house

US - For Minimum Security Federal Prisoners, The Past Two Years Have Been Rocky

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/11/28/for-minimum-security-federal-prisoners-the-past-two-years-have-been-rocky/?sh=5d37020f1866

Asia

India - The President’s caution on overcrowding of prisons is a wake-up call to the executive and judiciary

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/president-murmu-caution-overcrowding-prisons-wake-up-call-executive-judiciary-8293265/

Nepal - Health workers being trained to carry out mental health screening of prisoners

https://kathmandupost.com/health/2022/11/26/health-workers-being-trained-to-carry-out-mental-health-screening-of-prisoners

Philippines - BuCor eyes building national prisons in all 17 PH regions

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1698319/bucor-eyes-building-national-prisons-in-all-17-ph-regions

Europe

Cyprus - Justice minister receives damning prisons report, will ‘act accordingly’

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/26/justice-minister-receives-damning-prisons-report-will-act-accordingly/

England and Wales - Inquiry launched into staffing issues in the prison system

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/102/justice-committee/news/174666/inquiry-launched-into-staffing-issues-in-the-prison-system/

England and Wales - Reading app to help prison leavers turn new page

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/reading-app-to-help-prison-leavers-turn-new-page

French prison population reaches a record 120% capacity 

http://www.euronews.com/2022/11/28/french-prison-population-reaches-a-record-120-capacity

Dance classes give hope to Portuguese prisoners

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20221128-dance-classes-give-hope-to-portuguese-prisoners

Welsh council to take control of prison social care responsibilities

https://nation.cymru/news/welsh-council-to-take-control-of-prison-social-care-responsibilities/

Oceania

New Zealand - Highest risk offenders may be missing out on vital rehab because of psychologist shortage at Corrections

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/130566209/highest-risk-offenders-may-be-missing-out-on-vital-rehab-because-of-psychologist-shortage-at-corrections

 

News 25 November

Americas

Canada - Working prisoners are entitled to employment and safety standards just like anybody else

https://theconversation.com/working-prisoners-are-entitled-to-employment-and-safety-standards-just-like-anybody-else-194099

Europe

England and Wales - Life After Prison: Podcast wants to break stigma of leaving jail

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-63701161

England and Wales - Doubts over effectiveness of post-prison services in Wales

https://pembrokeshire-herald.com/80014/doubts-over-effectiveness-of-post-prison-services-in-wales/

Scottish Prison Service spent about £1m on digital contractor fees during the pandemic

https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,scottish-prison-service-spent-about-1m-a-year-on-digital-contractor-fees-during-the-pandemic

Scotland - Sturgeon urged to bin £4.12m phones for prisoner policy

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/23147596.sturgeon-urged-bin-4-12m-phones-prisoner-policy/

Oceania

Australia - Changes to the NT's mandatory sentencing laws pass parliament, prisoner numbers reach new record

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-25/nt-mandatory-sentencing-changes-pass-parliament-prisons-capacity/101696414

 

News 24 November

Americas

Human rights organization Curaçao: situation in Block 1 of SDKK prison again dire

https://www.curacaochronicle.com/post/local/human-rights-organization-curacao-situation-in-block-1-of-sdkk-prison-again-dire/

US - Overcrowding, Lack of Healthcare Access Help Increase COVID Mortality in Prisons

https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/101920

US - Three Georgia jail guards charged over beating caught on video

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/23/georgia-inmate-beating-officers-charged

Asia

Maldives - All calls from prison are now monitored: Prison Commissioner

https://edition.mv/news/26378

Europe

Highest number of people on remand in England and Wales for over 50 years 

https://www.fairtrials.org/articles/news/highest-number-of-people-on-remand-in-england-and-wales-for-over-50-years/

England and Wales - Autism and ADHD: the youth justice system is harming neurodivergent children

https://theconversation.com/autism-and-adhd-the-youth-justice-system-is-harming-neurodivergent-children-188776

England and Wales - London probation services shockingly bad - inspectorate

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-63714964

Northern Ireland - Magilligan prisoners planting trees for the future

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-63712971

Oceania

Australia (ACT) - Bored prisoners contribute to prison tension

https://citynews.com.au/2022/bored-prisoners-contribute-to-prison-tension/

 

News 23 November

Africa

Nigerian Prisons record zero COVID-19 case since outbreak —CGP

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/11/nigerian-prisons-record-zero-covid-19-case-since-outbreak-cgp/

Americas

Canada - The criminal justice system is retraumatizing victims of violent crime

https://theconversation.com/the-criminal-justice-system-is-retraumatizing-victims-of-violent-crime-193067

US - The Case For Taxing Prison Labor

https://www.forbes.com/sites/taxnotes/2022/11/22/the-case-for-taxing-prison-labor/

US - Colorado Prisons Hold People In Painful Metal Shackles For Weeks, Report Says

https://theappeal.org/colorado-prisons-metal-shackles/

US (Kansas) - The cost of talking to family from prison strains ties that help inmates thrive after release

https://www.kcur.org/news/2022-11-22/the-cost-of-talking-to-family-from-prison-strains-ties-that-help-inmates-thrive-after-release

Asia

India - Jail despite bail: Lacking money or social connections, hundreds languish behind bars

https://www.newslaundry.com/2022/11/23/jail-despite-bail-lacking-money-or-social-connections-hundreds-languish-behind-bars

The Philippines’ Corruption-Ridden Prison System

https://www.asiasentinel.com/p/philippines-corruption-ridden-prison-system

Saudi execution spree continues as fears rise for Jordanian on death row

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/22/saudi-execution-spree-continues-as-fears-rise-for-jordanian-on-death-row

Europe

French magistrates go on strike over work conditions that encourage 'cheap justice'

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20221122-french-magistrates-go-on-strike-over-work-conditions-that-encourage-cheap-justice

Italy - 45 probed for 'torturing' Ivrea prison inmates

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/11/22/45-probed-for-torturing-ivrea-prison-inmates_c16ecba9-1298-491d-95fb-3ae7c0821765.html

 

News 22 November

Africa

Prison guards in Uganda denied phones to avoid distraction during World Cup

https://www.africanews.com/2022/11/21/prison-guards-in-uganda-denied-phones-to-avoid-distraction-during-world-cup/

Americas

‘They Lack Everything’: Crisis in Argentina’s Overcrowded Prisons

https://globalpressjournal.com/americas/argentina/lack-everything-crisis-argentinas-overcrowded-prisons/

Cayman Islands - Poor prison security deprives inmates of rights

https://caymannewsservice.com/2022/11/poor-prison-security-deprives-inmates-of-rights/

US - Health Care During Incarceration: A Policy Position Paper From the American College of Physicians

https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M22-2370

US - Prison Mail Policy Changes Keep Incarcerated People From Receiving Mail, Packages

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/prison-mail-policy-changes-new-york

US - Alabama Suspends Executions After Lethal Injection Problems

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/21/us/alabama-executions-lethal-injection.html

Europe

Ireland - Lack of disability placement leaves vulnerable woman on remand in prison

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-41011589.html

Portugal - Prison guards on strike

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-11-21/prison-guards-on-strike/72260

Oceania

Australia - Report praises governance of prison confinement regimes

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/report-praises-governance-of-prison-confinement-regimes

New Zealand - Prison numbers declining - yet violent crime, gang numbers increasing

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/early-edition/audio/simon-oconnor-national-corrections-spokesperson-on-prison-numbers-declining-yet-violent-crime-gang-numbers-increasing/

 

News 19-21 November

Africa

Nigeria - Victims of wrongful imprisonment recount harrowing tales, lawyers seek reforms

https://punchng.com/victims-of-wrongful-imprisonment-recount-harrowing-tales-lawyers-seek-reforms/

Zimbabwe - Mnangagwa's govt to build new prisons

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-225557.html

Americas

Ten killed as gang bosses’ transfer sparks prison riot in Ecuador

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/19/ten-killed-as-gang-bosses-transfer-spark-prison-riot-in-ecuador

Trinidad & Tobago - Needy prisoners left without soap, sanitary supplies

https://newsday.co.tt/2022/11/20/needy-prisoners-left-without-soap-sanitary-supplies/

US - New Mexico is Paying Millions to Take Control of Private Prisons as Inmate Populations Decline

https://abq.news/2022/11/new-mexico-is-paying-millions-to-take-control-of-private-prisons-as-inmate-populations-decline/

US - More 'freedom libraries' arrive in Louisiana state prisons: 'If we build it, they will come'

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/nonprofit-returns-to-louisiana-to-install-prison-libraries/article_0c21ef3e-652d-11ed-9cb1-3b2f3153e0df.html

US (Tennessee) - Mandatory life in prison declared unconstitutional for juvenile offenders by TN Supreme Court

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/mandatory-life-in-prison-declared-unconstitutional-for-juvenile-offenders-by-tn-supreme-court

Asia

India - ‘Over 13,000 inmates in jail built for 5,200’

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/over-13000-inmates-in-jail-built-for-5200/article66158591.ece

Packed cells, poor facilities, no rights—new book shows huge gaps for women in Indian jails

https://theprint.in/pageturner/book-scene/packed-cells-poor-facilities-no-rights-new-book-shows-huge-gaps-for-women-in-indian-jails/1225078/

Philippines - Even behind bars, prisoners take part in crimes. Here’s why.

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/even-behind-bars-prisoners-take-part-crimes/

Europe

Cyprus - Prison guards remanded again over inmate’s murder

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/19/prison-guards-remanded-again-over-inmates-murder/

England and Wales - Prison guards 'leaving profession in droves' fuelled by inmate overcrowding

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-11-18/prison-guards-leaving-profession-in-droves-fuelled-by-inmate-overcrowding

England and Wales - Rishi Sunak vows to increase prison capacity in crime crackdown bid

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-11-18/rishi-sunak-vows-to-increase-prison-capacity-in-crime-crackdown-bid

England and Wales - Inspectors demand urgent action on unsafe Exeter Prison

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-63677703

Greek courts abuse pre-trial detention

https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/eng/News/Data-news/Greek-courts-abuse-pre-trial-detention

Northern Ireland - 'Putting children aged 10 before the courts is wrong': Calls to raise age of criminal responsibility to 16 in NI

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/putting-children-aged-10-before-the-courts-is-wrong-calls-to-raise-age-of-criminal-responsibility-to-16-in-ni-42158848.html

 

News 18 November

Africa

UN 'Alarmed' Over Detainee Hunger Strike At Libya Jail

https://www.barrons.com/news/un-alarmed-over-detainee-hunger-strike-at-libya-jail-01668688506?tesla=y

Americas

Survey finds Barbadians prefer rehab for criminals over just punishment

https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/11/17/survey-finds-barbadians-prefer-rehab-for-criminals-over-just-punishment/

Canada - Inmate hunger strike highlights problems facing Indigenous people in prison

https://globalnews.ca/news/9287314/inmate-hunger-strike-problems-indigenous-prison/

US - The Hidden Toll Of Working On Prison Executions

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/17/1137380268/the-hidden-toll-of-working-on-prison-executions

US - When a Parent Is Jailed, Children's Health Care Suffers

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-11-17/when-a-parent-is-jailed-childrens-health-care-suffers

US - Hundreds of Women Set to Sue New York Over Allegations of Prison Sex Abuse

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/16/nyregion/new-york-prison-sex-abuse.html

Asia

India - No ‘e-mualqat’ for inmates with families abroad due to security reasons, Tihar jail tells Delhi HC

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/tihar-jail-delhi-hc-no-e-mulaqat-inmates-families-abroad-security-reasons-8275906/

Malaysia - Strategic system changes vital to reduce recidivism, says expert

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2022/11/851943/strategic-system-changes-vital-reduce-recidivism-says-expert

Red Cross says ready to help decongest Philippine jails

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/11/18/22/red-cross-says-ready-to-help-decongest-ph-jails

Europe

England and Wales - Entrepreneur prisoners bid to turn back on crime

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/entrepreneur-prisoners-bid-to-turn-back-on-crime

England and Wales - Stocken Prison in Rutland needs more resources to prepare prisoners for release

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/prison-lacks-resources-9284355/

Ireland - Inmates at Limerick Women's Prison sleeping on mattresses or floors due to overcrowding

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-41008808.html

Sweden - Ikea pushes back against Belarus prison labour allegations

https://www.thelocal.se/20221118/ikea-pushes-back-against-belarus-prison-labour-allegations/

Oceania

Australia - Diverting children away from the criminal justice system gives them a chance to ‘grow out’ of crime

https://theconversation.com/diverting-children-away-from-the-criminal-justice-system-gives-them-a-chance-to-grow-out-of-crime-194645

New Zealand - Prisoners win court action over wages and cost of telephone calls behind bars

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300742463/prisoners-win-court-action-over-wages-and-cost-of-telephone-calls-behind-bars

 

News 17 November

Africa

Use of death penalty declines in Africa

https://www.dw.com/en/use-of-death-penalty-declines-in-africa/a-63777585

Americas

Canada - Judges should be free to impose conditional sentences when reasonable

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2022/11/17/judges-should-be-free-to-impose-conditional-sentences-when-reasonable.html

At least five inmates escape from prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/at-least-five-inmates-escape-from-prison-in-guayaquil-ecuador/ar-AA14cN4C

Peru, Chile Prisons May Struggle to Contain Tren de Aragua

https://insightcrime.org/peru-chile-prisons-may-struggle-to-contain-tren-de-aragua/

Asia

Bangladesh - Govt must ensure prisoner’s right to proper health care

https://www.newagebd.net/article/186603/govt-must-ensure-prisoners-right-to-proper-health-care

Europe

People from England’s most deprived areas ten times more likely to be in prison, analysis finds

https://www.miragenews.com/people-from-englands-most-deprived-areas-ten-897639/

England and Wales - Government spends more than £250k fighting Gartree ‘super prison’ planning refusal

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/government-spends-more-250k-fighting-7827581

England and Wales - Failings identified at HMP Hull after troubled inmate dies in his cell

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/failings-identified-hmp-hull-after-7830235

'Scandal' as Scottish jails quarter-filled with remand prisoners waiting trial or sentencing

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scandal-scottish-jails-quarter-filled-28507337

Oceania

Australia - Five years since the NT royal commission into youth detention and child protection, there is hope, disappointment and fear

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-17/nt-don-dale-royal-commission-youth-detention-five-years/101655822

 

News 16 November

Africa

Nigeria has too many prison inmates awaiting trial—technology could achieve swifter justice

https://phys.org/news/2022-11-nigeria-prison-inmates-awaiting-trialtechnology.html

Le Sénégal lance le bracelet électronique pour désengorger ses prisons

https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20221116-le-s%C3%A9n%C3%A9gal-lance-le-bracelet-%C3%A9lectronique-pour-d%C3%A9sengorger-ses-prisons

Americas

Rare look at women, children at Peru prison

https://eu.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2022/11/15/rare-look-women-children-peru-prison/10704012002/

US - Incarcerated People Need Access to Phone Apps

https://www.vera.org/news/incarcerated-people-need-access-to-phone-apps

US - Polls: Death Penalty Support Remains Near 50-Year Low Despite Record-High Perception that Crime Has Increased

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/polls-death-penalty-support-remains-near-50-year-low-despite-record-high-perception-that-crime-has-increased

Asia

Bangladesh - No doctor in most jails

https://www.newagebd.net/article/186534/no-doctor-in-most-jails

Kuwait executes seven people convicted of murder and other crimes

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/kuwait-executes-seven-people-convicted-of-murder-and-other-crimes/ar-AA14aIRB

Philippines - PCIJ audit finds PH prison system gaps: Congestion, kids in jail

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1693742/pcij-audit-finds-gaps-in-ph-prisons-system-congestion-kids-in-jail

Syrian amnesties freed less than 6% of detainees, report reveals

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/15/syrian-amnesties-freed-fewer-than-6-per-cent-of-detainees-report-reveals

Europe

Cyprus - Prison overcrowding has grown worse in recent years

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/11/15/prison-overcrowding-has-grown-worse-in-recent-years/

England and Wales - HMP Liverpool: Challenging prison 'making positive progress'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-63624834

Oceania

Australia ready for next UN prison inspection

https://www.riverineherald.com.au/national/aust-ready-for-next-un-prison-inspection/

Australia - Queensland's youth justice review reveals children held in watch houses for longer, possibly pleading guilty to crimes they didn't commit

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-16/qld-youth-justice-atkinson-report-bail-gps-monitoring-devices/101650416

 

News 15 November

Africa

Prison conditions in South Africa need an URGENT upgrade

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/end-prison-solitary-confinement-edwin-cameron-tells-parliament-breaking-14-november-2022/

Americas

US (California) - Identifying childhood trauma a key to rehabilitating, reintegrating prison inmates into society

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/childhood-trauma-may-be-key-to-rehabilitating-reintegrating-prison-inmates-into-society/

US (Hawaii) - Prison rape victims seek $7.5M in damages, but state argues it’s not liable

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2022/11/15/prison-rape-victims-seek-75m-damages-state-argues-theyre-not-liable-rogue-guards/

US (Washington) - ‘I don’t have the funds’: a diabetic prisoner pleaded for insulin supplies before his death

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/15/prison-healthcare-washington-diabetes-death-clifford-farrar

US - ‘If I could buy freedom, I would’: LA residents who can’t afford bail sue to change system

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/14/los-angeles-bail-lawsuit-jail-prison-reform

Europe

England and Wales - 'Model prisoner' found dead at Leyland prison after being refused parole

https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/model-prisoner-found-dead-leyland-25510089

Oceania

Australia - Queensland has more children in detention than any other state, report says

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/15/queensland-has-more-children-in-detention-than-any-other-state-report-says

New Zealand - All prisons short of Corrections officers as jailhouse population climbs

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300739227/all-prisons-short-of-corrections-officers-as-jailhouse-population-climbs

 

News 12 – 14 November

Africa

Kenya - Organisation opens safehouse for women released from prison

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/realtime/2022-11-13-organisation-launches-safehouse-for-women-released-from-prison/

Americas

Opinion: It’s time to end forced prison labor everywhere in the United States

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/11/13/its-time-end-forced-prison-labor-everywhere-united-states/

Asia

India - Prison inmates stage protest over 'poor food quality' in Patna, report sought

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/north-and-central/prison-inmates-stage-protest-over-poor-food-quality-in-patna-report-sought-1162043.html

Philippines - NBP, prison system need serious reforms

https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/11/14/opinion/columns/nbp-prison-system-need-serious-reforms/1866216

Europe

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, October 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-october-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-october-2022

Ireland - Almost two-thirds of women in Mountjoy prison’s Dochas centre on methadone

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/dublin-news/almost-two-thirds-of-women-in-mountjoy-prisons-dochas-centre-on-methadone-42136807.html

Ireland - Vulnerable woman's death in prison must be a catalyst for change, campaigners say

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-41004944.html

North Macedonia to pardon violators of pandemic measures

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/north-macedonia-pardon-violators-pandemic-measures-93174271

Scotland - Health bosses could be called in over 'shocking' state of HMP Greenock

https://www.greenocktelegraph.co.uk/news/23114361.health-bosses-called-shocking-state-hmp-greenock/

Oceania

Australia could free a third of its prisoners with little risk to community, new research finds

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/14/australia-could-free-a-third-of-its-prisoners-with-little-risk-to-community-new-research-finds

Australia - Former inmates struggling to reintegrate into society due to minimal experience with digital technology

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-14/former-prisoner-struggling-with-the-use-of-technology/101641072

Australia - Calls for royal commission into WA youth justice, as judge again condemns Banksia Hill

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-14/royal-commission-calls-wa-banksia-hill-youth-prison/101650190

 

News 11 November

Africa

At least 17 prisoners on the run after Comoros islands prison break

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/11/10/At-least-17-prisoners-on-the-run-after-Comoros-islands-prison-break

Americas

US - End of slavery exception in state constitutions could reform prison labor

https://publicintegrity.org/labor/end-of-slavery-exception-in-state-constitutions-could-reform-prison-labor/

Asia

Philippines - P4 billion needed to build ‘supermax’ prison – Remulla

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/11/11/2222965/p4-billion-needed-build-supermax-prison-remulla

Thailand - Phuket inmates get cooking in ‘street food’ contest

https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-inmates-get-cooking-in-street-food-contest-86189.php

Europe

England and Wales - Durham Prison criticised over vulnerable inmate's hanging death

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-63587888

Scotland - Lengthy Covid isolation for prisoners ‘risked breaching human rights’

https://news.stv.tv/scotland/lengthy-covid-isolation-for-inmates-at-scottish-prisons-risked-breaching-human-rights

Turks risk losing Europe's human rights protections after court spurned

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/turks-risk-losing-europes-human-rights-protections-after-court-spurned-2022-11-10/

Oceania

Australia - How a cell-free facility is leading the way for NSW prisons

https://www.2gb.com/ray-hadley-broadcasts-from-innovative-nsw-prison/

Australia - NT juvenile justice system has ‘undoubtedly gone backwards’

https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/nt-juvenile-justice-system-has-undoubtedly-gone-backwards/video/a68cfbabbff522a5b92184c3e46735b0

New Zealand - Courts and justice staff across NZ take industrial action over cost of living

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300737131/courts-and-justice-staff-across-nz-take-industrial-action-over-cost-of-living

 

News 10 November

Americas

Latin American Countries Release Thousands of Criminals from Prison

https://www.theepochtimes.com/5-latin-american-countries-release-thousands-of-criminals-from-prison_4852660.html?welcomeuser=1

US - Voters approve limits on forced prison labor in four states

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/nov/9/voters-approve-limits-on-forced-prison-labor-in-fo/

US - ICE Loves to Buy Furniture Made With Prison Labor, Documents Show

https://gizmodo.com/ice-prison-labor-unicor-furniture-admission-kit-hygiene-1849629394

US - Alabama Prison Crisis Continues With 17th Recorded Homicide

https://www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/justice/alabama-prison-crisis-continues-with-17th-recorded-homicide.html

Asia

Philippines - DOJ to check possible liability of jail officials over unclaimed inmate cadavers

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/11/10/DOJ-unclaimed-cadavers-Bilibid-inmates.html

Europe

Minister: Amnesty will not affect crime situation in Belarus

https://eng.belta.by/society/view/minister-amnesty-will-not-affect-crime-situation-in-belarus-154526-2022/

Scotland - SNP ministers warned budget cuts to prisons will put 'community safety' at risk

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/politics/snp-ministers-warned-budget-cuts-28446629

Oceania

Australia - New philanthropy-backed podcast created by women in prison

https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2022/11/new-philanthropy-backed-podcast-created-by-women-in-prison/

New Zealand - Slow progress for national arts in prisons strategy

https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/130413570/slow-progress-for-national-arts-in-prisons-strategy

 

News 9 November

Africa

Nigeria - Prison Decongestion: Over 12,000 inmates freed within last six years — FG

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/11/prison-decongestion-over-12000-inmates-freed-within-last-six-years-fg/

Americas

Guyana - Counseling replaces custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana

https://newssourcegy.com/news/counseling-replaces-custodial-sentences-for-small-amounts-of-marijuana/

Jamaica - Five prison inmates infected with tuberculosis

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20221108/five-prison-inmates-infected-tuberculosis

US - Texas’ soaring psychiatric bed waitlist leaves county jails in a bind

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2022/11/09/texas-soaring-psychiatric-bed-waitlist-leaves-county-jails-in-a-bind/

US - Measure 112 passes, removing slavery language from Oregon Constitution

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/11/08/oregon-election-measure-112-removes-exception-state-constitution-slavery-forced-labor/

Asia

Young protesters undergo military training, patriotic education in Hong Kong prisons

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/protesters-11082022100105.html

India - Awareness class held for women prisoners on rights and duties

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/awareness-class-held-for-women-prisoners-on-rights-and-duties/article66112671.ece

Japan - UN body slams death row conditions, demands progress towards the abolition of capital punishment

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/japan/paris-tokyo-fidh-and-center-for-prisoners

Europe

England and Wales - Durham Prison death inquest considers if restraint caused death

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-63562152

Italy - Three prison officers arrested for torturing psychiatric inmate

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/11/09/three-prison-officers-arrested-for-torturing-psych-inmate_ba085b5c-690c-4737-ae4a-3f8a8f1d75c0.html

Ukraine Considers Alternatives to Jail for Minor Crimes

https://iwpr.net/global-voices/ukraine-considers-alternatives-jail-minor-crimes

 

News 8 November

Africa

Nigeria - Group calls for strict implementation of criminal Justice law

https://guardian.ng/features/law/group-calls-for-strict-implementation-of-criminal-justice-law/

Americas

At least five dead and three wounded in new clashes in an Ecuadorian prison

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/at-least-five-dead-and-three-wounded-in-new-clashes-in-an-ecuadorian-prison/ar-AA13R71A

Transfers of Gang Leaders Focus Points for Ecuador’s Prison Violence

https://insightcrime.org/news/transfers-of-gang-leaders-focus-points-for-ecuadors-prison-violence/

US - Kentucky governor promotes ‘prison-to-work’ program

https://apnews.com/article/prisons-kentucky-government-and-politics-a5166c6c0ed9792847cd7497364d0d9e

Asia

India: Conjugal rights debate puts focus on jail reform

https://www.dw.com/en/india-conjugal-rights-debate-puts-focus-on-jail-reform/a-63671294

Europe

Clearer, kinder and fit for today: Belgium to overhaul Penal Code

https://www.brusselstimes.com/318299/more-humane-clearer-and-modern-belgium-to-overhaul-penal-code

Netherlands - More prison detainees in 2021

https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2022/44/more-prison-detainees-in-2021

Scotland - Bill for new Highland prison rises again to almost £140 million with more delays anticipated

https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/bill-for-new-prison-rises-again-to-almost-140-million-292793/

Oceania

Australia - Judge accuses WA government of 'flouting the law' over juveniles detained in adult prison

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-08/judge-accuses-wa-government-of-flouting-law-juveniles-prison/101627652

Australia - New South Wales prisoner assault statistics concern advocates

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-08/nsw-prisoner-assault-statistics-concern-advocates/101624424

 

News 5-7 November

Africa

Kenya - Virtual inmate visitation program unveiled at Nakuru G.K Prisons

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/counties/article/2001460031/virtual-inmate-visitation-program-unveiled-at-nakuru-gk-prisons

Americas

Canada - Federal prison service hiring an executive to address soaring rates of Indigenous imprisonment

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-federal-prison-service-hiring-an-executive-to-address-soaring-rates-of/

Canada - More people may join ongoing hunger strike at Sask. women's jail, advocate says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/hunger-strike-prince-albert-jail-1.6641855

US - Why So Many Jails Are in a ‘State of Complete Meltdown’

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/11/04/why-so-many-jails-are-in-a-state-of-complete-meltdown

Asia

Pakistan - Juvenile Justice Committee set up for first time in Islamabad

https://www.dawn.com/news/1719204/juvenile-justice-committee-set-up-for-first-time-in-islamabad

Philippines - Senate mulls prison system overhaul

https://mb.com.ph/2022/11/07/senate-mulls-prison-system-overhaul/

Philippines - Senate to push for funds to start construction of separate facility for heinous criminals

https://mb.com.ph/2022/11/07/senators-back-proposal-creating-a-super-max-jail-for-high-profile-convicts/

Europe

England and Wales - Iceland hiring ex-prisoners in stores in recruitment drive 'good for society'

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iceland-hiring-ex-prisoners-stores-28417099

Ireland - Those on probation orders earn 30% less – CSO

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/2022/november/those-on-probation-orders-earn-30-less--cso

Portugal - Prison guards on strike

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-11-05/prison-guards-on-strike/71768

Oceania

Australia - NSW reversed decision to allow UN inspection of prisons at last minute, committee told

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/07/nsw-reversed-decision-to-allow-un-inspection-of-prisons-at-last-minute-committee-told

Australia - South-east Qld prison still in lockdown after inmates climb onto roof

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/south-east-qld-prison-in-lockdown-after-inmates-climb-onto-roof-20221106-p5bvzq.html

Australia - Prisoner in intensive care after huge fire, riot tears through Adelaide jail

https://www.9news.com.au/national/prisoner-in-intensive-care-after-jail-riot-and-fire-yesterday/e9084f96-2505-46ea-94c3-8cf26a29b5b8

Australia - Queensland's youth justice system 'in crisis' amid human rights breaches, children's commissioner warns

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-05/qld-commissioner-youth-justice-children-watch-house/101610300

 

News 4 November

More Women Are Being Imprisoned. It’s Not Making the World Safer.

https://www.wola.org/analysis/more-women-imprisoned-not-making-world-safer/

Africa

Ghana - Remove death penalty from Constitution - Lawyer urges

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Remove-death-penalty-from-Constitution-Lawyer-urges-1656416

Effective Mechanisms For Management Of Pre-Trial Detention In Sub-Saharan Africa

https://thenigerialawyer.com/effective-mechanisms-for-management-of-pre-trial-detention-in-sub-saharan-africa/

Americas

Canada - Prison watchdog raises concerns again about conditions at Edmonton Institution

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/police-watchdog-raises-concerns-edmonton-institution-1.6638764

US - Virginia Women’s Prisons Force People to Remove Pads, Tampons During Strip Searches

https://theappeal.org/virginia-prisons-tampons-strip-searches/

Asia

India - NCRB to upgrade prison security

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/ncrb-to-upgrade-prison-security/articleshow/95285257.cms

India - Disease burden in jails

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/editorials/disease-burden-in-jails-447331

Philippines - BuCor OIC to implement 1-strike policy for jail officials

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/11/03/22/bucor-oic-to-implement-1-strike-policy-for-jail-officials

Europe

England and Wales - MP calls for change in prison release days to stop gangs picking up ex-inmates

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/national/23100338.mp-calls-change-prison-release-days-stop-gangs-picking-ex-inmates/

England and Wales - Construction starts on UK’s first all-electric prison

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/construction-starts-on-uk-s-first-all-electric-prison

Oceania

Australia’s prisons to cost $7bn a year by 2030 as number of women incarcerated grows faster than men – study

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/04/australias-prisons-to-cost-7bn-a-year-by-2030-as-number-of-women-incarcerated-grows-faster-than-men-study

Australia (NSW) - Segregations exceeding 24 hours at Juvenile Justice centres on the rise.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-04/juvenile-justice-centre-solitary-confinments-rise-ombudsman/101610380

 

News 3 November

Americas

Canada - Legal group raises concerns about prisoner review system

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-legal-group-raises-concerns-about-prisoner-review-system/

Two dead in gang violence at Ecuador prison after inmate transfers

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/two-dead-gang-violence-ecuador-prison-after-inmate-transfers-2022-11-02/

Promise of voting rights remains distant for those in US jails

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/2/promise-of-voting-rights-remain-distant-for-eligible-us-prisoners

US - Justice Department reports on sexual assaults by federal corrections employees

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/03/1133543089/prison-assault-justice-report

Europe

England and Wales - Model for reintegrating prisoners into the community ‘must be overhauled at the earliest opportunity’

https://www.thejusticegap.com/offender-management-in-custody-model-omic-is-simply-not-working/

England and Wales - 'Worryingly high' levels of violence continue at Werrington youth prison

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/worryingly-high-levels-violence-continue-7776560

Italy - The worst year for prison suicides – Gabriele D’Angelo

https://www.breakinglatest.news/news/the-worst-year-for-prison-suicides-gabriele-dangelo/

Scottish prisons could be plunged into permanent Covid- style lockdowns if they do not get extra funding

https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/politics/scottish-prisons-could-plunged-permanent-28396374

 

News 2 November

Americas

Antigua - Prison staff called out for failing to support colleagues in protest action

https://antiguaobserver.com/prison-staff-called-out-for-failing-to-support-colleagues-in-protest-action%EF%BF%BC/

Canada’s prison system has changed little for Indigenous Peoples: Report

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/canadas-prison-system-has-changed-little-for-indigenous-peoples-report/

Canada - Courts, government bills are unravelling Harper-era crime laws

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-mandatory-minimum-sentences-criminal-code-1.6637154

Canada - Does N.B. need a new $32-million jail? Province won't release records explaining decision

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/fredericton-jail-data-records-1.6636550

US - Sentenced to life for stealing $14: ‘I needed help, but was given jail’

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/02/sentenced-to-life-for-stealing-14-i-needed-help-but-was-given-jail

US - Hawaii Corrections By The Numbers: Incarceration Declined In 2020, And So Did Crime Rates

https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/11/hawaii-corrections-by-the-numbers-incarceration-declined-in-2020-and-so-did-crime-rates/

Asia

India - Skill development training to prisoners in AP

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/021122/skill-development-training-to-prisoners-in-ap.html

Voter turnout in Israeli prisons at 80% as polls close

https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-721228

Editorial: As Japan changes form of prison sentences, efforts needed to curb recidivism

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20221102/p2a/00m/0op/012000c

Philippines - ‘High number of deaths in BuCor’s detention facilities alarming’ – CHR

https://mb.com.ph/2022/11/02/high-number-of-deaths-in-bucorsdetention-facilities-alarming-chr/

Europe

England and Wales - Almost 75,000 defendants awaiting crown court trial, says head of CPS

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/nov/01/almost-75000-crown-court-cases-backlog-cps-max-hill

Scotland - Staff shortages at prison leading to ‘detrimental impact’ on inmates

https://news.stv.tv/west-central/staff-shortages-at-lanarkshire-prison-hmp-shotts-have-detrimental-impact-on-prisoners-report-finds

 

News 1 November

Africa

Kenya - Prisons Urged To Appropriately Rehabilitate Inmates

https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2022/10/prisons-urged-to-appropriately-rehabilitate-inmates/

South Africa - Jailing is not always the answer

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2022-11-01-sowetan-jailing-is-not-always-the-answer/

Americas

Guyana - Prisoners happy with meals; improved living conditions promised – Prison Service

https://newsroom.gy/2022/10/31/prisoners-happy-with-meals-improved-living-conditions-promised-prison-service/

Inmates Are Pushing Back Against Working In U.S. Prisons

https://www.newsy.com/stories/inmates-are-pushing-back-against-working-in-u-s-prisons/

US - Rikers Island detainee is 18th person to die in NYC’s prison system in 2022

https://nypost.com/2022/10/31/18th-detainee-dies-in-nyc-jail/

Asia

Indonesia - Restorative justice makes criminal law more humane: Deputy Minister

https://en.antaranews.com/news/257909/restorative-justice-makes-criminal-law-more-humane-deputy-minister

Philippines - Gov’t told to stop drug war to help  decongest prisons

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/10/31/484080/govt-told-to-stop-drug-war-to-help-decongest-prisons/

Philippines - CHR: ‘Death penalty inhuman, cruel, degrading, disadvantageous to poor’

https://mb.com.ph/2022/11/01/chr-death-penalty-inhuman-crueldegrading-disadvantageous-to-poor/

Europe

England and Wales - Lancaster Farms prisoners injured in protest over no clean water for nine hours

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/23090560.lancaster-farms-prisoners-injured-protest-no-clean-water-nine-hours/

Scotland - Academia, industry and social enterprise join forces to support prison leavers

https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/2022/academiaindustryandsocialenterprisejoinforcestosupportprisonleavers/

 

News 29 – 31 October

Africa

Namibia and Botswana agree to exchange prisoners

https://www.namibian.com.na/117377/read/Namibia-and-Botswana-agree-to-exchange-prisoners

Nigeria - Prison decongestion will curb jail breaks – Rights lawyer

https://punchng.com/prison-decongestion-will-curb-jail-breaks-rights-lawyer/

Rwanda - Over 25,000 in jail for drug abuse

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/article/2183/news/rwanda/over-25000-in-jail-for-drug-abuse

Americas

US - Heavy equipment meets virtual training at Oregon’s only women’s prison

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/10/29/coffee-creek-prison-oregon-job-training-incarcerated-inmates-skills-resources-virtual-reality/

US (Pennsylvania) - Activists Put Solitary Confinement on Ballot, But Local Elections Board Nixed It

https://truthout.org/articles/activists-put-solitary-confinement-on-ballot-but-local-elections-board-nixed-it/

US - Iowa remains the only state without a compassionate release program

https://www.iowapublicradio.org/ipr-news/2022-10-31/iowa-remains-the-only-state-without-a-compassionate-release-program

Asia

India - SC decides to examine poll law which deprives under trials, civil prison detainees their right to vote

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-examines-poll-law-which-deprives-under-trials-civil-prison-detainees-their-right-to-vote/article66076670.ece

Pakistan - Around 25 pc prisoners in Lahore, Rawalpindi jails prone to drug addiction: Report

https://theprint.in/world/around-25-pc-prisoners-in-lahore-rawalpindi-jails-prone-to-drug-addiction-report/1188496/

Philippines - BuCor resumes visitation privileges for PDLs in maximum-security jails

https://mb.com.ph/2022/10/30/bucor-resumes-visitation-privilegesfor-pdls-in-maximum-security-jails/

Thailand - New law on chemical castration of sexual offenders gazetted

https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2022/10/845224/new-law-chemical-castration-sexual-offenders-gazetted

Europe

England and Wales - Remand prisoners ‘missing out on jobs and education’

https://insidetime.org/remand-prisoners-missing-out-on-jobs-and-education/

England and Wales - In Britain, a jail sentence is often a death sentence. What’s going on in our prisons?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/31/britain-jail-sentence-death-sentence-prisons-justice

England and Wales - Inside one of London's oldest prisons that's so overcrowded that inmates share one man cells

https://www.mylondon.news/news/north-london-news/inside-one-londons-oldest-prison-25360912

England and Wales - HMP The Verne criticised in Ofsted inspection

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/23085805.hmp-verne-criticised-ofsted-inspection/

Northern Ireland - Prisons in grip of opioid crisis as one in five inmates getting treatment or awaiting help

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/prisons-in-grip-of-opioid-crisis-as-one-in-five-inmates-getting-treatment-or-awaiting-help-42104844.html

Vegan activist takes Switzerland to human rights court over prison diet

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/28/vegan-activist-takes-switzerland-to-human-rights-court-over-prison-diet

Inflation affects Türkiye's unprecedentedly high prison population

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/269188-inflation-affects-turkiye-s-unprecedentedly-high-prison-population

Oceania

Growing prison populations in Australia are costing $4.2bn a year despite falling crime rates, Labor says

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/31/growing-prison-populations-in-australia-are-costing-42bn-a-year-despite-falling-rates-labor-says

New Zealand - Whanganui prison to resume face-to-face visits after none for nine months

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/whanganui-chronicle/news/whanganui-prison-to-resume-face-to-face-visits-after-none-for-nine-months/YZ6UBBZZGECXBDEEIXI7I2IX34/

New Zealand - Corrections losing staff faster than it can hire them

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300726819/corrections-losing-staff-faster-than-it-can-hire-them

 

News 28 October

Americas

US - Why is solitary confinement increasing in federal prisons? New chief wants to know

https://news.yahoo.com/why-solitary-confinement-increasing-u-213232867.html

US - Colorado prisons’ restraint techniques amount to “torture” and need reform, lawmaker says

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/10/27/colorado-prisons-restraint-legislation/

US - Vermont still housing juveniles in adult prisons

https://www.vnews.com/juvenile-detention-in-adult-prisons-in-vermont-48586596

Asia

India - Psychological test of death row convicts is essential, says Supreme Court

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/supreme-court-says-psychological-evaluation-of-death-penalty-convicts-is-essential-before-hearing-their-appeals/article66062046.ece?homepage=true

Europe

England and Wales - Number of prisoners yet to be found guilty of a crime hits 50-year high

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/number-of-prisoners-yet-to-be-found-guilty-of-a-crime-hits-50-year-high-162717908.html

England and Wales - Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to September 2022 Assaults and Self-harm to June 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-june-2022/safety-in-custody-statistics-england-and-wales-deaths-in-prison-custody-to-september-2022-assaults-and-self-harm-to-june-2022

Government seeks urgent contract to keep prisoners in Spain warm and fed this winter

https://www.surinenglish.com/spain/warm-prisons-gas-prices-20221028100807-nt.html

Switzerland - Report takes issue with treatment of long-term incarcerated

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/report-raises-issue-with-treatment-of-long-term-incarcerated/48011398

Oceania

New Zealand - Corrections spend $4m on TV ad amid desperate staffing shortages

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/10/28/corrections-spend-4m-on-tv-ad-amid-desperate-staffing-shortages/

 

News 27 October

Africa

Experts seek medical intervention for elderly prison inmates in Nigeria

https://guardian.ng/news/experts-seek-medical-intervention-for-elderly-prison-inmates-in-nigeria/

Americas

US - How Mass Incarceration Shapes Our Elections

https://www.vera.org/news/how-mass-incarceration-shapes-our-elections

US - Prison reform is on the midterm ballot

https://news.yahoo.com/prison-reform-midterm-ballot-095809483.html

US - Physical Mail Was My Lifeline to the Outside World — and Now It’s Gone

https://truthout.org/articles/physical-mail-was-my-lifeline-to-the-outside-world-and-now-its-gone/

US (Hawaii) - Judge: Prison Officials Must Release Names Of Inmates Who Die In Custody

https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/10/judge-prison-officials-must-release-names-of-inmates-who-die-in-custody/

Asia

India - When courts enter prisons

https://theleaflet.in/when-courts-enter-prisons/

Thailand - Health checkups for inmates as mobile unit visits Phuket prison

https://www.thephuketnews.com/health-checkups-for-inmates-as-mobile-unit-visits-phuket-prison-86024.php

 

News 26 October

Americas

A made-in-Canada solution to help Indigenous people in prisons

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/podcasts/the-decibel/article-a-made-in-canada-solution-to-help-indigenous-people-in-prisons/

Gang control of Ecuador's prisons leave inmates' families terrified

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/gang-control-ecuadors-prisons-leave-inmates-families-terrified-2022-10-25/

In the U.S., some 4.6 million people are disenfranchised due to a felony conviction

https://www.ktoo.org/2022/10/25/felon-voting-state-laws-disenfranchisement-rates/

US - Missouri Department of Corrections sees 25% increase in prisoner deaths this year

https://www.corrections1.com/in-custody-death/articles/missouri-department-of-corrections-sees-25-increase-in-prisoner-deaths-this-year-MS8ih4iA3wI2TTHS/

Asia

Prisons Dept: Malaysia looking to slash prison occupancy by two-thirds over next eight years

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/10/26/prisons-dept-malaysia-looking-to-slash-prison-occupancy-by-two-thirds-over-next-eight-years/35639

Pakistan: Court orders action against IG Prisons over inhuman treatment of inmates

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistan-court-orders-action-against-ig-prisons-over-inhuman-treatment-of-inmates-1.91502482

Europe

Belgium - Ongoing 48-hour strike among staff at Saint-Gilles Prison

https://www.brusselstimes.com/312195/ongoing-48-hour-strike-among-staff-at-saint-gilles-prison

Scotland - Criminal justice groups warn of drastic cuts under spending plans

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-63391666

Oceania

Australia - Clarence Correctional Centre prisoners face lockdown as officers strike for second time in four weeks

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-26/clarence-correctional-centre-grafton-nsw-prison-officers-strike/101578324

 

News 25 October

Americas

One inmate dies in yet another prison riot in Ecuador

https://en.mercopress.com/2022/10/25/one-inmate-dies-in-yet-another-prison-riot-in-ecuador

Prison deaths mount in El Salvador's gang crackdown

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/prison-deaths-mount-el-salvadors-gang-crackdown-91998640

New US prisons chief pledges truth, reform for ailing system

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-bureau-of-prisons-justice-department-washington-jeffrey-epstein-b2209708.html

US (New York) - Rikers Island Sees 17th Prisoner Death This Year

https://reason.com/2022/10/24/rikers-island-sees-17th-prisoner-death-this-year/

Asia

Death row prisoners launch legal challenge to Japan’s no-notice executions

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2022-10/death-row-prisoners-launch-legal-challenge-no-notice-executions.html

Malaysia and the Politics Behind the Death Penalty: A Tumultuous Relationship.

https://worldcoalition.org/2022/10/24/malaysia-and-the-politics-behind-the-death-penalty-a-tumultuous-relationship/

Philippines - 3 to 5 inmates die in BuCor prisons each day, says spox

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/24/22/bucor-3-to-5-inmates-die-in-prisons-each-day

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Over-ambitious’ HMPPS electronic tagging plan ‘threw away’ £100m

https://www.civilserviceworld.com/professions/article/high-risk-overambitious-prison-and-probation-service-plan-threw-away-100m

England and Wales - Racism ‘overlooked and ignored’ among UK prison deaths, says new report

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/racism-overlooked-ignored-among-uk-prison-deaths/

England and Wales - HMP The Verne inmates need more purposeful activity, report says

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-63378713

Oceania

U.N. torture prevention team suspends visit to Australia over prison dispute

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2022/10/24/un-torture-prevention-team-suspends-visit-australia-prison-dispute/9631666616439/

Australia - WA prisoners in 'inhumane' conditions as mental health hospital Franklin Centre's waitlist grows

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-25/frankland-centre-full-mentally-unwell-prisoners-/101563292

 

News 22 – 24 October

Americas

USAID Launches Programme to Improve Youth Justice Systems in Eastern Caribbean

https://thevoiceslu.com/2022/10/usaid-launches-programme-to-improve-youth-justice-systems-in-eastern-caribbean/

Canada - '20 minutes a day': advocates say B.C. prison COVID-19 lockdown goes too far

https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2022/10/22/bc-prison-covid-lockdown/

US - Compassionate Release Program Underused as Prison Populations Age: Study

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/10/21/compassionate-release-program-underused-as-prison-populations-age-study/

Asia

India - 448 Prisoners Released In A Day: How Chhattisgarh Is Decongesting Its Jails

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/jail-lok-adalat-448-prisoners-released-in-a-day-how-chhattisgarh-is-decongesting-its-jails-3452558

Myanmar junta bans prison visits after parcel bomb attack

https://www.laprensalatina.com/myanmar-junta-bans-prison-visits-after-parcel-bomb-attack/

Pakistan - Court hearings go virtual on trial basis

https://www.dawn.com/news/1716195

Sri Lanka - New prison rules raise alarms

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/10/23/new-prison-rules-raise-alarms/

Europe

England and Wales - Prison’s ‘chronic’ problems are exposed in latest report

https://www.islingtontribune.co.uk/article/prisons-chronic-problems-are-exposed-in-latest-report

Ireland - McEntee confirms that prisoners on release are not being tagged due to cost

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40989929.html

Sweden's new right-leaning government to look at outsourcing prisoners to other countries

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/swedens-leaning-government-look-outsourcing-144516281.html

Turkey - Silivri Prison inmates complain of ill-treatment, poor prison conditions, says parliamentary committee report

https://stockholmcf.org/silivri-prison-inmates-complain-of-ill-treatment-poor-prison-conditions-says-parliamentary-committee-report/

Oceania

Failure to allow full UN prison inspections risks Australia’s international standing, experts say

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/24/failure-to-allow-full-un-prison-inspections-risks-australias-international-standing-experts-say

Australia - Judge issues WA government contempt of court warning over children detained in adult prison

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-21/judge-warns-wa-government-over-housing-children-at-casuarina/101564162

 

News 21 October

Americas

Canada - Mandatory minimum penalties harm the justice system

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-mandatory-minimum-penalties-harm-the-justice-system/

Abortion bans create ‘insurmountable barriers’ for incarcerated women in US

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/21/us-abortion-bans-insurmountable-barriers-incarcerated-women

US - Louisiana begins moving child inmates to notorious Angola prison’s former death row unit

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/louisiana-angola-prison-youth-death-row-b2207251.html

Asia

Punjab: Hundreds enjoy new conjugal visit rooms in India jails

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-63327632

Europe

England and Wales - Government ‘throws away’ £100m in failing tagging scheme

https://www.thejusticegap.com/government-throws-away-100m-in-failing-tagging-scheme/

England and Wales - Devon prison makes 'encouraging progress', say inspectors

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-63341603

Oceania

Australia - Malcolm Turnbull warns NSW and Queensland of ‘company they’re keeping’ by blocking UN prison inspectors

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/21/malcolm-turnbull-warns-nsw-and-queensland-of-company-theyre-keeping-by-blocking-un-prison-inspectors

 

News 20 October

Americas

Canada - Almost 100 inmates in B.C. prison diagnosed with COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/almost-100-inmates-in-mission-b-c-prison-diagnosed-with-covid-19-1.6622703

Canada - Inmates on hunger strike at women's jail in Sask. as concerns raised about conditions

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/pine-grove-correctional-concerns-1.6622343

New data tool details thousands of corporations profiting from U.S. prison industry: report

https://english.news.cn/20221020/ac5aa74036ea4fd887e8cc62ca167161/c.html

US - Restoring voting rights to those trapped by the carceral system goes beyond successful legislation

https://prismreports.org/2022/10/19/restoring-voting-rights/

US (Pennsylvania) - Jail officials across Pa. sound alarm as mental health crisis puts people at risk, survey finds

https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/10/pennsylvania-county-jail-mental-health-survey/

Asia

Saudi Arabia: Rights group warns kingdom still issuing death sentences for children

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-minors-death-sentences-rights-group

Europe

England and Wales - Devolution ‘necessary step’ towards better Welsh criminal justice system, academics argue

https://www.miragenews.com/devolution-necessary-step-towards-better-welsh-878058/

Oceania

Australia - NSW using prisoners as political pawns, critics say, after state refuses to let UN inspectors into detention facility

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/20/nsw-turns-visiting-un-inspectors-away-from-queanbeyan-detention-facility

 

News 19 October

Asia

India - Special living quarters for VIP Arthur Road Jail inmates soon

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/special-living-quarters-for-vip-arthur-road-jail-inmates-soon-101666120135279.html

Explosions at Myanmar main prison kill eight -media

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/explosions-myanmar-main-prison-kill-eight-media-2022-10-19/

Europe

Bulgaria: CoE prison report finds violence, health issues and staff shortages

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/bulgaria-coe-prison-report-finds-violence-health-issues-and-staff-shortages

England and Wales - HMP Pentonville living conditions and overcrowding worsen

https://www.thejusticegap.com/hmp-pentonville-living-conditions-and-overcrowding-worsen/

England and Wales - New report uncovers ‘institutional racism’ in the justice system

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/new-report-uncovers-institutional-racism-in-the-justice-system/

Oceania

Australia - NSW denies prison access for UN delegation

https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7948856/nsw-denies-prison-access-for-un-delegation/

Let the UN’s light of scrutiny shine on Australia’s prisons and detention regimes

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/oct/19/let-the-uns-light-of-scrutiny-shine-on-australias-prisons-and-detention-regimes

 

News 18 October

Africa

Liberia: Prison Fellowship Liberia Sponsors 1,500 Children in School

https://allafrica.com/stories/202210170469.html

Americas

Antigua - Prison officers take to the streets to demand better working conditions

https://antiguaobserver.com/prison-officers-take-to-the-streets-to-demand-better-working-conditions/

British Virgin Islands - HM Prison to now get CCTV surveillance

https://bvinews.com/hm-prison-to-now-get-cctv-surveillance/

US - Inmate strike inside Alabama prisons comes to end

https://www.wsfa.com/2022/10/17/inmate-strike-inside-alabama-prisons-comes-end/

Asia

Philippines - DOJ aims to set up regional prison facilities ‘to humanize prison system’

https://mb.com.ph/2022/10/18/doj-aims-to-set-up-regional-prisonfacilities-to-humanize-prison-system/

Europe

England and Wales - Winchester prison faces damning report revealing persistent violence and 'vermin-infested' buildings

https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/people/winchester-prison-faces-damning-report-revealing-persistent-violence-and-vermin-infested-buildings-3883091

En suites, yoga and pastel shades: radical women’s prison to open in Scotland

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/17/en-suites-yoga-and-pastel-shades-radical-womens-prison-to-open-in-scotland

Scotland - Court backlog has reduced by 10000 since the start of the year

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/about-the-scottish-court-service/scs-news/2022/10/18/court-backlog-has-reduced-by-10000-since-the-start-of-the-year

Oceania

Australia - COVID-19 isolation policy sees girls in Alice Springs juvenile detention centre moved into boys' area

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-18/alice-springs-juvenile-girls-moved-in-with-boys-covid/101543316

 

News 12-17 October

Africa

South Africa - Overcrowding and suicides a concern in SA prisons

https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kwazulu-natal/overcrowding-and-suicides-a-concern-in-sa-prisons-4e9199d6-20eb-415e-b958-ff74d73c1bb6

Americas

Concerns grow as cholera spreads through Haiti's prisons

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/haiti-ap-health-portauprince-puerto-rico-b2200710.html

US - Costs of incarceration rise as inflation squeezes inmates, families

https://nebraskaexaminer.com/2022/10/17/costs-of-incarceration-rise-as-inflation-squeezes-inmates-families/

Asia

Cambodia - Prisoners are being marked for parole

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501169388/prisoners-are-being-marked-for-parole/

Iran prison fire death toll rises to 8 inmates killed

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-prison-fire-death-toll-rises-to-8-inmates-killed-177754

Malaysia - Two-thirds of prisoners to undergo community rehab by 2030

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/10/11/two-thirds-of-prisoners-to-undergo-community-rehab-by-2030/

Pakistan - Inmates in overcrowded jails suffer ‘torture’

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2381682/inmates-in-overcrowded-jails-suffer-torture

Europe

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, September 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-september-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-september-2022

England and Wales - Black deaths in UK prisons are among most violent and neglectful, damning report finds

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/black-prison-deaths-violent-b2201312.html

England and Wales - Foreign detainees being held in jail despite completing their sentences, UK prison watchdog says

https://news.sky.com/story/foreign-detainees-being-held-in-jail-despite-completing-their-sentences-uk-prison-watchdog-says-12719128

England and Wales - Backlog of criminal cases in Crown Courts reaches record high after strike

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/backlog-criminal-court-cases-record-high-barristers-strike-b1032382.html

Ireland - How prisoners help each other with mental health issues

https://www.newstalk.com/news/how-prisoners-help-each-other-with-mental-health-issues-1391940

Italy - Prisoner kills self in Florence, 68th jail suicide this year

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/10/14/prisoner-kills-self-in-florence-68th-jail-suicide-this-year_95e9ff2c-ae29-474a-8291-0e77fd93e49f.html

Northern Ireland - Long opens new Staff Wellbeing Hub at Maghaberry Prison

https://www.justice-ni.gov.uk/news/long-opens-new-staff-wellbeing-hub-maghaberry-prison

 

News 11 October

Africa

SPECIAL REPORT: Criminalisation of petty offences in Nigeria violates the poor

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/558840-special-report-criminalisation-of-petty-offences-in-nigeria-violates-the-poor.html

80 Zimbabweans on death row; NGO urges Govt to abolish death penalty

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/80-zimbos-on-death-row-breach-of-life-free-from-torture-and-degrading-treatment-says-ngo/

Americas

US - Prisoners in Alabama keep dying as inmates go on statewide labour strike

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/alabama-prison-strike-death-protest-b2199788.html

US (Colorado) - Inside the nation's first and only statewide prison radio station where inmates use conversation to "become better people"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/inside-wire-prison-radio-station/

Asia

Prison Riot In Northern Iran In Kills Several Inmates

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202210107513

Malaysia - Prisons Dept targets more inmates to undergo community rehab to prevent overcrowding

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/10/11/prisons-dept-targets-more-inmates-to-undergo-community-rehab-to-prevent-overcrowding

Philippines - Rights group calls for mass pardon for low-level offenders 

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/10/10/479660/rights-group-calls-for-mass-pardon-for-low-level-offenders/

Europe

England and Wales - Backlog of nearly 60,000 court cases won’t be resolved quickly despite end of strike action, barristers warn

https://inews.co.uk/news/backlog-of-nearly-60000-court-cases-wont-be-resolved-quickly-despite-end-of-strike-action-barristers-warn-1903597

Oceania

Australia - ‘Barbaric’ practices still used in Victorian prisons, human rights advocates say

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/11/barbaric-practices-still-an-issue-in-victorian-prisons-human-rights-advocates-say

 

News 8 – 10 October

Africa

Aregbesola wants 30% of Nigeria’s prison inmates released

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/558645-aregbesola-wants-30-of-nigerias-prison-inmates-released.html

Americas

British Virgin Islands - HMP neglected for years! Security very poor, prison review finds

https://bvinews.com/hmp-neglected-for-years-security-very-poor-prison-review-finds/

Cayman Islands - Problems persist for vulnerable prisoners

https://caymannewsservice.com/2022/10/problems-persist-for-vulnerable-prisoners/

US - ‘It just doesn’t let up’: Alabama state prisons rife with violence, inmates say

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/07/alabama-state-prisons-violence-strike-investigation

Asia

Bangladesh - Only four physicians for around 83,000 inmates

https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/2sw4r2cj3f

India - Mumbai: Only one psychiatrist for over 42,000 prisoners in state

https://www.mid-day.com/mumbai/mumbai-news/article/mumbai-only-one-psychiatrist-for-over-42000-prisoners-in-state-23249602

Indonesia mulls introduction of a ‘probationary’ death penalty

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/10/indonesia-considers-plans-for-a-probationary-death-penalty

Pakistan - Early resolution of overcrowding in jails urged

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/998118-early-resolution-of-overcrowding-in-jails-urged

Europe

England and Wales - Criminal barristers vote to end strike over pay

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-63198892

England and Wales - RAF prison plans a 'gross misallocation of taxpayers’ money'

https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/23033073.raf-prison-plans-gross-misallocation-taxpayers-money/

England and Wales - Prisoners at HMP Spring Hill near Aylesbury living in 'unfit for purpose' accommodation

https://www.buckinghamshirelive.com/news/buckinghamshire-news/prisoners-hmp-spring-hill-near-7666840

Türkiye plans removing ‘no jail’ rule for offenders

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkiye-plans-removing-no-jail-rule-for-offenders/news

Oceania

Australia - ‘Dying is normal in this jail’: teenager held in Port Phillip prison for four months

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/09/dying-is-normal-in-this-jail-teenager-held-in-port-phillip-prison-for-four-months

Australia - NSW Serco staff strike at largest prison

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7935349/nsw-serco-staff-strike-at-largest-prison/

New Zealand - Prison visitors ban 'unconscionable' - advocacy group

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/476421/prison-visitors-ban-unconscionable-advocacy-group

 

News 7 October

Africa

South Africa - Prison group fights to have cellphones in jails but authorities give reasons why they are considered contraband

https://www.iol.co.za/news/prison-group-fights-to-have-cellphones-in-jails-but-authorities-give-reasons-why-they-are-considered-contraband-8ca151f2-a6af-42d9-8bda-2f8fb131aae0

Americas

Ecuador: UN torture prevention body remains seriously concerned by prison crisis after second visit

https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/10/ecuador-un-torture-prevention-body-remains-seriously-concerned-prison-crisis

US - Biden pardons thousands with federal convictions of simple marijuana possession

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/06/biden-marijuana-pardon-possession-decriminalization

US - Survey: Crime Victims Want More Help, Less Punitive Justice 

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/10/06/survey-crime-victims-want-more-help-less-punitive-justice/

US - The Stunning Neglect and Racist Politics Behind Alabama’s Prison Strike

https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/the-stunning-neglect-and-racist-politics-behind-alabamas-prison-strike

US - Two inmates killed at California state prisons within 24 hours, officials say

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-06/two-inmates-killed-at-california-state-prisons-within-24-hours-officials-say

Asia

Philippines eyes release of 5,000 inmates by 2023

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/10/06/479149/philippines-eyes-release-of-5000-inmates-by-2023/

Singapore hangs 11th prisoner of year: NGO

https://www.laprensalatina.com/singapore-hangs-11th-prisoner-of-year-ngo/

Europe

England and Wales - Plan to further expand new prison under construction

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c84gwk9nln3o

England and Wales - Young defendants pressured to plead guilty in 20 minutes

https://www.thejusticegap.com/young-defendants-pressured-to-plead-guilty-in-20-minutes/

Oceania

Australia - ‘It’s getting results’: New rapid-build prison having impact on inmates’ behaviour

https://www.2gb.com/its-getting-results-new-rapid-build-prison-having-impact-on-inmates-behaviour/

New Zealand - Lawyers trying to prepare for trials locked out of Rimutaka prison due to staff shortages 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/130051990/lawyers-trying-to-prepare-for-trials-locked-out-of-rimutaka-prison-due-to-staff-shortages

 

News 6 October

Americas

Latest Ecuador prison riot leaves at least 11 injured

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/latest-ecuador-prison-riot-leaves-at-least-11-injured-100780526/

Asia

India - Are women prison inmates entitled to special provisions?

https://sabrangindia.in/article/are-women-prison-inmates-entitled-special-provisions

Malaysia - 7 bills tabled for abolition of mandatory death penalty

https://www.malaysianow.com/news/2022/10/06/7-bills-tabled-for-abolition-of-mandatory-death-penalty

Europe

CoE Report: Pandemic Worsened Backlog in Balkan Courts

https://balkaninsight.com/2022/10/05/coe-report-pandemic-worsened-backlog-in-balkan-courts/

Cyprus - Prison guards call off strike but reject government offer

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/10/05/prison-guards-call-off-strike-after-deal-reached/

England and Wales - Prison educators vote to strike across England over low pay

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/12550/Prison-educators-vote-to-strike-across-England-over-low-pay

England and Wales - Record levels of violent and sex crime cases in courts backlog for over a year

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2022/10/05/record-levels-of-violent-and-sex-crime-cases-in-courts-backlog-for-over-a-year/

 

News 5 October

Africa

4 deaths, 30 cases of medical negligence in Egypt prisons, rights group says

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221004-4-deaths-30-cases-of-medical-negligence-in-egypt-prisons-rights-group-says/

Americas

Argentina - Human development workshops in Buenos Aires prisons

https://www.pressenza.com/2022/10/human-development-workshops-in-buenos-aires-prisons/

New clashes break out in Ecuador prison after deadly riot

https://www.france24.com/en/americas/20221005-new-clashes-break-out-in-ecuador-prison-after-deadly-riot

El Salvador: Rising Prison Inmate Numbers Threaten Humanitarian Crisis- NGO

https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/el-salvador-rising-prison-inmate-numbers-threaten-humanitarian-crisis-ngo/

Europe

England and Wales - Swaleside prison in Sheppey 'buckling' from staffing crisis, warn inspectors

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/ministry-of-justice-blasted-for-staffing-crisis-274600/

Oceania

Government pledges full review of Western Australia's struggling juvenile justice system

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-05/wa-government-to-review-juvenile-justice-system/101500118

New Zealand - Staffing Shortages Compromising Prison Safety

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA2210/S00023/staffing-shortages-compromising-prison-safety.htm

 

News 4 October

Americas

Canada - B.C. expanding post-prison support services to all 10 correctional facilities

https://www.barrierestarjournal.com/news/b-c-expanding-post-prison-support-services-to-all-10-correctional-facilities/

At least 15 killed in latest Ecuadorean prison violence

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/least-15-killed-latest-ecuadorean-prison-violence-2022-10-04/

US - Why Keeping Kids Out of Jail Makes Us Safer

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/10/03/why-keeping-kids-out-of-jail-makes-us-safer/

US (Tennessee) - Prison reform advocate settles solitary confinement suit

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ap-nashville-corecivic-b2192438.html

US (Iowa) - Panel rejects $1-million payouts to inmates given vaccine overdoses

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-10-03/panel-rejects-1m-payouts-to-inmates-given-vaccine-overdoses

Europe

England and Wales - Campaigners fight plans for £300m HMP Gartree 'super jail' ahead of inquiry

https://www.itv.com/news/central/2022-10-03/campaigners-fight-against-300m-super-jail-plans-ahead-of-inquiry

England and Wales - Prisoners start as apprentices at big name employers

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prisoners-start-as-apprentices-at-big-name-employers

Letters point to an extreme abuse of prisoners rights in Turkish jails

https://medyanews.net/letters-point-to-an-extreme-abuse-of-prisoners-rights-in-turkish-jails/

Oceania

New Zealand - Human Rights Commission blasts Corrections over face-to-face visits

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/10/04/exclusive-human-rights-commission-blasts-corrections-over-face-to-face-visits/

 

News 1-3 October

Americas

US - What’s Prison For? Concise diagnosis of a huge American problem

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/30/whats-prison-for-review-bill-keller-marshall-project

US - They’re in federal prison, and they’re done staying quiet

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/10/01/federal-prisoners-speak-out-report/

US - Biden pledged to end solitary confinement. Federal prisons are increasing its use.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/biden-pledged-end-solitary-confinement-federal-prisons-are-increasing-rcna49980

US - What an Alabama Prisoners’ Strike Tells Us About Prison Labor

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/10/01/what-an-alabama-prisoners-strike-tells-us-about-prison-labor

US - How Hawaii brought its population of girls in prison to zero

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/hawaii-brought-population-girls-prison-zero-rcna41532

US - Calls from California prisons will be free under new law signed by Newsom

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Calls-from-California-prisons-will-be-free-under-17478700.php

US - ‘State of despair.’ Inmate suicides approach historic high in North Carolina prisons.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article266543526.html

Europe

Cyprus - Prison guards continue pay protests for 12th day

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/30/prison-guards-continue-pay-protests-for-12th-day/

England and Wales - Prison education: Ministers to tackle ‘disastrously overlooked’ issue of prisoners with SEND

https://feweek.co.uk/prison-education-ministers-to-tackle-disastrously-overlooked-issue-of-prisoners-with-send/

England and Wales - Violence at Peterborough prison down year-on-year but self-harm rising among women, annual report reveals

https://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/violence-at-peterborough-prison-down-year-on-year-but-self-harm-rising-among-women-annual-report-reveals-3864118

Ireland - ‘Health-led’ approach for drug-users in prison system

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/2022/september/health-led-approach-for-drug-users-in-prison-system

Northern Ireland - Justice Minister launches consultation on minimum age of criminal responsibility

https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2022-10-03/long-launches-consultation-on-minimum-age-of-criminal-responsibility

Oceania

Australia - The time to end mass imprisonment in Victoria is now

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-time-to-end-mass-imprisonment-in-victoria-is-now-20221002-p5bmiz.html

 

News 30 September

Africa

Gambia: Hon. Ceesay - Gambia´s Prison Cells Do Not Meet Human Rights Standard

https://allafrica.com/stories/202209290441.html

Libya's Mufti denounces dire conditions in prisons across country

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/libyas-mufti-denounces-dire-conditions-prisons-across-country

Americas

At least 12 Haiti prisoners dead for lack of food, medicine, official says

https://www.reuters.com/world/least-12-haiti-prisoners-dead-lack-food-medicine-official-says-2022-09-29/

US – Opinion: Thousands were released from prison during covid. The results are shocking.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/29/prison-release-covid-pandemic-incarceration/

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel

https://minnesotareformer.com/2022/09/30/federal-prisons-riddled-with-mismanagement-probed-by-u-s-senate-panel/

US - Alabama prisons reduce meals, nix visits amid inmate strike

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/alabama-ap-montgomery-department-of-justice-kay-ivey-b2179060.html

US - Gov. Newsom vetoes bill to end indefinite solitary confinement in California, citing safety concerns

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-29/gavin-newsom-vetoes-bill-to-limit-indefinite-solitary-confinement-in-california

US - New Images Reveal Shocking Conditions in New York’s Rikers Island Jail

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/9/29/headlines/new_images_reveal_shocking_conditions_in_new_yorks_rikers_island_jail

Europe

England and Wales - Prison inspectors concerned over 'high levels' of self harm in HMP Nottingham

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/prison-inspectors-concerned-over-high-7646075

Netherlands - Cabinet wants to up the use of ankle bracelets and community service

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2022/09/cabinet-wants-to-up-the-use-of-ankle-bracelets-and-community-service/

Northern Ireland - ‘Let’s keep option of remote courts after pandemic’, say lawyers

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/best-law-firms/lets-keep-option-of-remote-courts-after-pandemic-say-lawyers-42024048.html

Scotland - New Glasgow prison for women with 'no bars or fences' due to open next month

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/new-glasgow-prison-women-no-25140608

Turkey - Inmates in Çorum’s minimum security prison not allowed to take university courses despite regulations

https://stockholmcf.org/inmates-in-corums-minimum-security-prison-not-allowed-to-take-university-courses-despite-regulations/

Oceania

Australia - NSW Serco prison officers walk off the job

https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/7924215/nsw-serco-prison-officers-walk-off-the-job/

Australia - Inside a women’s prison: ‘I’ve seen things no human should ever have to see’

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/inside-a-women-s-prison-i-ve-seen-things-no-human-should-ever-have-to-see-20220927-p5blej.html

 

News 29 September

Americas

'I have to keep fighting': Mexicans wait for years behind bars for a trial

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/i-have-keep-fighting-mexicans-wait-years-behind-bars-trial-2022-09-28/

US - Inmate strike spreads to all major Alabama prisons

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/09/29/qsmx-s29.html

Asia

Philippines - BuCor’s 37,000 PDLs get Covid booster shots

https://mb.com.ph/2022/09/29/bucors-37000-pdls-get-covid-booster-shots/

Europe

Leeds prison still has ongoing issues of self-harm and overcrowding despite improvements, inspection finds

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/leeds-prison-still-has-ongoing-issues-of-self-harm-and-overcrowding-despite-improvements-inspection-finds-3860414

Scotland prisons: Statistics reveal suicide death rate

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/22788767.scotland-prisons-statistics-reveal-suicide-death-rate/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prisoner numbers are down: let’s not go back to a ‘lock ’em up’ mindset

https://thespinoff.co.nz/opinion/29-09-2022/prisoner-numbers-are-down-lets-not-go-back-to-a-lock-em-up-mindset

 

News 28 September

Americas

Brazil's prisons generate income, say pastoral workers

https://www.ucanews.com/news/brazils-prisons-generate-income-say-pastoral-workers/98911

Nearly 20 prisoners escape from a prison in southern Peru

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/nearly-20-prisoners-escape-from-a-prison-in-southern-peru/ar-AA12k9fq?ocid=EMMX

US - ‘Slavery by any name is wrong’: the push to end unpaid labor in prisons

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/27/slavery-loophole-unpaid-labor-in-prisons

US - I spent years in solitary confinement. End this horrific mistreatment of people in prison.

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2022/09/27/solitary-confinement-isolating-me-prison-didnt-make-anyone-safer/10101016002/

US - California Private Prison Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/california-private-prison-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-in-federal-court/

US (California) - Prisoners Forced to Work for Showers Are Now Being Punished for Taking Them

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/water-restrictions-drought-california-prisons/

US - Alabama prisoners refusing to work in 2nd day of protest

https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Alabama-prisoners-refusing-to-work-in-2nd-day-of-17471298.php

Asia

Lebanon: Drama therapist helps inmates with mental illnesses while pushing for reform

https://www.middleeasteye.net/discover/lebanon-drama-therapist-plight-forgotten-prisoners-mental-illness

UAE: Police launch social club for prison inmates with library, classrooms, computers

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/uae-police-launch-social-club-for-prison-inmates-with-library-classrooms-computers

Europe

England and Wales - Government change legislation to allow prisoners to take up apprenticeships following Committee recommendation

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/203/education-committee/news/173286/government-change-legislation-to-allow-prisoners-to-take-up-apprenticeships-following-committee-recommendation/

England and Wales - Call to re-sentence 3,000 prisoners trapped under indefinite jail terms

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/sep/28/call-to-resentence-3000-prisoners-trapped-under-indefinite-jail-terms

Oceania

Australia - Drug traffickers to face possibility of life in prison after loophole in SA drug laws closed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-28/drug-traffickers-face-harsher-penalties-under-new-legislation/101482474

 

News 27 September

Americas

More than a hundred inmates escape from a Haitian prison

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/more-than-a-hundred-inmates-escape-from-a-haitian-prison/ar-AA12hA8L

US - Prison Staff Shortages Take Toll on Guards, Incarcerated People

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2022/09/26/prison-staff-shortages-take-toll-on-guards-incarcerated-people

US - Report: Black Americans more likely to be wrongfully convicted

https://www.axios.com/2022/09/27/black-americans-wrongly-convicted-jail-prison

Dementia in Prison Is Turning into an Epidemic: The U.S. Penal System Is Badly Unprepared

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dementia-in-prison-is-turning-into-an-epidemic-the-u-s-penal-system-is-badly-unprepared/

US - Alabama prison system reports work stoppage after group calls for inmate strike

https://www.al.com/news/2022/09/alabama-prison-system-reports-work-stoppage-after-group-calls-for-inmate-strike.html

US - Judge approves ‘untenable’ plan to house child inmates in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison death row wing

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/angola-prison-child-inmates-judge-louisiana-b2175737.html

US - ‘Mandela’ bill would limit solitary confinement in California prisons and jails

https://www.thereporter.com/2022/09/26/mandela-bill-would-limit-solitary-confinement-in-california-prisons-and-jails/

Asia

India - Meet The Psychiatrist Who Works Inside South Asia’s Largest Prison Complex

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjkwbx/psychiatrist-mental-health-expert-at-tihar-jail-delhi-india-crime

Europe

England and Wales - Foston Hall: Report finds women's prison most violent in England

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-63038697

Latvia: Project seeks to help imprisoned women lead a better life

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2022-09/latvia-riga-women-prison-improve-life-bonifatiuswerk.html

Increasing number of inmates filing complaints of right violations in Turkish prisons, says TIHEK report

https://stockholmcf.org/increasing-number-of-inmates-filing-complaints-of-right-violations-in-turkish-prisons-says-tihek-report/

 

News 24 – 26 September

Africa

Nigeria - Prison Congestion: Metuh’s Foundation rallies NASS, NBA, others to stem awaiting trial debacle

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/09/prison-congestion-metuhs-foundation-rallies-nass-nba-others-to-stem-awaiting-trial-debacle/

Asia

India - E-Mulakat to ease meeting with prisoners

https://punemirror.com/pune/cover-story/E-Mulakat-to-ease-meeting-with-prisoners/cid8604986.htm

India - Justice delayed: Over 1 lakh cases in lower courts more than 30 years old

https://www.indiatoday.in/law/story/justice-delayed-cases-lower-courts-more-than-30-years-old-2004422-2022-09-25

Guilty until innocent: It’s time India got bail reforms

https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/guilty-innocent-time-india-got-bail-reforms

Pakistan - Efforts underway to transform prisons into rehabilitation centers

https://pakobserver.net/efforts-underway-to-transform-prisons-into-rehabilitation-centers/

Dozens of Vietnamese lawyers sign petition to abolish prisoners’ foot shackles

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/foot-shackles-09262022011913.html

Europe

Cyprus - Prolonged prison guards strike causing security concerns at central prison

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/news/local/central-prisons-close-to-the-edge-170-prison-guards-on-strike/

England and Wales - Why prisoners are spending more time in their cells

https://www.economist.com/britain/2022/09/22/why-prisoners-are-spending-more-time-in-their-cells

England and Wales - Urgent call for review into sentencing pregnant women due to health risks

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/sep/24/urgent-call-for-review-into-sentencing-pregnant-women-due-to-health-risks

Ireland – Four life sentence prisoners have been in jail for over 40 years

https://www.newstalk.com/news/four-life-sentence-prisoners-have-been-in-jail-for-over-40-years-1386214

Scotland - Trial scheme launched to increase victim confidence in justice system

https://www.thenational.scot/news/22572846.trial-scheme-launched-increase-victim-confidence-justice-system/

Oceania

Australia - ‘Institutionalised’ inmate helped spark Parklea prison riot

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/breaking-news/institutionalised-inmate-helped-spark-prison-riot/news-story/4f283ef5dcf82b043ddbefb59dd97992

 

News 23 September

Americas

Barbados - Prison on mission to boost food security

https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/09/22/prison-on-mission-to-boost-food-security/

UN Torture Prevention Body to visit Ecuador amid prison crisis

https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2022/09/un-torture-prevention-body-visit-ecuador-amid-prison-crisis

US - How Prison Visit Restrictions Force Parents to Make Tough Decisions

https://theappeal.org/how-prison-visit-restrictions-force-parents-to-make-tough-decisions/

Asia

India - Over 600 Vacancies In Delhi Prisons, Delhi High Court Told

https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/delhi-prisons-600-vacancies-high-court-told-210035

Taiwan - Cabinet approves bill to amend minimum security prison rules

https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202209220027

Europe

Italy - 25 guards probed for beating prisoners at Ivrea

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/09/22/25-guards-probed-for-beating-prisoners-at-ivrea_88321796-86a9-45ab-968c-0556c909a48f.html

How Norwegian prisons prepare inmates to become better neighbors

https://medium.com/wagovernor/how-norwegian-prisons-prepare-inmates-to-become-better-neighbors-534409a90f33

Scotland's Sheriff Courts: Serious criminal trials backlog until 2026

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/22564572.scotlands-sheriff-courts-serious-criminal-trials-backlog-2026/

 

News 22 September

Africa

South Africa - Popcru wants more invested in police and correctional officers

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/popcru-wants-more-invested-in-police-and-correctional-officers/

Americas

US - Jail and prison will never be places a person with mental illness finds healing

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-21/jail-and-prison-will-never-be-places-a-person-with-mental-illness-finds-healing-how-to-save-a-life

US (Tennessee) Private prison contractor CoreCivic hit with two new lawsuits over inmate deaths

https://tennesseelookout.com/2022/09/21/private-prison-contractor-corecivic-hit-with-two-new-lawsuits-over-inmate-deaths/

US - New York Prisons Are Blatantly Violating State Law Limiting Solitary Confinement

https://truthout.org/articles/new-york-prisons-are-blatantly-violating-state-law-limiting-solitary-confinement/

Asia

India - Over 19% prisoners on interim bail or emergency parole yet to return to Delhi jails: RTI

https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/over-19-prisoners-on-interim-bail-or-emergency-parole-yet-to-return-to-delhi-jails-rti/

Malaysia - RM270mil saved through out of prison rehab programmes, says deputy minister

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/09/22/rm270mil-saved-through-out-of-prison-rehab-programmes-says-deputy-minister

Oceania

Australia - Disability royal commission examines poor treatment and 'disgusting' conditions in criminal justice system

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-22/disability-royal-commission-probes-prison-justice-police-system/101461222

New Zealand - Despite Govt concern, Māori are a growing majority of those sent to prison

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/maori-are-growing-majority-of-those-sent-to-prison

 

News 21 September

Africa

Gambia - Over 200 inmates, prison officers vaccinated against covid-19

https://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/headlines/over-200-inmates-prison-officers-vaccinated-against-covid-19

Why has Kenya not abolished the death penalty? Habit and inertia

https://theconversation.com/why-has-kenya-not-abolished-the-death-penalty-habit-and-inertia-189955

Americas

US - Hundreds of prison and jail deaths go uncounted by the federal government, report finds

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/hundreds-prison-jail-deaths-go-uncounted-federal-government-report-fin-rcna47954

US - Voters in 5 states to decide in November whether to abolish forced prison labor

https://news.yahoo.com/voters-in-5-states-to-decide-in-november-whether-to-abolish-forced-prison-labor-210310380.html

Asia

Overcrowded Indian jails a blot on society

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/overcrowded-indian-jails-a-blot-on-society-1503113495.html

Europe

Cyprus - Prison guards to continue strike, new protest on Wednesday

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/20/prison-guards-to-continue-strike-new-protest-on-wednesday/

England and Wales - Youth custody system ‘dysfunctional’ and failing girls, report finds

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/ofsted-girls-wales-care-quality-commission-england-b1026992.html

Ireland - Why we need proper scrutiny of what happens behind prison walls 

https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40965704.html

Norway - High mortality rates after release from prison

https://partner.sciencenorway.no/addiction-mortality-prisoners/high-mortality-rates-after-release-from-prison/2077977

‘We thieves and killers are now fighting Russia’s war’: how Moscow recruits from its prisons

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/20/russia-recruits-inmates-ukraine-war-wagner-prigozhin

Scotland - Prison population health needs: synthesis report

https://www.gov.scot/publications/understanding-health-needs-scotlands-prison-population-synthesis-report/

Oceania

Australia - What kind of country are we to treat children in prison with such cruelty and brutality?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/21/what-kind-of-country-are-we-to-treat-children-in-prison-with-such-cruelty-and-brutality

New Zealand - Frustration grows as lawyers, whānau denied face-to-face prisoner visits

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/21/frustration-grows-as-lawyers-whanau-denied-face-to-face-prisoner-visits/

 

News 17 – 20 September

Africa

Report: 32 detainees died in Egypt's prisons this year

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220916-report-32-detainees-died-in-egypts-prisons-this-year/

Equatorial Guinea abolishes death penalty, state television reports

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/equatorial-guinea-abolishes-death-penalty-state-television-reports

Americas

Haitian Prisoners Face Starvation and Death

https://insightcrime.org/news/haitian-prisoners-face-starvation-death/

US - School of Law members raise concerns as dementia rates in prison climb

https://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2022/09/school-of-law-members-raise-concerns-as-dementia-rates-in-prison-climb

US - Massachusetts Scraps Fees for Probation and Parole

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/09/16/massachusetts-scraps-fees-for-probation-and-parole/

Asia

Human right organization warns against ‘inhumane conditions’ facing inmates at Bahrain’s Jau Prison

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/09/19/689498/Human-right-organization-warns-against-%E2%80%98inhumane-conditions%E2%80%99-facing-inmates-in-Bahrain%E2%80%99s-Jau-Prison

Malaysia - Prison reform needs immediate action

https://aliran.com/civil-society-voices/prison-reform-needs-immediate-action

Europe

Cyprus - Prison guards demonstrate over pay

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/09/19/prison-guards-demonstrate-over-pay/

Oceania

Forum aims to find solutions for challenges facing Pacific prisons

https://www.fijitimes.com/forum-aims-to-find-solutions-for-challenges-facing-pacific-prisons/

Australia - Mother-baby unit at Tasmania's Risdon prison has been underutilised, a report has found

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-19/mother-baby-unit-in-prison-underutilised/101447646

New Zealand - Flagship Corrections strategy dents prison numbers but other changes slow-going

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/129893476/flagship-corrections-strategy-dents-prison-numbers-but-other-changes-slowgoing

 

News 15-16 September

Americas

Mexico has released nearly 2,700 prisoners early as overall jail population grows

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-has-released-nearly-2700-prisoners-early-overall-jail-population-grows-2022-09-15/

US - Prisoner Advocates Turn to the UN to End Extreme Prison Sentences

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/extreme-prison-sentences-united-nations/

Asia

India - Societal Rehabilitation Vital

https://www.thedispatch.in/societal-rehabilitation-vital/

India - Punjab: Inmates with good conduct can now meet family for an hour in jail complex

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ludhiana/punjab-inmates-good-conduct-family-jail-complex-8154113/

Malaysia - Prison Reform Needs Immediate Attention — KLSCAH

https://codeblue.galencentre.org/2022/09/15/prison-reform-needs-immediate-attention-klscah/

Europe

England and Wales - Delays leave man facing four years in Leicester jail without trial

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/15/delays-leave-man-facing-four-years-in-leicester-jail-without-trial

Ireland - Former inspector of prisons warns complaints system is 'not fit for purpose'

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40962266.html

Oceania

Australia - NT a world leader in prison rates: report

https://www.southcoastregister.com.au/story/7905528/nt-a-world-leader-in-prison-rates-report/

Australia - Fears for safety of incarcerated children after fire in Perth maximum security prison

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/16/fears-for-safety-of-incarcerated-children-after-fire-in-perth-maximum-security-prison

New Zealand - Legal action filed to stop Corrections moving women from Arohata Prison

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/wellington-top-stories/129912088/legal-action-filed-to-stop-corrections-moving-women-from-arohata-prison

 

News 14 September

Africa

Cabo Verde: Electronic ankle bracelets introduced as alternative to prison

https://www.macaubusiness.com/cabo-verde-electronic-ankle-bracelets-introduced-as-alternative-to-prison/

Egypt: 3 prisoners die over 48 hours in prison

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220914-egypt-3-prisoners-die-over-48-hours-in-prison/

Americas

US - REPORT: Number of Black Americans serving long prison sentences far exceeds other groups

https://amsterdamnews.com/news/2022/09/13/report-number-of-black-americans-serving-long-prison-sentences-far-exceeds-other-groups/

US - Administrative Barriers to Decarceration

https://www.theregreview.org/2022/09/14/rauenzahn-administrative-barriers-to-decarceration/

US - Monkeypox In Prisons: Urgent Action Needed To Avoid A Public Health Crisis

https://www.healthaffairs.org/content/forefront/monkeypox-prisons-urgent-action-needed-avoid-public-health-crisis

Oceania

New Zealand - Thousands of prisoners denied visits due to Corrections' Covid policy

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/14/thousands-of-prisoners-denied-visits-due-to-corrections-covid-policy/

 

News 13 September

Africa

Nigeria - Prison decongestion: Aregbesola seeks special funding for completion of 9,000 capacity custodial facilities

https://guardian.ng/news/prison-decongestionaregbesola-seeks-special-funding-for-completion-of-9000-capacity-custodial-facilities/

Americas

US - To Reduce Labor Shortages, Chicago Tries to Ease the Path From Prison Into Jobs

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-12/chicago-looks-to-boost-hiring-for-people-released-from-prison

US - In Texas youth prisons, children trapped in their cells use water bottles and lunch trays for toilets

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/12/texas-juvenile-prisons-crisis/

Asia

India - SC: Lodging juveniles in adult prisons amounts to deprivation of their personal liberty

https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sc-lodging-juveniles-in-adult-prisons-their-personal-liberty-1503110637.html

Malaysia - Alternative sentences to death penalty finalised, to be presented to Cabinet, says Wan Junaidi

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/09/13/alternative-sentences-to-death-penalty-finalised-to-be-presented-to-cabinet-says-wan-junaidi

Philippines - Bureau of Corrections frees over 300 prisoners

https://www.rappler.com/nation/bureau-corrections-frees-prisoners-september-13-2022/

Europe

Greece - Young offenders can pick community service over jail time

https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1193143/young-offenders-can-pick-community-service-over-jail-time/

Isle of Man - Youth justice system 'disjointed' and not helping reoffending rates

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/youth-justice-system-disjointed-and-not-helping-reoffending-rates/

Turkey - Women prisoners in Diyarbakır Women's Closed jail go on hunger strike against rights violations

https://anfenglish.com/human-rights/women-prisoners-in-diyarbakir-women-s-closed-jail-go-on-hunger-strike-against-rights-violations-62444

Oceania

Australia - Vic prison population more than doubles

https://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/7900072/vic-prison-population-more-than-doubles/

Australia - Aboriginal man dies in custody, the second in Victoria in just over a month

https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/aboriginal-man-dies-in-custody-the-second-in-victoria-in-just-over-a-month-20220913-p5bhrq.html

 

News 10 – 12 September

Americas

Bermuda - Government ignoring prison officers, says OBA

https://www.royalgazette.com/politics/news/article/20220910/government-ignoring-prison-officers-says-oba/

US - Bureau Of Prisons’ Interpretation Of First Step Act Will Leave Thousands Of Inmates Incarcerated

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/09/09/bureau-of-prisons-interpretation-of-first-step-act-will-leave-thousands-of-inmates-incarcerated/?sh=4bde86cf2f94

Asia

India - ‘Judicial reforms needed to decongest prisons’: Activists on latest NCRB data

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/sep/12/judicial-reforms-needed-to-decongest-prisons-activists-on-latest-ncrb-data-2497326.html

Malaysia - How the prison department helps inmates return to the outside world

https://www.malaysianow.com/news/2022/09/10/how-the-prison-department-helps-inmates-return-to-the-outside-world

Philippines - Elderly, frail PDLs to be prioritized for clemency grant

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1183462

Europe

England and Wales - The tower is crumbling and is a 'danger to staff' and prisoners say they felt safer during Covid: Inside Strangeways this year

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/tower-crumbling-danger-staff-prisoners-24962545

Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee holds High Level Talks in Greece on prison reform

https://www.coe.int/en/web/human-rights-rule-of-law/-/council-of-europe-anti-torture-committee-holds-high-level-talks-in-greece-on-prison-reform

Oceania

Australia - Seeking mental health and substance use support isn’t keeping people from going back to jail

https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/australias-mental-health-and-drug-services-arent-helping-ex-prisoners/

 

News 9 September

Americas

US - Lengthy Prison Terms Not ‘Significant Deterrent’ to Crime: Report

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/09/08/lengthy-prison-terms-not-significant-deterrent-to-crime-report/

US (California) - ‘Barbaric’ L.A. County jail conditions alleged as ACLU seeks federal intervention

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-08/barbaric-l-a-county-jail-conditions-alleged-as-aclu-seeks-federal-intervention

US - Data shows New York is violating a new law banning solitary confinement

https://gothamist.com/news/data-shows-new-york-is-violating-a-new-law-banning-solitary-confinement

Europe

England and Wales - Defendants accused of violent crimes released from prison due to barristers’ strike delays

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/barristers-strike-trials-released-jail-b2162565.html

England and Wales - Publication of Government response to Covid-19 and the Criminal Law report and updated response on Legal Aid

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/102/justice-committee/news/172995/publication-of-government-response-to-covid19-and-the-criminal-law-report-and-updated-response-on-legal-aid/

 

News 8 September

Americas

US - Fighting an Unjust System, Bail Project Gets People Out of Jail, Reunites Families

https://www.washingtoninformer.com/fighting-an-unjust-system-bail-project-gets-people-out-of-jail-reunites-families/

US - Families demand a plan to stop COVID spread in prisons

https://www.ctpublic.org/news/2022-09-07/families-demand-a-plan-to-stop-covid-spread-in-prisons

US - Michigan prison set to close amid declining prisoner population; lawmaker objects

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/09/07/mdoc-michigan-prison-close-amid-declining-prisoner-population/8013619001/

US - Florida's prison inmate population will likely increase, and there's already a staffing shortage

https://www.cltampa.com/news/floridas-prison-inmate-population-will-likely-increase-and-theres-already-a-staffing-shortage-14129041

Asia

Philippines - DoJ told to address jail congestion 

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/09/07/473155/doj-told-to-address-jail-congestion/

Philippines - Almost 95% of BuCor’s PDLs vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2022/09/08/almost-95-of-bucors-pdls-vaccinated/

Europe

England and Wales - English prisons face strike ballot in low pay dispute

https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/12497/English-prisons-face-strike-ballot-in-low-pay-dispute

Malta - Treatment of detained people is back under scrutiny

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/treatment-detained-people-back-scrutiny.979391

Oceania

Australia - Inadequate post-release support drives up reincarceration rates: study

https://news.curtin.edu.au/media-releases/inadequate-post-release-support-drives-up-reincarceration-rates-study/

Australia - No education for detainees for more than a year at Canberra's jail

https://the-riotact.com/no-education-for-detainees-for-more-than-a-year-at-canberras-jail/589910

 

News 7 September

Americas

Opinion: Solitary confinement is torture. U.S. prisons should stop using it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/06/solitary-confinement-torture-prison/

Formerly Incarcerated People and Advocacy Organizations Urge Reform of US Bureau of Prisons

https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/formerly-incarcerated-people-and-advocacy-organizations-urge-reform-of-us-bureau-of-prisons/

US - Colorado prison and jail populations reaching pre-COVID levels or higher

https://coloradonewsline.com/2022/09/06/colorado-prison-and-jail-populations-reaching-pre-covid-levels-or-higher/

Asia

77 percent of India’s prisoners are undertrials: NCRB

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/77-percent-of-indias-prisoners-are-undertrials-ncrb-9142041.html

Human rights groups condemn torture in Lebanese prisons

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/human-rights-groups-condemn-torture-lebanese-prisons-89407803

Malaysia - Design therapeutic prisons to improve wellbeing of staff, inmates

https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2022/09/829100/design-therapeutic-prisons-improve-wellbeing-staff-inmates

Nepal - National Assembly endorses Prison Bill, two other proposals

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/131317/

Europe

England and Wales - Staffing crisis at prison near Rugby is 'one of the worst' ever seen, say inspectors

https://www.rugbyobserver.co.uk/news/staffing-crisis-at-prison-near-rugby-is-one-of-the-worst-ever-seen-say-inspectors/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prison turns life upside down – giving low-risk prisoners longer to prepare for their sentences would benefit everyone

https://theconversation.com/prison-turns-life-upside-down-giving-low-risk-prisoners-longer-to-prepare-for-their-sentences-would-benefit-everyone-189382

 

News 6 September

Americas

Bermuda - Prison officers under pressure, Labour Day attendees told

https://www.royalgazette.com/labour/news/article/20220905/prison-officers-under-pressure-labour-day-attendees-told/

Jamaica - Gov't identifies land to build new, modern prison - Holness

https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/govt-identifies-land-build-new-modern-prison-holness

Asia

India - Supreme Court Issues Notice In Plea Seeking Reforms In Mental Healthcare Facilities In Prisons Across The Country

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-prisons-mental-healthcare-facilities-mental-health-act-208520

Malaysia - Prison, not the end of the line for inmates

https://www.malaysianow.com/news/2022/09/06/prison-not-the-end-of-the-line-for-inmates

Europe

England and Wales - Hundreds have spent 15 years in jail under abolished indefinite sentences

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/ipp-prisoners-15-years-jail-indefinite-sentences/

England and Wales - HMP Berwyn competently run but improvement needed and “plagued” by staff shortages inspectors say

https://www.deeside.com/hmp-berwyn-competently-run-but-improvement-needed-and-plagued-by-staff-shortages-inspectors-say/

Quarter of Scots prison population still awaiting trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-62799706

Oceania

Australia - NSW deploys facial recognition system into prisons

https://www.innovationaus.com/nsw-deploys-facial-recognition-system-into-prisons/

 

News 3 – 5 September

Americas

Antigua - UWI to offer more scholarships to HMP residents

https://antiguaobserver.com/uwi-to-offer-more-scholarships-to-hmp-residents/

Mexico debates its no-bail policy for nonviolent suspects

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/mexico-ap-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-supreme-court-mexico-city-b2159667.html

Asia

India - States should modernise jails, prison reforms law coming: Amit Shah

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/states-modernise-jails-prison-reforms-law-coming-amit-shah-8131166/

Israel's AG Pushes to Build Thousands of Prison Cells Despite Top Court, Ministries' Opposition

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-09-04/ty-article/.premium/israels-ag-pushes-to-build-thousands-of-prison-cells-despite-top-courts-opposition/00000183-0867-de92-a7d7-5b7f79940000

Jordan: Rise in juvenile suicide cases necessitates scrutiny of juvenile justice system

https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/5314/Jordan:-Rise-in-juvenile-suicide-cases-necessitates-scrutiny-of-juvenile-justice-system

Kyrgyzstan - Many prisons still have cruel and degrading conditions of detention – NCPT

https://akipress.com/news:677915:Many_prisons_still_have_cruel_and_degrading_conditions_of_detention_-_NCPT/

Europe

England and Wales - Hundreds of people being held on remand for years before standing trial

https://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-of-people-being-held-on-remand-for-years-before-standing-trial-12689857

Estonia - Ministry of Justice plans to merge prison medicine with general healthcare

https://news.err.ee/1608703528/ministry-of-justice-plans-to-merge-prison-medicine-with-general-healthcare

Ireland - Prison officers take over 17,000 sick days in two years due to mental health issues as stress takes toll

https://www.thesun.ie/news/9352500/prison-officers-17000-sick-days-two-years-mental-health/

Italy - New record 59 jail suicides this year

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/09/02/new-record-59-jail-suicides-this-year_5998bc09-342e-40bd-a27c-fc40fde5534d.html

Portugal - President approves law on the installation of landline telephones in prison cells

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-09-02/president-approves-law-on-the-installation-of-landline-telephones-in-prison-cells/69983

Oceania

Australia - Victorian Liberal MP urges UN to investigate youth justice facilities over ‘serious breaches’ of human rights

 https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/05/victorian-liberal-mp-urges-un-to-investigate-youth-justice-facilities-breaches-human-rights

 

News 2 September

Americas

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Skills for Youth Employment Program has been launched in SVG prisons

https://www.stvincenttimes.com/skills-for-youth-employment-program-has-been-launched-in-svg-prisons/

US - Prison air conditioning is coming too slowly for those who need it most

https://grist.org/equity/prison-air-conditioning-american-rescue-plan/

US - When Release Conditions End in Unjust Confinement

https://www.aclu.org/news/smart-justice/when-release-conditions-end-in-unjust-confinement

Asia

Palestinian prisoners halt mass hunger strike after Israel ‘ends punitive measures’

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-israel-detainees-mass-hunger-strike-jails

Europe

Greek prisons overcrowded, undignified: CoE report

https://www.macaubusiness.com/greek-prisons-overcrowded-undignified-coe-report/

Oceania

New Zealand - Mothers and children face separation as Arohata Prison inmates moved out

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129747363/mothers-and-children-face-separation-as-arohata-prison-inmates-moved-out

 

News 1 September

Americas

US - 11,000 Federal Inmates Were Sent Home During the Pandemic. Only 17 Were Arrested for New Crimes.

https://reason.com/2022/08/31/11000-federal-inmates-were-sent-home-during-the-pandemic-only-17-were-arrested-for-new-crimes/

US - Ohio's expedited pardons provide a quicker path to a fresh start

https://www.ideastream.org/news/ohios-expedited-pardons-provide-a-quicker-path-to-a-fresh-start

Asia

Indonesia’s zero tolerance drug laws leave hundreds on death row

https://www.thejakartapost.com/opinion/2022/08/31/indonesias-zero-tolerance-drug-laws-leave-hundreds-on-death-row.html

Palestinian prisoners held by Israel set to go on mass hunger strike

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-62730160

Philippines - About 10,000 PDLs at New Bilibid get booster shots against Covid-19

 https://mb.com.ph/2022/09/01/about-10000-pdls-at-new-bilibidget-booster-shots-against-covid-19/

More than 2,400 people to be pardoned on Vietnam’s National Day

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/more-than-2400-people-to-be-pardoned-09012022012756.html

Europe

Ireland - Justice Minister Helen McEntee wants to see fewer petty criminals sent to jail

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/justice-minister-helen-mcentee-wants-to-see-fewer-petty-criminals-sent-to-jail-41950758.html

Oceania

New Zealand - Gang members increasing number of attacks on prison guards

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/09/01/gang-members-increasing-number-of-attacks-on-prison-guards/

 

News 31 August

Americas

US - California could soon restrict the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails

https://lookout.co/santacruz/civic-life/government/story/2022-08-30/california-could-soon-restrict-the-use-of-solitary-confinement-in-prisons-and-jails

Europe

England and Wales - Reducing reoffending ultimate aim of Thames Valley pilot prison scheme

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2022-08-31/reducing-reoffending-ultimate-aim-of-thames-valley-pilot-prison-scheme

Ireland - Murderers could face a minimum 25 years in prison as judges get new powers under sweeping reforms

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/murderers-could-face-a-minimum-25-years-in-prison-as-judges-get-new-powers-under-sweeping-reforms-41948844.html

 

News 24 – 30 August

Africa

Kenya - Thika inmates trained in making paper products for income

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/star-farmer/2022-08-29-thika-inmates-trained-in-making-paper-products-for-income/

Americas

Canada - Public safety minister adds new rules on prison ‘dry cells’ for suspected contraband

https://www.thestar.com/politics/2022/08/29/public-safety-minister-adds-new-rules-on-prison-dry-cells-for-suspected-contraband.html

US - Impact of COVID-19 on State and Federal Prisons, March 2020–February 2021

https://bjs.ojp.gov/library/publications/impact-covid-19-state-and-federal-prisons-march-2020-february-2021

US - At $249 per day, prison stays leave ex-inmates deep in debt

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-hartford-laws-new-hampshire-illinois-b2154017.html

US - Mental health staffing shortage exacerbates stress among Alabama inmates, experts say

https://eu.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2022/08/25/alabama-prisons-mental-health-care-staffing-shows-some-progress/10356030002/

US - Locking up People with Mental Health Conditions Doesn’t Make Anyone Safer

https://www.vera.org/news/locking-up-people-with-mental-health-conditions-doesnt-make-anyone-safer

The Bosses Who Run Venezuela's Most Lawless Prisons

https://insightcrime.org/news/venezuelas-most-lawless-prisons-prison-gangs/

Asia

Cambodia will study suggestions by UN rights envoy that prisoners be granted more time in the yard and with family

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501140927/cambodia-will-study-suggestions-by-un-rights-envoy-that-prisoners-be-granted-more-time-in-the-yard-and-with-family/

India - Monitoring prisoners difficult due to overcrowding: Tihar Jail officials

https://www.siasat.com/monitoring-prisoners-difficult-due-to-overcrowding-tihar-jail-officials-2399772/

A Separate Bail Law Can Help Decongest India's Jails: Experts

https://www.indiaspend.com/police-judicial-reforms/a-separate-bail-law-can-help-decongest-indias-jails-experts-832178

Pakistan - Islamabad Will Soon Get Its First Modern Prison

https://www.incpak.com/national/islamabad-will-soon-get-its-first-modern-prison/

Philippines inmates protest against prison food and warden by climbing on roof

https://www.impartialreporter.com/news/national/20772950.philippines-inmates-protest-prison-food-warden-climbing-roof/

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners at Norfolk jail 'break rules without challenge', report reveals

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/wayland-prison-inspection-warning-staff-shortage-risks-9229258

Go-karting event for prisoners was a mistake, French governor admits

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/go-karting-french-prisoners-fresnes-b2152026.html

Oceania

Australia - Victoria paying more than $1m a day to keep unsentenced prisoners in jail

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/29/victoria-paying-more-than-1m-a-day-to-keep-unsentenced-prisoners-in-jail

 

News 23 August

Africa

Cabo Verde: State wants alternatives to jail to promote prisoner reintegration

https://www.macaubusiness.com/cabo-verde-state-wants-alternatives-to-jail-to-promote-prisoner-reintegration/

Americas

Ecuador taking prisoner census after more than 400 prison murders since 2020

https://www.laprensalatina.com/ecuador-taking-prisoner-census-after-more-than-400-prison-murders-since-2020/

El Salvador’s President Bukele arrests 1 percent of population in four-month “state of exception”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/08/22/erya-a22.html

US - There Continues to Be Lack of Info About COVID-19 in Jail

https://www.governing.com/now/there-continues-to-be-lack-of-info-about-covid-19-in-jail

US - COVID tests at California prison’s linked to ‘potential breach’ of visitors personal data

https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article264772074.html

Asia

Bangladesh - Inmates at overcrowded Faridpur jail suffer for lack of medical facilities

https://www.dhakatribune.com/nation/2022/08/23/inmates-at-overcrowded-faridpur-jail-suffer-for-lack-of-medical-facilities

At least 35 North Korean prisoners are said to have starved to death in July

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/prison_deaths-08222022184150.html

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Lewes progress 'disappointing', watchdog says

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-62643072

England and Wales - Crisis deepens in criminal justice system

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/contact-or-visit-us/press-office/press-releases/crisis-deepens-in-criminal-justice-system

Turkish justice minister promises reforms to improve healthcare in prisons

https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-justice-minister-promises-reforms-to-improve-healthcare-in-prisons/

 

News 20 – 22 August

Africa

How COVID-19 transformed the Kenyan court system

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-kenya-court-system-60-minutes-2022-08-21/

South Africa - Corruption, ineffective rehabilitation in prisons a problem, says expert

https://www.iol.co.za/pretoria-news/news/corruption-ineffective-rehabilitation-in-prisons-a-problem-says-expert-a4537d79-0f97-461e-9110-002d44e0ef2f

Americas

US - Released during COVID, some people are sent back to prison with little or no warning

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/22/1118132380/released-during-covid-some-people-are-sent-back-to-prison-with-little-or-no-warn

US - New York’s ageing prisoners languish with poor medical care and little hope

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/20/prison-reform-aging-parole-medical-care-valerie-gaiter

Europe

England and Wales - The urgent need for change in prisons after survey finds women face high levels of racism by staff

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-08-19/two-in-five-women-inmates-face-racism-by-prison-staff-survey-shows

Criminal barristers in England and Wales vote to go on indefinite strike

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/aug/22/barristers-england-wales-vote-indefinite-strike

England and Wales - Over 300 years of jail time has been added to criminals' sentences since the start of 2021

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/over-300-years-jail-time-24798236

Ireland - Homeless prisoners: ‘It was better to be in prison than on the streets’

https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/social-affairs/2022/08/20/homeless-prisoners-it-was-better-to-be-in-prison-than-on-the-streets/

Oceania

New Zealand - Otago prison: 'Unacceptable' CCTV in use in some cells, bathrooms

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/08/22/otago-prison-unacceptable-cctv-in-use-in-some-cells-bathrooms/

 

News 19 August

Americas

Canada - Inmates building community in B.C. prison through totem pole project

https://www.boundarycreektimes.com/trending-now/inmates-building-community-in-b-c-prison-through-totem-pole-project/

US - Conditions in prisons during heat waves pose deadly threats to incarcerated people and prison staff

https://theconversation.com/conditions-in-prisons-during-heat-waves-pose-deadly-threats-to-incarcerated-people-and-prison-staff-188272

Asia

Justice deterred is justice denied for Indonesia’s victims of crime

https://govinsider.asia/intelligence/justice-deterred-is-justice-denied-for-indonesias-victims-of-crime/

With Israeli Prisons Full, Detainees Are Sleeping on Police Station Floors

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-08-19/ty-article/.premium/with-israeli-prisons-full-detainees-are-sleeping-on-police-station-floors/00000182-b27b-d1f9-a59e-f67bcf640000

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Spring Hill inspection highlights ‘awful’ accommodation

https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/20672158.hmp-spring-hill-inspection-highlights-awful-accommodation/

Turkey - Inmate who publicized mistreatment in Silivri Prison is subjected to disciplinary punishment

https://stockholmcf.org/inmate-who-publicized-mistreatment-in-silivri-prison-is-subjected-to-disciplinary-punishment/

 

News 18 August

Americas

El Salvador plans to open 'mega prison' after 50,000 gang members arrested

https://www.unilad.com/news/el-salvador-mega-prison-gangs-crime-arrests-20220817

US - 'We're fighting a beast': Families accuse private prisons of failing to help dying loved ones

https://eu.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2022/08/18/lawsuit-prison-company-corecivic-left-inmates-die-tennessee/10228095002/

Asia

India - New jail manual promises welfare of prisoners in UP

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/new-jail-manual-promises-welfare-of-prisoners-in-up-101660753058914.html

Indonesia - 2,000 Inmates in Jakarta Prisons Receive Independence Remission

https://en.tempo.co/read/1623973/2000-inmates-in-jakarta-prisons-receive-independence-remission

Philippines eyes ‘world-class’ top-security prison

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/08/17/469100/philippines-eyes-world-class-top-security-prison/

Europe

Ireland - More than 100 former inmates registered with emergency homeless services ‘on day of prison release’

https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/2022/08/18/more-than-100-former-inmates-registered-with-emergency-homeless-services-on-day-of-prison-release/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prisons an 'inhumane environment' doing little to rehabilitate offenders - ex-inmate

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/473109/prisons-an-inhumane-environment-doing-little-to-rehabilitate-offenders-ex-inmate

 

News 17 August

Americas

US - DOJ watchdog publishes data dashboard to track COVID-19 vaccinations of prison inmates

https://www.fedscoop.com/doj-watchdog-publishes-data-dashboard-to-track-covid-19-vaccinations-of-prison-inmates/

US - Prisoner’s Death by Suicide Is 12th This Year at New York’s Rikers Island Jail

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/8/16/headlines/prisoners_death_by_suicide_is_12th_this_year_at_new_yorks_rikers_island_jail

US (Virginia) - ACLU challenges amendment blocking inmates' early release

https://www.manisteenews.com/news/article/ACLU-challenges-amendment-blocking-inmates-early-17378078.php

Europe

England and Wales - Paraplegic inmate taken to hospital in handcuffs among thousands of prison complaints

https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/17/paraplegic-inmate-handcuffed-on-hospital-trips-among-prison-complaints-17196687/

Italy - 52 prison suicides this year

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/08/16/52-prison-suicides-this-year_0b811af5-a517-4bee-a80d-522762f55803.html

Scotland - Courts backlog has shrunk by 7,500 trials since January

https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/courts-backlog-has-shrunk-by-7500-trials-since-january

Oceania

Australia - Number of women being sentenced to prison in Queensland quadruples in 15 years

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-17/qld-prison-female-incarceration-rate-quadruples-raise-the-age/101336904

Australia - Plans For Indigenous-Led NSW Prison Pilot Criticised By Advocates

https://junkee.com/indigenous-led-prison-nsw/338983

 

News 16 August

Americas

US - Report Details ‘Cruel’ And ‘Unconscionable’ Treatment Of Patients In Illinois Prisons

https://theappeal.org/illinois-prison-healthcare-lawsuit-settlement/

Asia

Pakistan - Prisoners conjugal rights: Govt asked to reopen family quarters in jails

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/982688-prisoners-conjugal-rights-govt-asked-to-reopen-family-quarters-in-jails

Qatar - MoI boosts co-operation with QRCS on in-prison care, rehabilitation

https://www.gulf-times.com/story/722691/MoI-boosts-co-operation-with-QRCS-on-in-prison-care-rehabilitation

Europe

England and Wales - Barristers’ strike disrupts more than 6,000 court hearings in first 19 days as action escalates

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/barristers-strike-disruption-court-backlog-b2145522.html

Oceania

New Zealand - No visits, limited video calls 'taken away any positives' for inmates

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129449967/no-visits-limited-video-calls-taken-away-any-positives-for-inmates

 

News 13 – 15 August

Africa

South Africa - Prisoners due for parole stuck in jail due to system failures

https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2022-08-13-prisoners-due-for-parole-stuck-in-jail-due-to-system-failures/

Americas

Canada - HMP on the verge of total lockdown as prison grapples with lack of guards

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/hmp-looming-lockdown-1.6549752

Mexico prison cartel clash spills on to streets of border city leaving 11 dead

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/12/mexico-prison-cartel-violence-ciudad-juarez

Confronting America’s ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Juvenile Detention Crisis

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/08/13/confronting-america-s-cruel-and-unusual-juvenile-detention-crisis

US - New York restricts families from sending packages to inmates

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-new-york-albany-doritos-andrew-cuomo-b2144839.html

Asia

India - As pandemic fades, Maharashtra’s prisons are once again overcrowded

https://theprint.in/india/as-pandemic-fades-maharashtras-prisons-are-once-again-overcrowded/1081997/

Saudi Arabia - Attorney General launches procedural guide to supervise prisons, detention centers

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/623909/SAUDI-ARABIA/Attorney-General-launches-procedural-guide-to-supervise-prisons-detention-centers

Thailand - Royal birthdays bring over 100,000 royal prison pardons

https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/crime/royal-birthdays-bring-over-100000-royal-prison-pardons

Europe

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, July 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-july-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-july-2022

England and Wales - Rise in self-harm in women’s prisons

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/female-prisoners-more-likely-to-self-harm

Slovenian prisons lack 15% of prison officers

https://english.sta.si/3069141/slovenian-prisons-lack-15-of-prison-officers

 

News 12 August

Americas

2 dead, 4 injured in riot at northern Mexico border prison

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/3-inmates-dead-in-riot-at-northern-mexico-border-prison/2022/08/11/67f96780-19e5-11ed-b998-b2ab68f58468_story.html

US - Repurposing Correctional Facilities to Strengthen Communities

https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/repurposing-correctional-facilities-to-strengthen-communities/

US (Washington) - WA state delays watchdog reports on prisons, concerning advocates

https://crosscut.com/politics/2022/08/wa-state-delays-watchdog-reports-prisons-concerning-advocates

Europe

England and Wales - Prison inspectors find poor living conditions and staffing shortages at HMP Wayland in Norfolk

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/prison-inspectors-find-poor-living-conditions-and-staffing-shortages-hmp

Almost 1.5m England and Wales crime victims opt not to pursue cases

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/aug/12/england-and-wales-crime-victims-not-pursuing-cases-criminal-justice-system-confidence-collapse

England and Wales - Crown court backlog edges up further

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/crown-court-backlog-edges-up-further/5113415.article

Ireland - Prisons used as a ‘dumping ground’ for the mentally ill

https://www.newstalk.com/news/prisons-used-as-a-dumping-ground-for-the-mentally-ill-1371711

Oceania

Australia - ‘Harrowing’ incidents of self-harm revealed among boys held at Perth adult prison

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/12/harrowing-incidents-of-self-harm-revealed-among-boys-held-at-perth-adult-prison

Australia - Power outages at Darwin Correctional Centre spark concerns over access to justice, prisoner welfare

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-12/darwin-prison-power-outages-disrupt-services/101315502

Australia (NSW) - First Nations Prison Rate Climbs, Despite Pandemic Drop in Overall Inmate Numbers

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/first-nations-prison-rate-climbs-despite-pandemic-drop-in-overall-inmate-numbers/

 

News 11 August

Africa

Hundreds escape DRC prison in deadly jailbreak

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/hundreds-escape-drc-prison-in-deadly-jailbreak-59619

Zimbabwe - 'Virtual courts may infringe rights'

https://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-222243.html

Americas

US - Women’s Prisons Are Filled With Domestic Violence Survivors. A New Type of Law Could Help Them Get Out.

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2022/08/domestic-violence-prison-abuser-oklahoma-new-york-law/

US - Court sides with Oregon governor over early prison releases

https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-oregon-pandemics-crime-aac4dc55930391b6cbdb7f0c2a0e42e0

Asia

Thailand’s inmates fight for glory in prison muay Thai championship

https://www.laprensalatina.com/thailands-inmates-fight-for-glory-in-prison-muay-thai-championship/

Europe

Belgium - Justice Department heads to heavy metal festival to recruit new prison staff

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/270462/justice-department-heads-to-heavy-metal-festival-to-recruit-new-prison-staff

Cyprus - Minister denies prison spying on inmates

https://www.financialmirror.com/2022/08/10/minister-denies-prison-spying-on-inmates/

Oceania

Australia - Murder charge prompts NSW prison strike

https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/7856900/murder-charge-prompts-nsw-prison-strike/?cs=9676

Australia - New smoking ban in WA prisons prompt fears of jail riots

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/new-smoking-ban-in-wa-prisons-prompt-fears-of-jail-riots-c-7841721

 

News 10 August

Africa

South Africa - Prison torture case: Inmates sue justice minister for almost R10 million

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/update-prison-torture-case-inmates-sue-justice-minister-for-almost-r10-million-20220810

Americas

US - ACLU-MN sues Minnesota DOC for re-imprisoning people on conditional medical release

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/aclu-mn-sues-minnesota-doc-reimprisoning-conditional-medical-release/

Europe

England and Wales - Ex-prisoners to help build new 'mega' prison at Full Sutton near York

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/20612704.ex-prisoners-help-build-new-mega-prison-full-sutton-near-york/

Oceania

New Zealand Labour repeals three-strikes law its says led to ‘absurd’ sentences

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/10/new-zealand-labour-repeals-three-strikes-law-its-says-led-to-absurd-sentences

New Zealand - Prisoners locked in cells for 22 hours a day amid staff shortages

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/129521591/prisoners-locked-in-cells-for-22-hours-a-day-amid-staff-shortages

 

News 9 August

Americas

US - New York will no longer use 'inmate' for people in prison

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/ny-state-of-politics/2022/08/08/new-york-will-no-longer-use--inmate--for-people-in-prison

US - Human Rights violations in prisons throughout the South causes disparate and lasting harm in Black Communities

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/human-rights-violations-in-prisons-throughout-the-south-causes-disparate-and-lasting-harm-in-black-communities/

US - California puts some of its most vulnerable prisoners in solitary confinement. A state bill would change that

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/solitary-confinement-california-prisons-17360532.php

Asia

India - Ease of justice wanted for undertrials

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/ease-of-justice-wanted-for-undertrials-420158

Philippines - Bill seeking to establish penal farms across regions filed at the Senate 

https://www.bworldonline.com/the-nation/2022/08/08/466822/bill-seeking-to-establish-penal-farms-across-regions-filed-at-the-senate/

Europe

Cyprus - MEP sounds alarm at EU parliament over prison phone surveillance

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/09/mep-sounds-alarm-at-eu-parliament-over-prison-phone-surveillance/

England and Wales - New prison could be extended to house almost 2,000 inmates, Government reveals

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/new-prison-could-extended-house-7436346

Ireland - Prison officers drafted into Mountjoy to deal with 'crisis' amid murder and riot

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/prison-officers-drafted-mountjoy-deal-27688516

Oceania

Australia - ACT Drug and Alcohol Court saves Canberrans millions of dollars by diverting offenders from jail to treatment

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-09/act-drug-alcohol-court-saves-canberrans-millions-in-jail-costs/101312562

 

News 6-8 August

Americas

US - Senate to hold hearing on crisis-plagued federal prisons

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ap-dick-durbin-senate-bureau-of-prisons-washington-b2139365.html

US - 17 States and DC Have Stopped Reporting Active COVID Cases Behind Bars

https://truthout.org/articles/17-states-and-dc-have-stopped-reporting-active-covid-cases-behind-bars/

US - Documentary highlights lack of accessibility for deaf and disabled people in Florida justice system

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/courts-law/2022-08-07/documentary-highlights-lack-of-accessibility-for-deaf-and-disabled-people-in-florida-justice-system

US (California) - Opinion: With COVID surges, there’s no return to normalcy in jails and prisons

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/08/06/opinion-with-covid-surges-theres-no-return-to-normalcy-in-jails-and-prisons/

Asia

India - Take action on releasing prisoners in jail for long: SC to Centre, States

https://www.thehitavada.com/Encyc/2022/8/7/Take-action-on-releasing-prisoners-in-jail-for-long-SC-to-Centre-States.html

Iran - Women political prisoners contract Coronavirus in Evin Prison

https://iran-hrm.com/2022/08/07/women-political-prisoners-contract-coronavirus-in-evin-prison/

New hangings take Singapore execution toll to 10 in four months

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2136691/world

Philippines - Congested prisons? Robin’s solution is to ‘regionalize’ them

https://mb.com.ph/2022/08/08/congested-prisons-robins-solution-is-to-regionalize-them/

Europe

England and Wales - Thousands of prison staff and inmates attacked in North East prisons

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20588256.thousands-prison-staff-inmates-attacked-north-east-prisons/

Turkey - Preventing prison visits violates Constitution, top court rules

https://bianet.org/english/law/265570-preventing-prison-visits-violates-constitution-top-court-rules

Oceania

Australia - Yarning circles in NSW prisons aim to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-08/yarning-circles-nsw-prison-indigenous-incarceration-rates/101307076

 

News 5 August

Americas

Cayman Islands - Government moves ahead with new prison plans

https://caymannewsservice.com/2022/08/government-moves-ahead-with-new-prison-plans/

Europe

Irish Prison Service abandoned project to electronically tag prisoners after spending more than €850,000

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-prison-service-abandoned-project-27659163

Ireland - Violent protest by over 40 inmates at Mountjoy as prisoners removed and sent to other jails

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/violent-protest-over-40-inmates-27664325

Italy finalises justice reform to help unlock EU funding

https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/italy-finalises-justice-reform-to-help-unlock-eu-funding/

Oceania

Australia - ‘We will see a death’: advocates fear for children inside maximum-security Perth prison after boy self-harms

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/04/we-will-see-a-death-advocates-fear-for-children-inside-maximum-security-perth-prison-after-boy-swallows-glass

 

News 4 August

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak reported at N.B. prison as 17 inmates test positive

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-reported-at-n-b-prison-as-17-inmates-test-positive-1.6012541

Sentencing Project Report Seeks to ‘Unlock the Vote’ in America’s Jails

https://www.washingtoninformer.com/sentencing-project-report-seeks-to-unlock-the-vote-in-americas-jails/

Asia

India - 42 prisoners test positive for Covid-19 in Haridwar jail

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/dehradun-news/42-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-haridwar-jail-101659528676629.html

Korea - Jail term for unpaid fines too harsh

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/08/251_333862.html

Philippines - 4,461 BuCor’s prisoners freed as of July 22

https://mb.com.ph/2022/08/04/4461-bucors-prisoners-freed-as-of-july-22/

Sri Lanka - COVID-19: Prisons Dept. starts administering fourth dose

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/08/04/covid-19-prisons-dept-starts-administering-fourth-dose/

Europe

England and Wales - Plans announced for £400m ‘smart prison’

https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/plans-announced-%C2%A3400m-%E2%80%98smart-prison%E2%80%99

Northern Ireland - Naomi Long: Court system could remain backlogged until 2028 without extra investment

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2022/08/04/news/long_court_system_could_remain_backlogged_until_2028_without_extra_investment-2790050/

Oceania

Australia - As Victoria's incarceration rate rises, children of jailed parents are 'invisible victims', report says

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-04/inquiry-into-children-affected-by-parental-incarceration/101300726

New Zealand - Prison wing rendered 'uninhabitable' after 24-hour rooftop standoff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300654369/prison-wing-rendered-uninhabitable-after-24hour-rooftop-standoff

 

News 3 August

Africa

Zimbabwe - More courts to give increasing population access to justice

https://www.herald.co.zw/more-courts-to-give-increasing-population-access-to-justice/

Americas

Garland swears in new US prisons chief in push for reform

https://www.yournewsnet.com/story/47013180/garland-swears-in-new-us-prisons-chief-in-push-for-reform

US - Planting Gardens Behind Bars

https://www.vera.org/news/planting-gardens-behind-bars

US - Women in Massachusetts Prisons Targets of Sexual, Mental Abuse: Study

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/08/03/women-in-massachusetts-prisons-targets-of-sexual-mental-abuse-study/

Europe

Ireland - Pandemic curtails Irish arrests and jail time abroad

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40931564.html

Ireland - Prisoner dies following assault in Mountjoy jail

https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/2022/08/03/prisoner-dies-following-assault-in-mountjoy-cell/

Oceania

New Zealand - Fewer inmates, yet prisons spend more on fixing intentional damage

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/129465965/fewer-inmates-yet-prisons-spend-more-on-fixing-intentional-damage

 

News 2 August

Africa

Report reveals impact of Covid-19 lockdown rules on criminal justice systems

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/report-reveals-impact-of-covid-19-lockdown-rules-on-criminal-justice-systems-5e2d0ef3-daa1-4fa4-b8ae-b6dc5decfa10

Americas

Canada - Expansion of prison needle exchange programs going ahead despite pandemic delays

https://panow.com/2022/08/02/expansion-of-prison-needle-exchange-programs-going-ahead-despite-pandemic-delays/

US - Expert says inadequate staffing is driving deaths in prisons across the Gulf South

https://wbhm.org/2022/expert-says-inadequate-staffing-is-driving-deaths-in-prisons-across-the-gulf-south/

US - The Impact Of COVID-19 On The Health Of Incarcerated Older Adults In California State Prisons

https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00132?journalCode=hlthaff

US - Lawsuit Seeks Compensation For Inmates Over Hawaii’s Response to Covid-19

https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/08/lawsuit-seeks-compensation-for-inmates-over-hawaiis-response-to-covid-19/

Asia

23 death row prisoners sue Singapore government for denial of justice

https://www.laprensalatina.com/23-death-row-prisoners-sue-singapore-government-for-denial-of-justice/

Europe

England and Wales - Charities warn against ministers getting powers to stop early release from jail

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/aug/02/charities-warn-against-ministers-getting-power-to-stop-early-release-from-jail

England and Wales - Criminal courts face further disruption as barristers strike for fifth week

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/london-old-bailey-government-ministry-of-justice-b1015999.html

Oceania

New Zealand - Rooftop prison standoff by teen inmates likely a 'cry for help'

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129456982/rooftop-prison-standoff-by-teen-inmates-likely-a-cry-for-help

 

News 30 July – 1 August 2022

Africa

Moroccan king pardons 1,769 prisoners on occasion of Throne Day

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2022-07/30/content_78349215.htm

Americas

Guyana - Restorative Justice Bill tabled in National Assembly

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2022/07/30/news/guyana/restorative-justice-bill-tabled-in-national-assembly/

US - Prison Health Expert Warns Monkeypox Could “Dramatically Increase” Behind Bars, Calls for CDC Action

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/7/29/monkeypox_outbreak_dr_homer_venters

Asia

India - ‘Women are doubly marginalised in jails’: Hurdles to gender-sensitive prison reforms

https://www.firstpost.com/opinion/women-are-doubly-marginalised-in-jails-hurdles-to-gender-sensitive-prison-reforms-10986481.html

India - Undertrial prisoners languishing in jails; provide legal aid to speed up their release: PM Narendra Modi

https://www.barandbench.com/news/undertrial-prisoners-languishing-jails-provide-legal-aid-speed-up-their-release-pm-narendra-modi

Europe

England and Wales - Construction starts in Rochester at 'revolutionary' first UK secure school

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/construction-starts-on-uks-first-secure-school-271071/

 

News 29 July

Americas

US (Massachusetts) - Inmates sue prison system over solitary confinement policies

https://www.lowellsun.com/2022/07/28/inmates-sue-prison-system-over-solitary-confinement-policies/

Europe

Belgian prisoners demonstrate against poor conditions, administration responds

https://www.brusselstimes.com/263524/prisoners-demonstrate-against-poor-conditions-administration-responds

England and Wales - Self-harm and suicides on the rise in prisons, Ministry of Justice reveals

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/self-harm-and-suicides-on-the-rise-in-prisons-ministry-of-justice-reveals

England and Wales - Violence has doubled in six months at London’s largest prison

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/violence-doubled-six-months-london-largest-prison-wandsworth-b1015512.html

 

News 28 July

Americas

Haiti - Gunshots, fires and new tensions in Port-au-Prince spark fear of prison break, more trouble

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article263877602.html

US - Hundreds of Thousands of Incarcerated People Are in Danger Amid Scorching Heat

https://truthout.org/articles/hundreds-of-thousands-of-incarcerated-people-are-in-danger-amid-scorching-heat/

Asia

Easy targets: Drug mules fill women’s jails in Hong Kong

https://www.digitaljournal.com/world/easy-targets-drug-mules-fill-womens-jails-in-hong-kong/article

Europe

Estonia - Madise recommends Tallinn Prison improve conditions for female inmates

https://news.err.ee/1608668647/madise-recommends-tallinn-prison-improve-conditions-for-female-inmates

France's rights violations in prisons continue amid a crushing heatwave

https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/france-s-rights-violations-in-prisons-continue-amid-a-crushing-heatwave-59212

Oceania

Australia - Coroner slams lack of 'safe' cells at Perth's Acacia Prison after young Indigenous man's suicide

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-28/coroner-slams-lack-of-safe-cells-at-perth-acacia-prison/101273180

Australia - Transitional housing support for Indigenous men leaving prison aims to reduce recidivism rates

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-28/housing-support-for-indigenous-men-leaving-prison/101272428

New Zealand - Victims at risk as justice stalled due to 'exorbitant' court delays

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129285036/victims-at-risk-as-justice-stalled-due-to-exorbitant-court-delays

New Zealand - Corrections scrutinises failing drug and alcohol programmes

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/07/28/corrections-scrutinizes-failing-drug-and-alcohol-programmes/

 

News 27 July

Americas

US - Prisons chief deflects blame for failures, angering senators

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-jon-ossoff-atlanta-bureau-of-prisons-ron-johnson-b2131950.html

US - How Electronic Monitoring Incentivizes Prolonged Punishment

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-electronic-monitoring-incentivizes-prolonged-punishment

US (Indiana) - Dozens of Inmates Raped, Assaulted, and Harassed After Jailer Sold Male Prisoner a Key to Women’s Wing, Federal Lawsuit Claims

https://lawandcrime.com/lawsuit/dozens-of-inmates-raped-assaulted-and-harassed-after-jailer-sold-male-prisoner-a-key-to-womens-wing-federal-lawsuit-claims/

Asia

Cambodia - ‘Parole motivating prisoners to behave’

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501120078/parole-motivating-prisoners-to-behave/

Europe

Denmark - Prison staff facing less threats and violence at work

https://cphpost.dk/?p=137177

Northern Ireland - Prison Service Must Be 'Adequately Resourced'

https://www.4ni.co.uk/northern-ireland-news/287745/prison-service-must-be-adequately-resourced

Oceania

Australia (NSW) - Pandemic policing: The impact of COVID-19 fines on the justice system

https://lsj.com.au/articles/pandemic-policing-the-impact-of-covid-19-fines-on-the-justice-system/

Australia (ACT) - Visitors banned as prison battles new covid outbreak

https://citynews.com.au/2022/visitors-banned-as-prison-battles-new-covid-outbreak/

 

News 26 July

Africa

Nigeria’s jailbreaks point to a prison system out of step with reality

https://theconversation.com/nigerias-jailbreaks-point-to-a-prison-system-out-of-step-with-reality-186935

Americas

US - Rates of solitary confinement of incarcerated people with mental illness three times higher than those without mental illness

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/959791

US - Senators demand answers about federal prisons’ scant use of Covid therapeutics

https://www.statnews.com/2022/07/26/senate-letter-covid-therapeutics-prison/

US - Inmates sue over ‘unsafe and unacceptable’ COVID conditions in CT prisons

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/Inmates-sue-over-unsafe-and-unacceptable-17326957.php

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Alarming’ increase in self-harm in women’s prisons as more vulnerable people to be jailed, report says

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-prisons-self-harm-suicide-b2130824.html

England and Wales - MPs concerned over how new ‘untested’ Swansea centre for female prisoners ‘will operate in practice’

https://nation.cymru/news/mps-concerned-over-how-new-untested-swansea-centre-for-female-prisoners-will-operate-in-practice/

England and Wales - Praise For 'Impressive' Parc YOI's Covid-19 Response

https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/praise-for-impressive-parc-yoi-s-covid-19-response

Russia - Prison Torture Victim Dies From Pneumonia – Reports

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/26/prison-torture-whistleblower-dies-in-prison-a78404

At least 9 advanced cancer patients in Turkish prisons as of July 2022

https://turkeypurge.com/at-least-9-advanced-cancer-patients-in-turkish-prisons-as-of-july-2022

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid-19 outbreak at Invercargill Prison

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129389629/covid19-outbreak-at-invercargill-prison

 

News 23 – 25 July

Africa

Gambia: Housing Facilities At Mile II Prisons Substandard, Unfit for Human Habitation

https://allafrica.com/stories/202207220452.html

Americas

Canada - COVID-19: Thirteen inmates test positive at B.C. medium-security prison

https://globalnews.ca/news/9009794/mission-institution-covid-outbreak/

El Salvador Builds Giant Prison Complex for 40,000 Gang Members

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-22/el-salvador-builds-giant-prison-complex-for-40-000-gang-members#xj4y7vzkg

US - Survey Paints Grim Picture of Life in Incarceration

https://prospect.org/justice/survey-paints-grim-picture-of-life-in-incarceration/

US - Nearly half of Oregon’s inmate population included in first class action suit of its kind

https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/7029/nearly-half-of-oregons-inmate-population-included-in-first-class-action-suit-of-its-kind

US - Temperatures inside Texas prison units regularly reach 110 degrees, new report says

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/23/us/texas-prison-temperatures-report/index.html

US - New York Prisons Cut Crucial Lifeline to Incarcerated Individuals and Families Through Arbitrary Package Policy

https://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/130-opinion/11479-new-york-prisons-lifeline-incarcerated-packages

Asia

India - Thane prison inmates lack proper sleeping spcae: CMO informs Court

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/thane-prison-inmates-lack-proper-sleeping-spcae-cmo-informs-court-101658603559430.html

India - Yerwada Central Prison holds a three times higher population of prisoners than its official capacity

https://punemirror.com/pune/crime/Yerwada-Central-Prison-holds-a-three-times-higher-populatio/cid8092596.htm

Malaysia - Prisons Dept targets reducing recidivism rate by 10%

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/07/25/prisons-dept-targets-reducing-recidivism-rate-by-10

Nepal - Prison management bill ensures reproductive right to inmates

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/prison-management-bill-ensures-reproductive-right-to-inmates

Europe

England and Wales - Two-thirds of remand prisoners who took own lives were on care plans, FoI reveals

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/23/two-thirds-of-remand-prisoners-who-took-own-lives-were-on-care-plans-foi-reveals

‘You can’t bring my boy back’: why are so many UK prisoners dying on remand?

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/23/you-cant-bring-my-boy-back-why-are-so-many-uk-prisoners-dying-on-remand

Oceania

Australia - WA premier defends shackling of Indigenous teenagers transferred to adult prison

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/25/wa-premier-defends-shackling-of-indigenous-teenagers-transferred-to-adult-prison

 

News 22 July

Africa

Rwanda Teaching Inmates How To Proudly Return To The Community

https://www.ktpress.rw/2022/07/rwanda-teaching-inmates-how-to-proudly-return-to-the-community/

South Africa - Prisons overflowing by 33% – Justice Minister Ronald Lamola

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/prisons-overflowing-by-33-justice-minister-ronald-lamola-726e7953-3dc8-4564-b5a9-e4e9091f9bd5

Americas

US - Inmates at two CoreCivic private prisons in Arizona protest inhumane living conditions following power outage

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/07/21/arcw-j21.html

Asia

India - More than 40 million cases pending in lower courts: Govt tells Parliament

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/more-than-40-million-cases-pending-in-lower-courts-govt-tells-parliament-122072200139_1.html

Govt aims to end overcrowding in Philippine prisons

https://www.ucanews.com/news/govt-aims-to-end-overcrowding-in-philippine-prisons/98117

 

News 14 – 21 July

Africa

Egypt’s Revolving Jailhouse Door: One Pretrial Detention After Another

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/07/16/world/middleeast/egypt-prisoners.html

Scores of inmates in Zimbabwe want justice served

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/scores-of-inmates-in-zimbabwe-want-justice-served/2638328

Americas

Antigua - ‘It’s criminal’- Prison boss condemns practice of housing mentally ill inmates at HMP

https://antiguaobserver.com/its-criminal-prison-boss-condemns-practice-of-housing-mentally-ill-inmates-at-hmp/

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Dorchester Penitentiary spreads

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/dorchester-penitentiary-covid-19-outbreak-inmates-employees-correctional-service-1.6522664

13 killed in Ecuador prison riot – prisons agency

https://www.rappler.com/world/latin-america/ecuador-prison-riot-july-2022/

US - They were released from prison because of COVID. Their freedom didn't last long.

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/07/20/prison-home-confinement-covid-incarceration/7536257001/

US - We Didn't Release Enough People from Jails and Prisons During the Pandemic

https://www.vera.org/news/we-didnt-release-enough-people-from-jails-and-prisons-during-the-pandemic

US - Racial inequality over long US prison sentences growing, report finds

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/21/prisons-us-racial-equality-black-white-americans

US - Kansas corrections system grapples with 22.6% vacancy rate among uniformed prison staff

https://kansasreflector.com/2022/07/20/kansas-corrections-system-grapples-with-22-6-vacancy-rate-among-uniformed-prison-staff/

US - Judge rules against Wisconsin prisons over visitation policy

https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-wisconsin-prisons-lawsuits-2ebb18960f38c2fd28e3102a990c6735

Asia

Cambodia - NGO launching prisoner education programmes

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-launching-prisoner-education-programmes

India's huge backlog of court cases delays justice: Experts

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/indias-huge-backlog-of-court-cases-delays-justice-experts/2638784 

Nepal - Inmates deprived of basic facilities in overcrowded Morang Prison

https://kathmandupost.com/province-no-1/2022/07/18/inmates-deprived-of-basic-facilities-in-overcrowded-morang-prison

Philippines - Digitization of records among measures to decongest crowded jails

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/07/21/2196993/digitization-records-among-measures-decongest-crowded-jails

Sri Lanka - Incarcerations on the rise – Prisons Dept.

https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/07/21/incarcerations-on-the-rise-prisons-dept/

Europe

England and Wales - UK prisoners ‘traumatised’ by Covid solitary confinement, study says

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/20/covid-solitary-confinement-inflamed-uk-prisons-mental-health-crisis-study

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, June 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-june-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-june-2022

England and Wales - Warnings over 'inconsistent' monitoring of criminals after release from prison

https://news.sky.com/story/warnings-over-inconsistent-monitoring-of-criminals-after-release-from-prison-12651652

England and Wales - Treatment of UK prisoners during Covid meets UN definition of torture

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jul/20/treatment-of-uk-prisoners-during-covid-meets-un-definition-of-torture

Dozens commit suicide in Turkish prisons, watchdog says situation reaching ‘crisis levels’

https://medyanews.net/dozens-commit-suicide-in-turkish-prisons-watchdog-says-situation-reaching-crisis-levels/

 

News 13 July

Africa

Mozambique: Deaths of Prisoners Blamed On Security Lapses

https://allafrica.com/stories/202207120622.html

Americas

Jail riot in Dominican Republic leaves one prisoner dead, six injured after inmates protesting inhumane treatment kidnap a guard and set fires to mattresses

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11006679/Dominican-Republic-jail-riot-leaves-one-prisoner-dead-six-injured.html

‘It’s inhumane’: how US prison work breaks bodies and minds for pennies

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/13/us-prison-work-breaks-bodies-minds-for-pennies

US - Covid-19 Strikes Wyoming’s Most Populous Prison as US Cases Rise

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-12/covid-19-strikes-wyoming-s-most-populous-prison-as-us-cases-rise

Asia

Bangladesh - Virtual courts and the future of justice

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/news/virtual-courts-and-the-future-justice-1904500

India - Bail, Not Jail: Why Supreme Courts Has Urged Govt To Frame New Bail Act

https://www.outlookindia.com/national/bail-not-jail-why-supreme-courts-has-urged-govt-to-frame-new-bail-act-news-208916

Europe

England and Wales - Inspectors highlight failings at Nottinghamshire prison

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/inspectors-highlight-failings-nottinghamshire-prison-7320126

Italy - Inmate COVID infections quadruple in seven days

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/07/12/inmate-covid-infections-quadruple-in-seven-days_6e5c734e-6ec8-404a-beef-17d57bdf061f.html

Scotland - Number of young people inside Polmont prison drops to record low

https://news.stv.tv/east-central/number-of-young-people-inside-polmont-prison-drops-to-record-low

 

News 12 July

Americas

US - Women In Prison Are Struggling To Access Mental Health And Social Support When They Need It Most

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a39866413/women-in-prison-mental-health-care-social-support-programs-community-based-organizations/

US - The Federal Prisons Agency is Reviewing its Reproductive Care Options for Inmates

https://www.govexec.com/management/2022/07/federal-prisons-agency-reviewing-its-reproductive-care-options-inmates-abortion/374074/

Europe

Belgium - Emergency measures to accelerate prison staff hiring

https://www.brusselstimes.com/253278/belgian-government-accelerates-prison-staff-hiring

Public Discussion on Georgia’s Penitentiary System Held

https://civil.ge/archives/500149

Scotland - Prison inspection flags overcrowding issues at HMP Low Moss

https://www.clydebankpost.co.uk/news/20271841.prison-inspection-flags-overcrowding-issues-hmp-low-moss/

 

News 9 – 11 July

Africa

Eid Al Adha: Morocco’s King pardons nearly 1000 Inmates

https://northafricapost.com/58894-eid-al-adha-moroccos-king-pardons-nearly-1000-inmates.html

Americas

Jamaica - Alarm sounded over collection of prisoners’ DNA

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20220710/alarm-sounded-over-collection-prisoners-dna

US - ‘They might have to give birth in chains’: Abortion access behind bars after the end of Roe v Wade

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/roe-v-wade-abortions-prison-b2118355.html

Dire US labor shortage provides opportunity for ex-prisoners

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-employment-jackson-covid-waffle-house-b2119833.html

US - South Dakota Prison Officers and inmates say broken promises lead to frustration, safety concerns

https://www.dakotanewsnow.com/2022/07/08/south-dakota-prison-officers-inmates-say-broken-promises-lead-frustration-safety-concerns/

US - Florida Prisons Propose Cutting Family Visitations, Drawing Sharp Objections

https://flaglerlive.com/178436/florida-prisons-propose-cutting-family-visitations-drawing-sharp-objections/

US - Nebraska's Prison Overcrowding Emergency Now in Third Year

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2022-07-11/criminal-justice/nebraskas-prison-overcrowding-emergency-now-in-third-year/a79831-1

Europe

How does overcrowding in Belgian prisons damage rehabilitation?

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/251043/prisons-in-brussels-remain-chronically-overcrowded-what-can-actually-be-done

England and Wales - If we’re going to reform prisons, we should start with the prisoners

https://www.bigissue.com/opinion/if-were-going-to-reform-prisons-we-should-start-with-the-prisoners/

England and Wales - Criminal courts face further disruption as barristers strike for third week

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cba-government-supreme-court-preston-birmingham-b2120276.html

Mobile phone and drug seizures in Irish prisons increased by 19% in 2021

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/mobile-phone-drug-seizures-irish-27445490

Oceania

Australia - Prisoner advocates say a lack of programs at Darwin Correctional Centre is contributing to the NT's high reoffending rates

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-11/nt-darwin-prison-programs-reoffending-rates/101205788

 

News 8 July

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at New Brunswick's Dorchester prison

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-in-n-b-prison-1.5978458

Asia

India - 60-year age bar for life convicts removed; move aimed at decongesting U.P. jails

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/60year-age-bar-for-life-convicts-removed-move-aimed-at-decongesting-u-p-jails-101657220359348.html

Europe

England and Wales - 'Human books' go into prison to be 'read' by inmates in a bid to open up frank conversations

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/human-books-go-prison-read-24423010

England and Wales - HMP Manchester inmate lay dying with Covid as prison staff refused to tell mum about his condition

https://www.manchesterworld.uk/news/hmp-manchester-inmate-lay-dying-with-covid-as-prison-staff-refused-to-tell-mum-about-his-condition-3759846

Biometrics Commissioner Looks at Facial Recognition in Scottish Prisons

https://findbiometrics.com/biometrics-commissioner-looks-facial-recognition-scottish-prisons-070701/

Oceania

Australia - SA government 'investigating' whether to raise minimum age of criminal responsibility

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-08/sa-push-to-raise-age-of-criminality/101221906

 

News 7 July

Americas

Barbados - Fewer people in Dodds Prison

https://www.nationnews.com/2022/07/07/fewer-people-dodds-prison/

US - Bureau Of Prisons Holding Inmates For Longer Than Law Allows

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/07/06/bureau-of-prisons-holding-inmates-for-longer-than-law-allows/?sh=58c1ff736e62

Europe

England and Wales - Lewes prisoners locked up for up to 23 hours a day to prevent spread of Covid

https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/lewes-prisoners-locked-up-for-up-to-23-hours-a-day-to-prevent-spread-of-covid-3759423

Scotland - HMP Glasgow will not solve overpopulation woes, prison chief warns

https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/hmp-glasgow-will-not-solve-overpopulation-woes-prison-chief-warns

CPT report on UK: persistent overcrowding and violence in prisons and insufficient legal safeguards for psychiatric patients

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/cpt-report-on-uk-persistent-overcrowding-and-violence-in-prisons-and-insufficient-legal-safeguards-for-psychiatric-patients

Oceania

Australia - Advocates slam 'disgraceful' decision to move youths to adult jail

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2022/07/06/advocates-slam-disgraceful-decision-move-youths-adult-jail

 

News 6 July

Americas

OHCHR Asks Honduras To Investigate Prison Gang Massacre

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/OHCHR-Asks-Honduras-To-Investigate-Prison-Gang-Massacre-20220705-0023.html

US - Overcrowding, Old Buildings Fueled COVID Surge in California Prisons

https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2022/07/423231/overcrowding-old-buildings-fueled-covid-surge-california-prisons

US (Oregon) - Incarcerated people at Sheridan prison were denied showers during hunger strike, lawyer says

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/07/05/sheridan-oregon-prison-prisoners-hunger-strike-federal-corrections-prison-conditions/

US - Longstanding hurdles keep attorneys from easily phoning clients in North Dakota prisons

https://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/longstanding-hurdles-keep-attorneys-from-easily-phoning-clients-in-north-dakota-prisons

Asia

India - Lack of facilities turns visit to Tiruchy Central Prison a harrowing experience for kin of inmates

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2022/jul/06/lack-of-facilities-turns-visit-to-tiruchy-central-prison-a-harrowing-experience-for-kin-of-inmates-2473323.html

Japan - COVID cluster leaves 43 inmates, workers at Osaka Prison infected

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220706/p2a/00m/0sc/004000c

Europe

England and Wales - Barrister strikes are symptom of Britain’s crumbling criminal justice system

https://www.ft.com/content/55317bbb-706f-40b5-8125-3ee2f023816f

Ireland - Covid-19 has brought a halt to a number of serious criminal cases due in court this week

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/covid-19-brought-halt-number-27406039

Scotland - Stop jailing so many criminals to ease overcrowding, inspector says

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stop-jailing-so-many-criminals-to-ease-overcrowding-inspector-says-g82cfjjgt

Oceania

Australia - ‘Traumatised’ Children Are Being Sent to a Maximum-Security Adult’s Prison in WA

https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7geqx/traumatised-children-are-being-sent-to-a-maximum-security-adults-prison-in-wa

Australia - NT prison officers to strike over pay

https://www.theflindersnews.com.au/story/7809327/nt-prison-officers-to-strike-over-pay/?cs=12

 

News 5 July

Americas

6 gang members killed in Honduras prison

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/gang-members-killed-honduras-prison-86199308

US - Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-virginia-richmond-ford-republican-b2115298.html

US - New York Prisons Ban Care Packages Containing Food

https://therealnews.com/new-york-prisons-ban-care-packages-containing-food

US - DOCCS drops mask mandate in New York prisons

https://www.fingerlakes1.com/2022/07/05/doccs-drops-mask-mandate-in-new-york-prisons/

Asia

As Malaysia Softens Death Penalty Stance, Singapore Sentences More to Be Hanged

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epzd34/malaysia-singapore-death-penalty-abolition

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Brixton: ‘a prison in trouble’

https://www.thejusticegap.com/hmp-brixton-a-prison-in-trouble/

England and Wales - HMP Erlestoke: Report finds 'insufficient progress' with drugs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-62037202

Scotland - HMP Low Moss: Inmates sharing single cells at overcrowded jail

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-62043866

 

News 2-4 July

Africa

South Africa - Experts concerned about sudden spike in inmate numbers

https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/experts-concerned-about-sudden-spike-in-inmate-numbers-e8909bee-9bee-4af6-963d-231d4dd0e8ab

Americas

Death toll rises to 53 in Colombian prison fire

https://theprint.in/world/death-toll-rises-to-53-in-colombian-prison-fire/1021253/

US - Prison reform advocates say the Roe ruling will make it easier to deny care to incarcerated pregnant people: 'It just shows the amount of contempt that these systems have for women'

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/prison-reform-advocates-roe-ruling-133200895.html

US - Thousands of federal inmates still await early release under Trump-era First Step Act

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/thousands-federal-inmates-still-await-early-release-trump-era-first-st-rcna35162

US - California Lawmakers Reject Ballot Proposal That Aimed To End Forced Prison Labor

https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/california-lawmakers-reject-ballot-proposal-that-aimed-to-end-forced-prison-labor

US - Federal Judge Rules Gruesome Medical Neglect in Arizona Prisons Violates Eighth Amendment

https://reason.com/2022/07/01/federal-judge-rules-gruesome-medical-neglect-in-arizona-prisons-violates-eighth-amendment/

US - ‘For Cruelty’s Sake’: State of Alabama diverts $400 million in COVID funds to build prisons, leaving many in dire straits

https://www.splcenter.org/news/2022/07/01/alabama-diverts-400-million-covid-funds-to-prisons

US (Hawaii) - Civil Beat Law Center Goes To Court To Make Prison Covid-19 Reports Public

https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/07/civil-beat-law-center-goes-to-court-to-make-prison-covid-19-reports-public/

Asia

Nepal - Prisoners take turn to sleep in crammed jail

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/prisoners-take-turn-to-sleep-in-crammed-jail/

Prison conditions in Singapore 'acceptable'; no fans, mattresses in cells for security: Shanmugam

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/prison-conditions-singapore-jail-cells-fan-mattress-shanmugam-2788236

Singapore - Mental health support given for prison inmates with mild and severe conditions

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/mental-health-support-given-for-inmates-with-mild-and-severe-conditions

Europe

England and Wales - Prison 'congratulated' as report reveals 8 convicts and 57 staff caught covid during pandemic

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/prison-congratulated-report-reveals-8-24384651

England and Wales - Investigation launched after death of prisoner at HMP Styal

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/investigation-launched-after-death-prisoner-24389995

Irish Prison Service to be placed on statutory basis

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/irish-prison-service-to-be-placed-on-statutory-basis

Ireland - High number of prisoners with mental health issues raised as State faces exam over human rights record

https://www.irishtimes.com/crime-law/2022/07/03/high-number-of-prisoners-with-mental-health-issues-raised-as-state-faces-exam-over-human-rights-record/

Oceania

Australia - Overcrowding creates 'unacceptable' prison conditions at Darwin Correctional Centre, lawyers claim

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-04/nt-prison-overcrowding/101196858

New Zealand - Prison labour used in new Waikeria Prison build in wake of riot

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/129163175/prison-labour-used-in-new-waikeria-prison-build-in-wake-of-riot

 

News 1 July

Africa

Ghana - Prison reform advocates reiterate calls for non-custodial sentencing

https://www.myjoyonline.com/prison-reform-advocates-reiterate-calls-for-non-custodial-sentencing/

Americas

US - Are Virtual Court Proceedings Here To Stay? All Signs Point To Yes.

https://abovethelaw.com/2022/06/are-virtual-court-proceedings-here-to-stay-all-signs-point-to-yes/

US - Rising COVID cases are forcing Kansas to move inmates between prisons

https://www.kcur.org/news/2022-06-30/rising-covid-cases-are-forcing-kansas-to-move-inmates-between-prisons

US - 80 people in Oregon’s federal prison go on hunger strike

http://ktvz.com/news/2022/06/30/80-people-in-oregons-federal-prison-go-on-hunger-strike/

Asia

India - 12 prisoners, 7 officers hurt during clashes at Delhi’s Tihar jail

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/12-prisoners-7-officers-hurt-during-clashes-at-delhi-s-tihar-jail-101656612507859.html

Europe

Belgium - ‘Let us in!’: Saint-Gilles prison outreach staff protest entry restrictions

https://www.brusselstimes.com/247663/let-us-in-saint-gilles-prison-outreach-staff-protest-entry-limitations

Luxembourg - Six Schrassig prison officers targeted in brutal attack

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1935280.html

 

News 30 June

Americas

Bermuda - New officers being trained, but prisons are still short of staff

https://www.royalgazette.com/crime/news/article/20220629/new-officers-being-trained-but-prisons-are-still-short-of-staff/

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners locked up with too little to do, inspectors say

https://www.tivysideadvertiser.co.uk/news/20245146.prisoners-locked-little-inspectors-say/

England and Wales - Women in Prison: Remand in Custody

https://www.thejusticegap.com/women-in-prison-remand-in-custody/

The overcrowded Welsh prison failing to look after the healthcare needs of inmates

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/overcrowded-welsh-prison-failing-look-24356162

 

News 29 June

Americas

Canada - ‘Crisis’ in federal correctional institutions due to parole programing backlog, lawyer says

https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/37589

Canada - How Ontario's new Justice Centres are rethinking criminal justice

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/how-ontario-s-new-justice-centres-are-rethinking-criminal-justice-1.6503979

COVID-19 mortality rates by race and ethnicity in U.S. state prisons

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220628/COVID-19-mortality-rates-by-race-and-ethnicity-in-US-state-prisons.aspx

US (Oregon) - Inmates at federal prison complex in Sheridan went on hunger strike in protest of extensive lockdowns, poor conditions

https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2022/06/inmates-at-federal-prison-complex-in-sheridan-went-on-hunger-strike-in-protest-of-extensive-lockdowns-poor-conditions.html

Asia

Hong Kong - Justice has to remain fair and open in push for remote hearings

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3183385/justice-has-remain-fair-and-open-push-remote-hearings

India - Corona outbreak in Bihar jails as 80 inmates found positive, 37 from Beur Central Jail

https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/bihar-37-inmates-of-beur-central-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19

Thailand bars prisons from using inmates to make fishing nets

https://news.trust.org/item/20220628130031-asg2c/

Europe

How has COVID-19 affected the mental health of prison staff in England?

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20220629/How-has-COVID-19-affected-the-mental-health-of-prison-staff-in-England.aspx

England and Wales - HMP Winchester Governor promises improvements after critical prison inspection report

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2022-06-28/hmp-winchester-governor-promises-improvements-after-critical-inspection-report

 

News 28 June

Africa

Ghana - Sunyani Central Prisons to create separate cell blocks for inmates with minor offences

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Sunyani-Central-Prisons-to-create-separate-cell-blocks-for-inmates-with-minor-offences-1570220

Americas

Colombian jail riot leaves 49 inmates dead

https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/law-and-order/colombian-jail-riot-leaves-49-inmates-dead-c-7331559

US - Supreme Court rules for inmates seeking reduced prison terms

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-washington-supreme-court-district-court-sonia-sotomayor-b2110335.html

US - Health care in jails and prisons is terrible. The pandemic made it even worse.

https://www.vox.com/23175978/health-care-prison-jail-covid-pandemic

Asia

Iran - Four Inmates Sick with Tuberculosis at Qarchak Prison

https://iranwire.com/en/prisoners/105226-four-inmates-sick-with-tuberculosis-at-qarchak-prison

Europe

England and Wales - Raft of major justice reforms come into force

https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/national/20239426.raft-major-justice-reforms-come-force/

Oceania

New Zealand - Corrections drops vaccine requirements for prison visitors and staff

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/heather-du-plessis-allan-drive/audio/leigh-marsh-corrections-deputy-national-commissioner-on-dropping-vaccine-requirements-for-visitors-and-staff/

 

News 25-27 June

Africa

Ghana - We have a proposal to establish community service structure for convicts – Deputy Attorney-General

https://www.myjoyonline.com/we-have-a-proposal-to-establish-community-service-structure-for-convicts-deputy-attorney-general/

Americas

US - Department Of Justice Proposes Final Rule To End CARES Act For Home Confinement For Federal Prisoners

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/06/25/department-of-justice-proposes-final-rule-to-end-cares-act-for-home-confinement-for-federal-prisoners/?sh=751723a654ec

US - Many people recently released from prison find themselves left behind by technology. A new program gets them up to speed.

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/news/2022/06/27/tech-program-helps-people-released-prison-learn-computer-internet-smartphone-skills/7490164001/

US - Formerly Incarcerated Women in Tennessee Win Reforms Ending Shackled Births

https://truthout.org/articles/formerly-incarcerated-women-in-tennessee-win-reforms-ending-shackled-births/

Asia

India - Nine inmates test positive as Covid-19 cluster found in Nagpur jail

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/nine-inmates-test-positive-as-covid-19-cluster-found-in-nagpur-jail-101656167853906-amp.html

India - State prisons have 166% more inmates than capacity

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/pune-news/state-prisons-have-166-more-inmates-than-capacity-101656271357288.html

Europe

England and Wales - Dental care at Teesside prison slammed as 'unacceptable' in annual report

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/dental-care-teesside-prison-slammed-24279867

England and Wales - New treatment launched to prevent suicides in four men's prisons in the north

https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2022-06-27/new-treatment-launched-to-prevent-prisoner-suicide

England and Wales - Prisoners kept in beyond sentences

https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/events/173203/prisoners-kept-in-beyond-sentences.html

Ireland - Prison inspector to cover all detention centres under draft laws

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40903196.html

Scotland - Substance use experts tackle health inequalities among people released from prison

https://www.stir.ac.uk/news/2022/june-2022-news/substance-use-experts-tackle-health-inequalities-among-people-released-from-prison/

 

News 24 June

Americas

Canada - Proposed class-action lawsuit targets Ottawa over prison practice set to become illegal

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/charter-rights-dry-cell-lawsuit-1.6487153

Haiti: dozens of inmates starve to death as malnutrition crisis engulfs prisons

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/23/haiti-prisons-starvation-un-deaths-crisis

US - The Graying of America’s Prison Population

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/06/23/the-graying-of-americas-prison-population/

US - As Governments Push Us “Back to Normal,” Don’t Forget About Prison Conditions

https://truthout.org/articles/as-governments-push-us-back-to-normal-dont-forget-about-prison-conditions/

Europe

Prisoners on remand soared to highest level during pandemic as Scotland's prison population fell

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20230498.prisoners-remand-soared-highest-level-pandemic-scotlands-prison-population-fell/

One in ten Swiss offenders held in non-prison facilities

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/one-in-ten-swiss-offenders-held-in-non-prison-facilities/47699774

 

News 23 June

Africa

Caged and Neglected, the Plight of the Ghanaian Prisoner

https://allafrica.com/stories/202206220303.html

Americas

Canada - Addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system in Québec

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/addressing-the-overrepresentation-of-indigenous-people-in-the-criminal-justice-system-in-quebec-879634026.html

US - Chronic Punishment: The unmet health needs of people in state prisons

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/chronicpunishment.html

US - Philadelphia’s troubled jails would get independent oversight in proposed ballot measure

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia-prison-oversight-board-jail-violence-20220623.html

US - 3 N.Y.C. Detainees Die in Less Than a Week, Bringing Year’s Total to 9

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/22/nyregion/rikers-inmate-deaths.html

Asia

Cambodia - Prisoners receiving fifth Covid-19 vaccinations

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prisoners-receiving-fifth-covid-19-vaccinations

Malaysia - Prisons driving inmates mad, says NGO

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/06/23/prisons-driving-inmates-mad-says-ngo/

Myanmar - Junta refuses ICRC request to visit prisoners and allow prison visitors

https://www.mizzima.com/article/junta-refuses-icrc-request-visit-prisoners-and-allow-prison-visitors

Europe

England and Wales - Prison to get new workshop to help inmates find jobs on release

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/wayland-prison-to-get-new-workshop-9089516

Inmates in Turkish prisons continue hunger strike despite deteriorating health

https://stockholmcf.org/inmates-in-turkish-prisons-continue-hunger-strike-despite-deteriorating-health/

 

News 21 June

Americas

Canada - Ottawa woman, group allege Ontario law on jail strip searches unconstitutional

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-woman-group-allege-ontario-law-on-jail-strip-searches-unconstitutional

US - “Mental Health Units” in Prison Are Solitary Confinement by Another Name, Activists Say

https://truthout.org/articles/mental-health-units-in-prison-are-solitary-by-another-name-activists-say/

Asia

Building of Malaysia’s ‘largest’ prison not helpful in addressing overcrowding or root issues of crime, say experts and NGO

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/06/21/building-of-malaysias-largest-prison-not-helpful-in-addressing-overcrowding-or-root-issues-of-crime-say-experts-and-ngo/13325

Europe

Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty in Europe: annual statistics for 2021

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/home/-/asset_publisher/ke6Wfgn94238/content/sanctions-and-measures-without-deprivation-of-liberty-in-europe-annual-statistics-for-2021?inheritRedirect=false&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.coe.int%2Fen%2Fweb%2Fportal%2Fhome%3Fp_p_id%3D101_INSTANCE_ke6Wfgn94238%26p_p_lifecycle%3D0%26p_p_state%3Dnormal%26p_p_mode%3Dview%26p_p_col_id%3Dcolumn-1%26p_p_col_count%3D3

England and Wales - If you decide to cut staff, people die’: how Nottingham prison descended into chaos

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/21/how-nottingham-prison-descended-into-chaos-staff-cuts-austerity-violence

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange: Concern over rise in prison assaults

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-61849242

Scottish lawyers express dissatisfaction with virtual court system - new survey

https://www.scotsman.com/business/scottish-lawyers-express-dissatisfaction-with-virtual-court-system-new-survey-3737936

 

News 18-20 June

Asia

India - Need to hire 400 more staff members to give phone, video call access to jail inmates: Maha govt tells HC

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/2079495-need-to-hire-400-more-staff-members-to-give-phone-video-call-access-to-jail-inmates-maha-govt-tells-hc

Malaysia’s largest prison, which could house 3,000, to be built in Kelantan, says Home Ministry

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/06/19/malaysias-largest-prison-which-could-house-3000-to-be-built-in-kelantan-says-home-ministry/13126

Malaysian prison invites big companies to join inmate rehabilitation programmes

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/malaysian-prison-invites-big-companies-to-join-inmate-rehabilitation-programmes-BB9344751

Europe

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, May 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-may-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-may-2022

England and Wales - £500 million boost to create thousands of new prison places

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/500-million-boost-to-create-thousands-of-new-prison-places

New data reveals the decline in access to justice in England and Wales

https://www.politicshome.com/members/article/new-data-reveals-the-decline-in-access-to-justice-in-england-and-wales

Thousands of victims of violent and sexual crime stuck in England and Wales court backlog

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/jun/18/thousands-victims-violent-sexual-crime-stuck-england-wales-courts-backlog

Landline phones being installed in every prison cell in Ireland

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40899083.html

One in four UK prisoners has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, says report

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/18/uk-prisoners-attention-deficit-disorder-adhd-prison

Oceania

Australia - More unrest at troubled WA juvenile prison

https://7news.com.au/politics/more-unrest-at-troubled-wa-juvenile-prison-c-7230717

New Zealand - Nearly 800 frontline prison jobs unstaffed as guards quit 'in droves'

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/128981532/nearly-800-frontline-prison-jobs-unstaffed-as-guards-quit-in-droves

 

News 17 June

Americas

Canada - Backlogged justice system can’t return to pre-pandemic ways, chief justice warns

https://www.saanichnews.com/news/backlogged-justice-system-cant-return-to-pre-pandemic-ways-chief-justice-warns/

US - Report: Oklahoma Prisons Plagued With Staffing Shortages, Operational Inefficiencies

https://oklahomawatch.org/2022/06/16/report-oklahoma-prisons-plagued-with-staffing-shortages-operational-inefficiencies/

US (New York) - Proposed legislation would ban most solitary confinement at Rikers

https://gothamist.com/news/proposed-legislation-would-ban-most-solitary-confinement-at-rikers

Asia

India prison report: More than 75% of those in jail are not convicts but undertrials

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/in-depth/india-prison-report-more-than-75-of-those-in-jail-are-not-convicts-but-undertrials/videoshow/92257750.cms

India - 1,440 convicts, out on Covid parole, yet to return to jails

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/1440-convicts-out-on-covid-parole-yet-to-return-to-jails/articleshow/92269778.cms

Europe

England and Wales - Covid saw HMP Bure prisoners locked in cells for 23 hours a day

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/hmp-bure-norfolk-prisoners-locked-in-cells-covid-9041730

France urged to drastically improve situation in overcrowded jails

https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220617-france-urged-to-drastically-improve-situation-in-overcrowded-jails-prison-oip-amnesty-international

Oceania

Australia (NSW) - Law Society briefs AG on benefits of retaining COVID court measures for fairer access to justice

https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/law-society-briefs-ag-on-benefits-of-retaining-covid-court-measures-for-fairer-access-to-justice/

 

News 16 June

Africa

Nigeria - Senate seeks trial of prison officials over illegal remand of children

https://thenationonlineng.net/senate-seeks-trial-of-prison-officials-over-illegal-remand-of-children/

Americas

Canada - Prisons are failing to comply with solitary confinement reforms: senators

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/372028/Prisons-are-failing-to-comply-with-solitary-confinement-reforms-senators

El Salvador's Security Crackdown May Feed Gang Recruitment

https://insightcrime.org/news/el-salvador-security-crackdown-gang-recruitment-drive/

US prison workers produce $11bn worth of goods and services a year for pittance

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/15/us-prison-workers-low-wages-exploited

US (Ohio) - Women more likely in prison due to drugs than men, study finds

https://www.toledoblade.com/local/courts/2022/06/15/women-more-likely-in-prison-due-to-drugs-than-men-study-finds/stories/20220615110

Asia

New UAE law to help convicts find job after serving prison term

https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2022/06/15/new-uae-law-will-help-convicts-find-job-after-jail-term-and-lead-normal-life

Europe

England and Wales - Sentencing for serious offences has ‘lost its way’, says report

https://www.thejusticegap.com/sentencing-for-serious-offences-has-lost-its-way-says-report/

Oceania

Australia - WA prisons introducing full-body X-ray scanners to detect hidden contraband

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-prisons-introducing-full-body-x-ray-scanners-to-detect-hidden-contraband-20220614-p5atmx.html

 

News 15 June

Americas

US - The land of the free leads the world in incarceration. Why?

https://www.vox.com/features/23150068/us-prisons-crime-juneteenth-freedom-2022

US - 1st federal prison to experience COVID-19 outbreak now short-staffed: Officials

https://abcnews.go.com/US/1st-federal-prison-experience-covid-19-outbreak-now/story?id=85388967

Asia

India - Jail inmates-run fuel station to operate 24x7 in Kurukshetra

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/jail-inmates-run-fuel-station-to-operate-24x7-in-kurukshetra-403928

Pakistan - ‘Blood Screening Mandatory For Jail Inmates’

https://nation.com.pk/2022/06/15/blood-screening-mandatory-for-jail-inmates/

Europe

Belgium - Release prisoners six months early to tackle overcrowding, says Justice Minister

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/238881/release-prisoners-six-months-early-to-tackle-overcrowding-says-justice-minister

England and Wales - Prison leavers tagged to cut alcohol-fuelled crime

https://www.rugbyobserver.co.uk/lifestyle/prison-leavers-tagged-to-cut-alcohol-fuelled-crime-39170/

 

News 14 June

Asia

India’s prisons need administrative reforms

https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-perspective/india-s-prisons-need-administrative-reforms-1117899.html

Japan - EDITORIAL: Revised penal code should help in rehabilitation of prison inmates

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14644268

Pakistan - Jail officers ordered to enforce prisons reforms

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/966001-jail-officers-ordered-to-enforce-prisons-reforms

Europe

Belgium ordered to tackle worsening situation in prisons

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/237756/belgium-ordered-to-tackle-worsening-situation-in-prisons

England and Wales - End to Friday prison releases to cut crime

https://www.policeprofessional.com/news/end-to-friday-prison-releases-to-cut-crime/

England and Wales - No showers, 23 and a half hour lock-ups and bad food, says prisoner at Doncaster jail

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/no-showers-23-and-a-half-hour-lock-ups-and-bad-food-says-prisoner-at-doncaster-jail-3730801

Ireland - Prison pilot project strengthens family ties

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0613/1304667-prison-pilot-project-strengthens-family-ties/

 

News 11-13 June

Africa

Zimbabwe - Inmates narrate Remand Prison horror, trash new virtual courts system

https://www.newzimbabwe.com/inmates-narrate-remand-prison-horror-trash-new-virtual-courts-system/

Americas

Canada Moves to Decriminalize Possession of ‘Hard’ Drugs

https://www.wired.com/story/canada-moves-to-decriminalize-possession-of-hard-drugs/

Asia

India - In new policy, UP removes 60-year age bar for release of life-term prisoners

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/in-new-policy-up-removes-60-year-age-bar-for-release-of-life-term-prisoners-7963635/

India - Starting afresh: how women at Tihar jail are upskilling, breaking stereotypes

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/starting-afresh-how-women-at-tihar-jail-are-upskilling-breaking-stereotypes/article65521055.ece

Japan passes bill to make online insults punishable with prison time

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/06/13/national/crime-legal/cyberbullying-bill/

Guards deny female inmates drinking water after protest in Myanmar’s Insein Prison

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/insein-06102022190825.html

Pakistan - As judicial lock-up runs out of space, police opt for e-hearing

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2361310/as-judicial-lock-up-runs-out-of-space-police-opt-for-e-hearing

Europe

‘Digital reintegration’: Video visits remain popular in Belgian prisons

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/237689/digital-reintegration-video-visits-remain-popular-in-belgian-prisons

 

News 10 June

Asia

Thailand decriminalizes cannabis, becomes first Asian country to remove ban

https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/thailand-decriminalizes-cannabis-becomes-first-asian-country-to-remove-ban-122061000239_1.html

Europe

Danish government fails to fund Kosovo prison over EU law row

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/danish-government-fails-to-fund-kosovo-prison-over-eu-law-row/

England and Wales - Crown Court backlog increases

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/contact-or-visit-us/press-office/press-releases/crown-court-backlog-increases

England and Wales - Prison on lockdown with families unable to visit and inmates 'unable to shower'

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/prison-lockdown-families-unable-visit-24184810

Scotland - Concern expressed over courts system backlog

https://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/crime/concern-expressed-over-courts-system-backlog-3726933

 

News 9 June

Africa

Kenya - Radical inmates and congestion pose challenge for prisons, says Matiang'i

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2022-06-08-radical-inmates-and-congestion-pose-challenge-for-prisons-says-matiangi/

Video Showing How Prisoners In Zimbabwe Sleep Divides Opinion

https://iharare.com/video-showing-how-prisoners-in-zimbabwe-sleep-divides-opinion/

Americas

US - Biden's sentencing panel noms vow to implement criminal justice reform law

https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/bidens-sentencing-panel-noms-vow-implement-criminal-justice-reform-law-2022-06-08/

Asia

Thailand - Thousands of cannabis offenders being released, but not all

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2323118/thousands-of-cannabis-offenders-being-released-but-not-all

Europe

Scotland - SNP plans to cut prisoner numbers branded 'complete madness'

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20197955.snp-plans-cut-prisoner-numbers-branded-complete-madness/

 

News 8 June

Africa

Kenya - Gov’t commits to developing infrastructure in prisons

https://www.kbc.co.ke/govt-commits-to-developing-infrastructure-in-prisons/

South Africa: The Justice System Is Showing Signs of Rot

https://allafrica.com/stories/202206070736.html

Americas

Canada - In-person visits suspended at B.C. prison after COVID-19 outbreak

https://globalnews.ca/news/8903181/covid-matsqui-institution-in-person-visits-suspended/

US (Missouri) - Nonprofit trains prison inmates to help fill technology worker shortage

https://www.foxbusiness.com/media/nonprofit-trains-prison-inmates-to-help-fill-technology-worker-shortage

Asia

Fears of tuberculosis outbreak at Bahraini prison

https://www.middleeasteye.net/video/fears-tuberculosis-outbreak-bahraini-prison

Europe

England and Wales - Prison and Probation Service’s tagging ambition ‘outstripped its ability to deliver’

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252521117/Prison-and-Probation-Service-tagging-ambition-outstripped-its-ability-to-deliver

Presumed innocent but detained for months pretrial in Germany and EU

https://www.dw.com/en/presumed-innocent-but-detained-for-months-pretrial-in-germany-and-eu/a-61983097

Russian MPs vote to quit European Court of Human Rights

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/6/7/russia-exits-european-court-of-human-rights-jurisdiction

Prison overcrowding remains a problem in prisons in French-speaking Switzerland: Anti-torture committee report

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/prison-overcrowding-remains-a-problem-in-prisons-in-french-speaking-switzerland-anti-torture-committee-report

Oceania

Australia - Advocates concerned over use of isolation in Victoria’s youth justice system, despite drop in numbers

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jun/08/advocates-concerned-over-use-of-isolation-in-victorias-youth-justice-system-despite-drop-in-numbers

 

News 2- 7 June

Africa

Reforms in Ghana’s Prisons: The Quest to improve lives of inmates

https://newsghana.com.gh/reforms-in-ghanas-prisons-the-quest-to-improve-lives-of-inmates/

South Africa - Over-populated prisons a concern as crime rises in KwaZulu-Natal

https://www.news24.com/witness/news/kzn/over-populated-prisons-a-concern-as-crime-rises-in-kwazulu-natal-20220604

Zimbabwe - Chikurubi prison falling apart

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/06/chikurubi-prison-falling-apart/

Americas

Barbados - Dodds’ COVID cases ‘manageable’

https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/06/02/dodds-covid-cases-manageable/

El Salvador accused of ‘massive’ human rights violations with 2% of adults in prison

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/02/el-salvador-human-rights-violations-bukele-amnesty

US - ‘Too little too late’: Unpacking Biden’s moves to improve federal prisons’ response to Covid-19

https://www.statnews.com/2022/06/03/biden-moves-improve-prison-response-covid/

In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult US courts

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-connecticut-philadelphia-data-washington-b2094833.html

US - Michigan prisons ban Spanish and Swahili dictionaries to prevent inmate disruptions

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/02/1102164439/michigan-prisons-ban-spanish-and-swahili-dictionaries-to-prevent-inmate-disrupti

US (North Carolina) - Prisons were some of the hardest hit places during the pandemic. What are the next steps forward?

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/06/07/prisons-were-some-of-the-hardest-hit-places-during-the-pandemic-what-are-the-next-steps-forward/

US - New York’s Prison Package Ban Places New Burdens On The Incarcerated

https://theappeal.org/new-york-prison-package-ban/

US - Inmate Shuffle: How California Bounces Around Its Mentally Ill Prisoners

https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/inmate-shuffle-how-california-bounces-around-its-mentally-ill-prisoners

Asia

Pakistan - Revisions In Jail Manual Proposed To Improve Educational Capacity Of Prisoners

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/revisions-in-jail-manual-proposed-to-improve-1520428.html

Singapore - 87% of probation orders that ended last year successfully completed, highest in a decade: MSF

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/msf-probation-orders-community-rehabilitation-2722486

Sri Lanka - Prison labour to be used to cultivate short-term crops

http://www.dailynews.lk/2022/06/07/local/280346/prison-labour-be-used-cultivate-short-term-crops

Thailand - Prison labour hired to clean Bangkok's drains

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2322150/prison-labour-hired-to-clean-bangkoks-drains

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Price to pay’ for boring prison lockdowns, says chief inspector

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/06/price-to-pay-for-boring-prison-lockdowns-says-chief-inspector

England and Wales - The impact and recovery from COVID-19 for children in custodial settings

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/the-impact-and-recovery-from-covid-19-for-children-in-custodial-settings/137130/

England and Wales - Criminals must pass three new tests before transfer to open prison

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/06/05/criminals-must-pass-three-new-tests-transfer-open-prison/

Oceania

Australia - Inhumane conditions in Tas prison: judge

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7766528/inhumane-conditions-in-tas-prison-judge/

New Zealand - Mt Eden prison staff crisis: 102 vacancies, double-bunking to increase nationally

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/mt-eden-prison-staff-crisis-102-vacancies-double-bunking-to-increase-nationally/RQZRSDVCOOXGYFTVMV4N3EVGOU/

 

News 1 June

Americas

Canada - Prison service must do more to remove barriers for Indigenous, Black offenders: AG

https://www.therecord.com/ts/politics/2022/05/31/prison-service-must-do-more-to-remove-barriers-for-indigenous-black-offenders-ag.html

US - How the newest federal prison became one of the deadliest

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/31/1100954134/federal-prison-deaths-usp-thomson-illinois-prison

US - Enrollment in Prisons Continued to Climb, Despite the Pandemic

https://www.diverseeducation.com/students/article/15292591/enrollment-in-prisons-continued-to-climb-despite-the-pandemic

Europe

Malta - Slashing court delays ‘a priority’ – Justice Minister

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/slashing-court-delays-a-priority-justice-minister.958777

Oceania

Australia - Submissions to Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce reveal systemic and community failure

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-06-01/sexual-assault-womens-safety-justice-taskforce-mcmurdo/101115900

 

News 31 May

Americas

Canada - Overrepresentation of Indigenous Women in Jails Hits Record Levels in BC

https://thetyee.ca/News/2022/05/31/Overrepresentation-Indigenous-Women-In-Jail/

Traumatised families demand reforms after Ecuador prison riots

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/30/traumatised-families-demand-reforms-after-ecuador-prison-riots

The El Salvador diaries: The psychology of mass incarceration

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/5/30/the-el-salvador-diaries-the-psychology-of-mass-incarceration

US - First Step Act Inaction Keeps Federal Inmates In Prison

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/05/30/first-step-act-inaction-keeps-federal-inmates-in-prison/?sh=11bf24557618

Asia

India - Govt relaxes rules for early release of convicts from jail

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/govt-relaxes-rules-for-early-release-ofconvicts-from-jail/articleshow/91904676.cms

Nepal - Custodial deaths continue with little being done towards investigation

https://kathmandupost.com/national/2022/05/31/custodial-deaths-continue-with-little-being-done-towards-investigation

S. Korean rights watchdog urges resolution of prison overcrowding

https://www.punjabnewsexpress.com/news/news/skorean-rights-watchdog-urges-resolution-of-prison-overcrowding-167524

Europe

England and Wales - New jails may not open due to lack of staff, prisons chief admits

https://insidetime.org/new-jails-may-not-open-due-to-lack-of-staff-prisons-chief-admits/

England and Wales - Forest Bank Prison is damned by inspectors despite beefing up security and major refurbishment

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/forest-bank-prison-damned-inspectors-24101017

England and Wales - Frustration as prisoners’ time out of cell at HMP Belmarsh cut due to staff shortages

https://www.thejusticegap.com/frustration-as-prisoners-time-out-of-cell-at-hmp-belmarsh-cut-due-to-staff-shortages/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prison riots: Corrections to centrally record squad deployments after Newstalk ZB investigation

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/prison-riots-corrections-to-centrally-record-squad-deployments-after-newstalk-zb-investigation/DPODWPUAQHIWGLPHLITWST4UFY/

 

News 28 – 30 May

Africa

People for Peace: Breaking prison barriers in Central African Republic

https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/621110/World/Africa/People-for-Peace-Breaking-prison-barriers-in-Central-African-Republic?ref=rss&format=simple&link=link

Americas

Canada supreme court rules life without chance of parole is ‘cruel’ and illegal

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/27/canada-supreme-court-life-without-parole-cruel-unconstitutional

Canada - Fed up with lockdowns, some Springhill prison inmates actively trying to get COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/springhill-institution-inmates-restrictions-covid-19-policies-1.6466686

US - Aging in Prison: How Older Generations Fight for Dignity and Release

https://rafu.com/2022/05/aging-in-prison-how-older-generations-fight-for-dignity-and-release/

US - Crime is low, but Connecticut’s prison population is on the rise again. Here’s why.

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/Crime-is-low-but-Connecticut-s-prison-17204080.php

Europe

England and Wales - Number of violent attacks at Gartree Prison fell dramatically during the Covid lockdowns

https://www.harboroughmail.co.uk/news/defence/number-of-violent-attacks-at-gartree-prison-fell-dramatically-during-the-covid-lockdowns-3711777

Scotland - 'Ground-breaking' American trauma project being delivered at Barlinnie

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/20172067.ground-breaking-american-trauma-project-delivered-barlinnie/

Oceania

Australia - Prison healthcare contractor denies cover-up after Indigenous woman’s death

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/prison-healthcare-contractor-denies-cover-up-after-indigenous-woman-s-death-20220527-p5ap32.html

 

News 27 May

Africa

Non-custodial sentencing key to reducing congestion in Ghana’s prisons – Prison Service

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Non-custodial-sentencing-key-to-reducing-congestion-in-Ghana-s-prisons-Prison-Service-1546643

Americas

US - The 1990s Law That Keeps People in Prison on Technicalities

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/05/26/the-1990s-law-that-keeps-people-in-prison-on-technicalities

US - Biden Moves to Improve Public Health Conditions in Federal Prisons and Jails

https://www.govexec.com/management/2022/05/biden-moves-improve-public-health-conditions-federal-prisons-and-jails/367452/

US - Court denies Oregon’s request to scrap lawsuit over prison COVID cases

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/05/26/court-denies-oregon-request-to-scrap-lawsuit-over-prison-covid-cases/

US (Delaware) - State prison system limits vistitors after Covid cases increase in region

https://delawarebusinessnow.com/2022/05/state-prison-system-limits-vistitors-after-covid-cases-increase-in-region/

Asia

Cambodia - Lawyer-inmate rooms at prisons in heavy use

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lawyer-inmate-rooms-prisons-heavy-use

India - State prisons: ‘Mulaqats’ resumed, but poor infra keeps families of prisoners away

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/state-prisons-mulaqats-resumed-but-poor-infra-keeps-families-of-prisoners-away-jail-7938528/

Myanmar - Family members of inmates call for allowing prison visits

https://www.bnionline.net/en/news/family-members-inmates-call-allowing-prison-visits

Europe

Malta - Inmates will meet their children outside prison in new Marsa family room

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/116987/inmates_will_meet_their_children_outside_prison_in_new_marsa_family_room

 

News 26 May

Americas

Canada - Addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system in British Columbia

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/addressing-the-overrepresentation-of-indigenous-peoples-in-the-criminal-justice-system-in-british-columbia-851476240.html

US - Three years after ICIJ’s ‘Solitary Voices,’ isolation still commonplace in US prisons and detention centers

https://www.icij.org/investigations/solitary-voices/three-years-after-icijs-solitary-voices-isolation-still-commonplace-in-us-prisons-and-detention-centers/

US - Cost of Calls Weighs on Prisoners’ Families as CFPB Cracks Down

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/banking-law/cost-of-calls-weighs-on-prisoners-families-as-cfpb-cracks-down

US - ‘Always a possibility of change’: incarcerated teens seek justice as adults

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/26/since-i-been-down-documentary-prison-justice-redemption

Asia

Rights Of Indian Prisoners To Equitable Wages And Application Of Labor Laws In Prisons

https://www.livelaw.in/columns/prison-security-act-constitution-prisoners-minimum-wages-act-model-prison-manual-200129

Europe

England and Wales - Justice minister denies ‘legal aid advice deserts’ in face of evidence of widespread failures

https://www.thejusticegap.com/justice-minister-denies-legal-aid-advice-deserts-in-face-of-evidence-of-widespread-failures/

Oceania

New Zealand - Deputy director among nine Rimutaka Prison staff suspended amid corruption probe

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/128763975/deputy-director-among-nine-rimutaka-prison-staff-suspended-amid-corruption-probe

 

News 25 May 

Africa

Egypt issued highest number of death sentences worldwide in 2021

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-highest-number-death-sentences-world-2021

Ghana Prisons Service calls for more vocational establishments in prisons

https://www.myjoyonline.com/ghana-prisons-service-calls-for-more-vocational-establishments-in-prisons/

South Africa: Why Independent Healthcare Inside Prisons Is Vital

https://allafrica.com/stories/202205250168.html

Americas

‘Like living in a concentration camp’: Haitian prisons run out of food and water

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article261758132.html

Asia

Malaysia - Set up independent panel to monitor prison conditions, govt told

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/05/25/set-up-independent-panel-to-monitor-prison-conditions-govt-told/

Malaysia - Prison reform: Suaram identifies issues, solutions in latest report

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/622407

Europe

England and Wales - Winchester prison is 'one of the most violent prisons in the country'

https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/20163716.winchester-continued-one-violent-prisons-country---report/

 

News 24 May

Americas

US - Supreme Court makes it tougher for inmates to win release from prison due to bad lawyering claims

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/23/supreme-court-decision-makes-it-tougher-for-inmates-to-win-release-from-prison.html

US - Compassionate release for aging prisoners isn't enough

https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2022/05/24/compassionate-release-armand-coleman-sarah-laughlin

US - Mass. has lowest incarceration rate in 35 years; experts say there is room to improve

https://www.gazettenet.com/Mass-prison-population-46486834

Asia

India - Mental health report required before sentencing anyone to death, says Supreme Court

https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/mental-health-report-required-before-sentencing-anyone-to-death-says-supreme-court-article-91758468

S. Korea installs sensors to prevent suicides in new military prison

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220524000243

Thailand - 2% of inmates are mentally ill

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2314606/2-of-inmates-are-mentally-ill

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoners screened for Hepatitis C in Lewes Prison as part of efforts to eliminate virus

https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2022-05-24/prisoners-screened-for-hepatitis-c-as-part-of-efforts-to-eliminate-virus-by-2025

Turkey extends COVID-19 leaves for convicts till July 2023

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkey-extends-covid-19-leaves-for-convicts-till-july-2023/news

 

News 20 – 23 May

Americas

US - Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bureau-of-prisons-ap-jon-ossoff-senate-bill-b2083583.html

US - Two Years of COVID-19 Have Fueled a Crisis of Isolation in Prisons

https://www.vera.org/news/two-years-of-covid-19-have-fueled-a-crisis-of-isolation-in-prisons

Asia

Thailand - New Phuket prison already 85% full

https://www.thephuketnews.com/new-phuket-prison-already-85-full-84300.php

Europe

England and Wales - Children carrying weapons at most violent prison in England, inspectors warn

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/children-england-wales-staffordshire-stokeontrent-b1001241.html

England and Wales - New centre to be piloted as alternative to prison for women convicted of low-level crimes

https://nation.cymru/news/new-centre-to-be-piloted-as-alternative-to-prison-for-women-convicted-of-low-level-crimes/

England and Wales - Open up regimes more quickly, urges HMIP

https://insidetime.org/open-up-regimes-more-quickly-urges-hmip/

Human rights organizations demand to know if Turkish authorities have taken precautions against COVID-19 as prisons are set to return to full capacity

https://stockholmcf.org/human-rights-organizations-demand-to-know-if-turkish-authorities-have-taken-precautions-against-covid-19-as-prisons-are-set-to-return-to-full-capacity/

Oceania

Australia - WA prison staffing systems 'shambolic' and 'chaotic', auditor-general report says

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-21/wa-state-prisons-staffing-and-rostering-not-managed-says-review-/101085578

 

News 19 May

Africa

Gambia: TRRC Recommends State Develop Alternative Systems of Imprisonment

https://allafrica.com/stories/202205180568.html

Americas

US - COVID-19 Restrictions May Be Easing, but in Prison We’re Still Here Alone

https://www.vera.org/news/covid-19-restrictions-may-be-easing-but-in-prison-were-still-here-alone

US - Counties Pledge to Break the Cycle Between Jail and Homelessness

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-18/the-costs-of-criminalizing-homelessness

US - Vaccine mandate struck down in court as cases climb in California prisons

https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/california/article261544837.html

Asia

Severe Overcrowding as Israel's Prison Population Hits 15,000

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-severe-overcrowding-as-israel-s-prison-population-hits-15-000-1.10808767

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Humber prison to step up procedures after inmate dies following fall in protest over missing medication

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/hmp-humber-prison-to-step-up-procedures-after-inmate-dies-following-fall-in-protest-over-missing-medication-3699633

England and Wales - Defendants incorrectly remanded in custody as a result of a widespread misuse of Bail Act

https://www.thejusticegap.com/defendants-incorrectly-remanded-in-custody-as-a-result-of-a-widespread-misuse-of-bail-act/

England and Wales - Crown courts ‘struggling’ to find enough judges and lawyers to deal with backlog

https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/national/20147949.crown-courts-struggling-find-enough-judges-lawyers-deal-backlog/

Assaults on staff by inmates in Irish prisons rose by 30% in 2021

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/assaults-staff-inmates-irish-prisons-26999715

 

News 18 May

Africa

Gambia - TRRC hints need for prison facilities with democratic standards

https://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/headlines/trrc-hints-need-for-prison-facilities-with-democratic-standards

Liberia: LNBA Wants Gov’t Construct More Prison Facilities

https://www.liberianobserver.com/liberia-lnba-wants-govt-construct-more-prison-facilities

Americas

Mexico - Chief justice’s visit with inmates highlights the vices of preventative prison

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/chief-justices-visit-with-inmates-highlights-the-vices-of-preventative-prison/

US (Pennsylvania) - Despite high vaccination rates among Pa. prisoners, some COVID restrictions remain in place

https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/05/pa-covid-prison-mitigation-update/

Europe

The impact of COVID-19 vaccination in prisons in England and Wales: a metapopulation model

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-13219-4

England and Wales - 'Chaotic' adult prison education system crying out for overhaul

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/203/education-committee/news/170850/chaotic-adult-prison-education-system-crying-out-for-overhaul/

Ireland - Pop-up prison restaurant aiming to train inmates as chefs and waitstaff in bid to solve hospitality staff crisis

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/pop-up-prison-restaurant-aiming-to-train-inmates-as-chefs-and-waitstaff-in-bid-to-solve-hospitality-staff-crisis-41659583.html

Phone seizures in Irish prisons double in five years

https://www.newstalk.com/news/phone-seizures-in-irish-prisons-double-in-five-years-1343468

 

News 17 May

Africa

Kenya: Utilize New Dispute Resolution Methods to Decongest Courts, Expedite Justice - Koome

https://allafrica.com/stories/202205170326.html

Americas

Canada - Documents show a pattern of human rights abuses against gender diverse prisoners

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/documents-show-a-pattern-of-human-rights-abuses-against-gender-diverse-prisoners-1.5905364

Cuba's new penal code keeps death penalty as an option

https://en.mercopress.com/2022/05/17/cuba-s-new-penal-code-keeps-death-penalty-as-an-option

Will Soaring Arrests in El Salvador Overwhelm its Prisons?

https://insightcrime.org/news/elsalvador-arrests-overwhelm-prisons/

US - How the pandemic affected incarcerated people and their loved ones

https://prismreports.org/2022/05/16/pandemic-incarcerated-people-families/

Asia

850 foreigners doing time in Nepali prisons

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/850-foreigners-doing-time-in-nepali-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Women are more likely to become homeless after being released from prison than men, analysis shows

https://inews.co.uk/news/women-more-likely-become-homeless-after-prison-release-men-1630738

England and Wales - UK criminal justice creaking under ‘unacceptable’ levels of delay

https://www.ft.com/content/5147c8a4-972a-4b45-8f81-3409425f0d16

Ireland - Judge criticises prison service over hearing delays

https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/naas/812989/judge-criticises-prison-service-over-hearing-delays.html

 

News 14 – 16 May

Africa

Ghana - Criminalization of drumming, begging not justified – Head of GIMPA Law Department

https://www.myjoyonline.com/criminalization-of-drumming-begging-not-justified-head-of-gimpa-law-department/

Americas

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons boss weighs conjugal visits for ‘good’ inmates

https://guardian.co.tt/news/prisons-boss-weighs-conjugal-visits-for-good-inmates-6.2.1493277.690a21264b

Some U.S. inmates released under COVID protocols challenge orders to return to prison

https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/some-u-s-inmates-released-under-covid-protocols-challenge-orders-to-return-to-prison

Asia

Philippines - 1 dead, 9 injured in QC jail riot

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/5/13/Quezon-City-jail-riot-May-13.html

Thailand - Prisons must not force released inmates to quarantine: minister

https://www.nationmultimedia.com/in-focus/40015562

Thailand’s Corrections Dept. to resume relatives visit next week

https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/thailands-corrections-dept-to-resume-relatives-visit-next-week-398501

Europe

Cyprus - Delays to implementing juvenile justice system reform

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/05/16/delays-to-implementing-juvenile-justice-system-reform/

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, April 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-april-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-april-2022

Oceania

Australia - NSW government refuses to close legal loophole allowing prison staff to strip-search children

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/may/16/nsw-government-refuses-to-close-legal-loophole-allowing-prison-staff-to-strip-search-children

 

News 13 May

Africa

Ghana - Kumasi Central Prison: 63 per cent of inmates are petty offenders

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Kumasi-Central-Prison-63-per-cent-of-inmates-are-petty-offenders-1536968

South Africa - Wellness drive focuses on improving working conditions of prison staff

https://www.heraldlive.co.za/news/2022-05-12-wellness-drive-focuses-on-improving-working-conditions-of-prison-staff/

Tanzania plans to introduce mobile courts to decongest cases awaiting trial

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2022/05/13/tanzania-plans-to-introduce-mobile-courts-to-decongest-cases-awaiting-trial

Americas

First Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts launched in Guyana

https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/caribbean-news/first-juvenile-drug-treatment-courts-launched-in-guyana/

Jamaica - Prisons to ditch ‘archaic’ paper-based system

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/prisons-to-ditch-archaic-paper-based-system/

US - Female incarceration rates decrease with gender equality in education

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/female-incarceration-rates-decrease-with-gender-equality-in-education/135529/

Asia

Saudi's General Directorate of Prisons launches a remote visit service for first-degree relatives

https://www.zawya.com/en/legal/policy/saudis-general-directorate-of-prisons-launches-a-remote-visit-service-for-first-degree-relatives-ufvj3mcv

Oceania

New Zealand - Corrections staff exodus blamed on wages, conditions, return to pre-pandemic careers

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300587696/corrections-staff-exodus-blamed-on-wages-conditions-return-to-prepandemic-careers

 

News 12 May

Africa

Ghana - ‘You need to perform magic for inmates to eat’ – Chief Superintendent of Prisons

https://www.myjoyonline.com/you-need-to-perform-magic-for-the-inmates-to-eat-chief-superintendent-of-prisons/

Liberia: PFI Renovates Prison Facilities, Appeals for More Help

https://allafrica.com/stories/202205110682.html

Americas

Barbados - COVID-19 cases at Dodds are up

https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/05/11/covid-19-cases-at-dodds-are-up/

Ecuador: New Disorders in Prison Where 44 Prisoners Were Killed

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-New-Disorders-in-Prison-Where-44-Prisoners-Were-Killed-20220511-0010.html

Sint Maarten - Prison director provides IPKO with prison updates

https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/prison-director-provides-ipko-with-prison-updates

U.S. inmates condemned to die are spending more time on death row

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/12/1097184110/death-row-inmates-execution-time?t=1652350493938

Europe

England and Wales - Rape victims give up fight for justice as court delays worsen

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/rape-convictions-court-delays-prosecution-victims-commissioner-dame-vera-baird-b999584.html

 

News 11 May

More than 400,000 new jail places created last year as global prison population hits all time high

https://www.thejusticegap.com/more-than-400000-new-jail-places-created-last-year-as-global-prison-population-hits-all-time-high/

Americas

Canadian prison system failing Indigenous peoples

https://www.therecord.com/opinion/editorials/2022/05/10/canadian-prison-system-failing-indigenous-peoples.html

Ecuador: In light of new prison massacre, authorities must address structural causes

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2022/05/ecuador-prison-massacre-authorities-must-address-structural-causes/

US - Overnight Child Visitation Program returns to Tennessee women's prisons after COVID suspension

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/overnight-child-visitation-program-returns-to-tennessee-womens-prisons-after-covid-suspension

Asia

Israel - Prison health system severely understaffed, lacking in multiple areas - comptroller report

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-706297

Europe

England and Wales - Most women freed from Bronzefield Prison lack safe accommodation – report

https://www.irvinetimes.com/news/20129282.women-freed-bronzefield-prison-lack-safe-accommodation---report/

England and Wales - Black women facing more racism in prison, says report

https://www.voice-online.co.uk/news/uk-news/2022/05/11/black-women-facing-more-racism-in-prison-says-report/

England and Wales - Devolve justice to cut prison population says Welsh Counsel General

https://nation.cymru/news/devolve-justice-to-cut-prison-population-says-welsh-counsel-general/https://nation.cymru/news/devolve-justice-to-cut-prison-population-says-welsh-counsel-general/

Oceania

Australia - New computer links to keep prisoners in isolation connected and COVID-safe

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/new-computer-links-keep-prisoners-isolation-connected-and-covid-safe

 

News 10 May

Governments are routinely ‘over-policing, over-prosecuting and over-punishing’, says justice watchdog

https://www.thejusticegap.com/governments-are-routinely-over-policing-over-prosecuting-and-over-punishing-says-justice-watchdog/

Covid-19: Urgent call to lift restrictions banning visitors in places of detention

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/covid-19-urgent-call-lift-restrictions-banning-visitors-places-detention

Africa

ULS partners with UN to decongest Uganda prisons

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/uls-partners-with-un-to-decongest-uganda-prisons-3810046

Americas

Ecuador prison riot leaves 43 dead in latest bloody episode

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/09/ecuador-prison-riot-leaves-scores-dead

The clothing brand offering Peru’s prisoners an escape

https://www.laprensalatina.com/the-clothing-brand-offering-perus-prisoners-an-escape/

US (Kentucky) - Ky. jails and prisons are over capacity. New analysis suggests it’s going to get worse.

https://wfpl.org/ky-jails-and-prisons-are-over-capacity-new-analysis-suggests-its-going-to-get-worse/

Asia

Malaysia - Provide updates on inquests into custodial deaths, coroners urged

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/05/10/provide-updates-on-inquests-into-custodial-deaths-coroners-urged/

Thailand - Prison visits to resume from May 16

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2307714/prison-visits-to-resume-from-may-16

Europe

WHO report highlights a new approach to reducing NCD risks in prisons

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Health-systems/pages/news/news/2022/5/who-report-highlights-a-new-approach-to-reducing-ncd-risks-in-prisons

England and Wales - Hundreds of mentally ill prisoners denied urgent treatment in England

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/may/10/hundreds-mentally-ill-prisoners-denied-urgent-treatment-england

England and Wales - ‘My world fell apart’: life in prison with serious mental illness

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/may/10/my-world-fell-apart-life-in-prison-with-serious-mental-illness

Netherlands - Courts should take charge in commuting life sentences, not Cabinet ministers: Council

https://nltimes.nl/2022/05/09/courts-take-charge-commuting-life-sentences-cabinet-ministers-council

Oceania

Australia - Prison Pandemic Preparations Praised

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/prison-pandemic-preparations-praised

 

News 7 – 9 May

Americas

America’s dirty secret is thousands going to jail every day without talking to a lawyer, attorney says

https://thegrio.com/2022/05/08/americas-dirty-secret-is-thousands-going-to-jail-every-day-without-talking-to-a-lawyer-attorney-says/

US - Fourth inmate dies at Rikers Island as deadline to fix crisis-plagued NYC prison looms

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/rikers-island-death-inmate-crisis-b2074382.html

US - In Texas prisons, men have access to significantly more higher education programs than women

https://19thnews.org/2022/05/texas-prison-higher-education-system-inequity/

Asia

India - Ensure jails have proper medical facilities: HC tells DG Prisons

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2022/may/07/ensure-jails-have-proper-medical-facilities-hc-tells-dg-prisons-2450819.html

India - Prisoners can no longer seek emergency Covid-19 parole: Bombay HC

https://www.freepressjournal.in/legal/prisoners-can-no-longer-seek-emergency-covid-19-parole-bombay-hc

Thousands face jail as Jordan heads to lift moratorium on debt imprisonment

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/thousands-jordanians-could-face-jail-debt-next-month

Pakistan - Punjab’s soaring prison population a nightmare

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2355462/punjabs-soaring-prison-population-a-nightmare

Europe

England and Wales - Prison firm made £11m in year Ofsted raised alarm about safety at youth jail

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/06/prison-firm-made-pounds-11m-year-ofsted-raised-alarm-about-safety-youth-jail-rainsbrook

England and Wales - Three-quarters of children on remand last year did not go on to receive a custodial sentence

https://www.thejusticegap.com/three-quarters-of-children-on-remand-last-year-did-not-go-on-to-receive-a-custodial-sentence/

Oceania

Australia - Victoria’s prison healthcare system should match community healthcare

https://theconversation.com/victorias-prison-healthcare-system-should-match-community-healthcare-180558

Australia - Covid runs amok at AMC

https://citynews.com.au/2022/covid-runs-amok-at-amc/

New Zealand - One in five prisoners not vaccinated against Covid-19

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/466709/one-in-five-prisoners-not-vaccinated-against-covid-19

 

News 6 May

Americas

Canada - How prisons are using COVID-19 containment measures as a guise for torture

https://theconversation.com/how-prisons-are-using-covid-19-containment-measures-as-a-guise-for-torture-181295

Canada - Ottawa criticized for ‘rehashed responses’ on overrepresentation of Indigenous women in federal prisons

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ottawa-criticized-for-rehashed-responses-on-overrepresentation-of/

US - Focused on Rehabilitation: Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Unveils ‘Little Scandinavia’ at SCI Chester

https://www.exploreclarion.com/2022/05/06/focused-on-rehabilitation-pennsylvania-department-of-corrections-unveils-little-scandinavia-at-sci-chester/

Asia

India - Maharashtra: Over 4,000 prisoners released due to pandemic ordered to return

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/maharashtra-over-400-prisoners-released-due-to-pandemic-ordered-to-return-7903925/

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Horrendous, inhumane and degrading treatment’ – inquest hears about prisoner death

https://www.channel4.com/news/horrendous-inhumane-and-degrading-treatment-inquest-hears-about-prisoner-death

Ireland - Covid measures to be eased in prisons

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/covid-measures-to-be-eased-in-prisons

Turkey - 80K inmates who benefited from temporary release due to pandemic to return to prison

https://stockholmcf.org/80k-inmates-who-benefited-from-temporary-release-due-to-pandemic-to-return-to-prison/

 

News 5 May

Asia

Covid-19: Hong Kong eases curbs on prison visits as infections fall

https://hongkongfp.com/2022/05/05/covid-19-hong-kong-eases-curbs-on-prison-visits-as-infections-fall/

Philippines - Visitors of PDLs now accepted in BuCor’s 7 prison facilities

https://mb.com.ph/2022/05/05/visitors-of-pdls-now-accepted-in-bucors-7-prison-facilities/

Thailand - Dept to ensure better prison food after complaints

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2304766/dept-to-ensure-better-prison-food-after-complaints

Europe

England and Wales - 'Last of its kind' Colchester prison raises concerns as criminals including sex offenders freed without supervision

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/last-kind-colchester-prison-raises-7038936

HMP Barlinnie gets first prison body scanner in Scotland in efforts to curb smuggling

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/barlinnie-prison-body-scanner-drugs-b2072098.html

Oceania

Australia - Alice Springs prison officers strike, claim facility chronically understaffed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-05/alice-springs-prison-officers-strike/101040672

 

News 4 May

Africa

Libya - 170 prisoners escape from Mellitah prison west of Tripoli

https://libyaupdate.com/170-prisoners-escape-from-mellitah-prison-west-of-tripoli/

Asia

India - HC seeks Maha govt's reply on withdrawal of voice, video call facilities for inmates in prisons

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/law-order/2024787-hc-seeks-maha-govts-reply-on-withdrawal-of-voice-video-call-facilities-for-inmates-in-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Month on month increase in violence at HMP Exeter despite ‘urgent notification’ issued four years ago

https://www.thejusticegap.com/month-on-month-increase-in-violence-at-hmp-exeter-despite-urgent-notification-issued-four-years-ago/

Malta - Court finds prison authorities guilty of degrading and inhuman treatment

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/116600/couple_win_compensation_after_court_finds_prison_authorities_guilty_of_degrading_and_inhuman_treatment

Oceania

New Zealand - Prison staff warned to hide their uniforms outside work due to safety concerns

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/128535206/prison-staff-warned-to-hide-their-uniforms-outside-work-due-to-safety-concerns

 

News 30 April – 3 May

Americas

Pages for pardons? In Bolivia, inmates can cut jail time by reading

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/pages-for-pardons--in-bolivia--inmates-can-cut-jail-time-by-reading/47563526

Canada - Inmate's COVID-19 experience in Her Majesty's Penitentiary doesn't warrant a lighter sentence, Newfoundland judge finds

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/inmates-covid-19-experience-in-her-majestys-penitentiary-doesnt-warrant-a-lighter-sentence-newfoundland-judge-finds-100724076/

Asia

India has court backlog of 40 million cases, chief justice says

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-has-court-backlog-40-million-cases-chief-justice-says-2022-04-30/

India - SC directs prisoners released on parole in Kerala due to Covid-19 to surrender within 2 weeks

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2022/apr/29/sc-directs-prisoners-released-on-parole-in-kerala-due-to-covid-19-to-surrender-within-2-weeks-2447884.html

Pakistan - Sindh govt grants six-month remission to prisoners on Eid

https://www.dawn.com/news/1687601/sindh-govt-grants-six-month-remission-to-prisoners-on-eid

Europe

Prison overcrowding in Belgium delays application of ‘shorter sentences’

https://www.brusselstimes.com/221503/prison-overcrowding-in-belgium-delays-application-of-shorter-sentences

England and Wales - Prisoner assaults soared after Covid restrictions eased at Full Sutton

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/20110248.prisoner-assaults-soared-covid-restrictions-eased-full-sutton/

England and Wales - Magistrates can now jail people for up to a year

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/magistrates-jail-people-year-england-wales-6h80jkr5b

Ireland - Overcrowding in prisons putting inmates and staff at risk, says Dublin TD

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/overcrowding-prisons-putting-inmates-staff-23845942

Oceania

Australia - Darwin prison officers allege 'under-staffing and overcrowding' during wage freeze protest on May Day

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-02/nt-may-day-darwin-prison-overcrowding-wage-freeze-protest/101029746

New Zealand - Māori even more overrepresented in prisons, despite $98m strategy 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/128306867/mori-even-more-overrepresented-in-prisons-despite-98m-strategy

 

News 29 April

Africa

Kenya: 5,000 Petty Offenders to Be Freed From Prison in Decongestion Program

https://allafrica.com/stories/202204280517.html

Americas

Canada - Intelligence agency needs to keep a closer watch on extremism in prisons, report says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/csis-rcmp-prisons-extremism-1.6431967

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kitchener women's prison, 3 cases detected

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-declared-at-kitchener-women-s-prison-3-cases-detected-1.5880150

US -Connecticut Senate passes bill meant to improve health care for prison inmates

https://news.yahoo.com/connecticut-senate-passes-bill-meant-003800081.html

Asia

Indonesia - Government to expedite COVID-19 vaccination at South Sumatra's prisons

https://en.antaranews.com/news/227465/government-to-expedite-covid-19-vaccination-at-south-sumatras-prisons

Jordan to criminalise begging with up to one year in jail

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/jordan-criminalise-begging-one-year-jail

Europe

England and Wales - City firms pledge to employ ex-offenders as prisons minister calls on bosses to ‘break offending cycle’

https://www.cityam.com/city-firms-pledge-to-employ-ex-offenders-as-prisons-minister-calls-on-bosses-to-break-offending-cycle/

Isle of Man Prison policies changed after inmate death, inquest hears

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-61264399

Oceania

Australia (NT) - Prison officers to take strike action across the Territory

https://ntindependent.com.au/news-brief-prison-officers-to-take-strike-action-across-the-territory/

 

News 28 April

Africa

Kenya - 1000 probation officers to be hired in prison decongestion plan

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2022-04-28-1000-probation-officers-to-be-hired-in-prison-decongestion-plan/

Americas

US - With COVID-19 Cases On Rise, Bureau Of Prisons Slowly Still Transferring Inmates Under CARES Act

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/04/27/with-covid-19-cases-on-rise-bureau-of-prisons-slowly-still-transferring-inmates-under-cares-act/?sh=7618100c4034

US - South Dakota prison staffing shortages leave inmates with no showers

https://www.foxnews.com/us/south-dakota-prison-staffing-shortages-leave-inmates-no-showers

Asia

UAE - Dubai Police prepare inmates for life after prison with university courses

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2022/04/28/dubai-police-prepare-inmates-for-life-after-prison-with-university-courses/

Europe

Prison reform: Belgium increases psychiatric support for inmates

https://www.brusselstimes.com/220053/prison-reform-belgium-increases-psychiatric-support-for-inmates

Denmark agrees €15 million deal to send 300 foreign prisoners to Kosovo 

https://www.euronews.com/2022/04/27/denmark-agrees-15-million-deal-to-send-300-foreign-prisoners-to-kosovo

Number of children in custody in England and Wales set to double by 2024

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/number-children-custody-set-double-23807107

England and Wales - PAC: ‘Spend to save’ on women in the criminal justice system

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/127/public-accounts-committee/news/166088/pac-spend-to-save-on-women-in-the-criminal-justice-system/

England and Wales - Kirkham Prison management slammed for failing to crack down on drugs

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/crime/kirkham-prison-management-slammed-for-failing-to-crack-down-on-drugs-3671849

Germany: Top court hears case on prisoners' wages

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-top-court-hears-case-on-prisoners-wages/a-61614253

Ireland - Prison chief says gangs not in control of life in jails

 https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0428/1294783-prisons/

Ireland - Jail ‘rarely’ cost-effective for short-sentence prisoners

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/jail-rarely-cost-effective-for-short-sentence-prisoners-1.4863593

Ireland - Prison officers launch stinging attack over treatment of staff during Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.thejournal.ie/prison-officers-association-conference-complaints-and-covid-19-5749195-Apr2022/

Report demands urgent action on mental health support in Scottish prisons

https://www.scotsman.com/health/report-demands-urgent-action-on-mental-health-support-in-scottish-prisons-3670749

 

News 27 April

Africa

Ghana's 'life-threatening' prisons 'overflow' with faeces as 100 share one toilet – US Report

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Ghana-s-life-threatening-prisons-overflow-with-faeces-as-100-share-one-toilet-US-Report-1524728

Tanzania - Union Day: Samia frees 3,826 inmates

https://www.ippmedia.com/en/news/union-day-samia-frees-3826-inmates

Americas

US - How I Helped Fight Vaccine Misinformation While In Prison

https://theappeal.org/fighting-covid-19-misiniforation-sing-sing-prison/

Asia

Jordan - Lawmakers pass amendments to Penal Code bill

https://en.ammonnews.net/article/57934

Singapore - First batch of prison inmates graduates with precision engineering skills to boost job prospects

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/first-batch-of-prison-inmates-graduates-with-precision-engineering-skills-to-boost-job-prospects

Europe

England and Wales - Prison service failing to tackle radicalisation in jails, report warns

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prison-service-radicalisation-terrorist-islamist-jails-b2066338.html

England and Wales - Mentally unwell women are being sent to prison instead of hospital due to lack of NHS beds, MPs warn

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/prison-women-mental-health-mp-b2065054.html

England and Wales - 'No light at end of tunnel': Hundreds stuck behind bars under law abolished in 2012

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-04-26/no-light-at-end-of-tunnel-thousands-stuck-in-prison-under-abolished-law

England and Wales - Inmates at Hull prison still being locked up for up to 23 hours a day

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/inmates-hull-prison-still-being-6999958

England and Wales - ‘Crumbling’ criminal justice system hampered by £1bn repair bill and lack of judges - MPs

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/criminal-justice-system-courts-mps-repair-bill-judges-b996376.html

Ireland - Prison Officers warn overcrowding, violence becoming major problem

https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0427/1294516-prison-officers-conference/

Ireland - Foreign nationals get one-third higher prison terms on average than Irish-born criminals

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/courtandcrime/arid-40859495.html

Italy - 107 indictments asked for prison violence

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/04/26/107-indictments-asked-for-prison-violence_b5c27fb2-8ad3-4bcc-a227-4bcba82456c4.html

Oceania

Australia - Sinks, metal sheeting pulled from prison walls during violent riot over forced lockdown

https://thewest.com.au/news/sinks-metal-sheeting-pulled-from-prison-walls-during-violent-riot-over-forced-lockdown-c-6592230

 

News 26 April

Africa

Eid Al-Fitr 2022: Prison Inmates in Morocco Allowed To Receive Food Baskets

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/04/348566/eid-al-fitr-2022-prison-inmates-to-receive-food-baskets

Namibia: UN to Help Prisons Grow Food

https://allafrica.com/stories/202204260433.html

Americas

US - California does not have to require prison workers to get COVID vaccines, court rules

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-does-not-have-to-require-prison-17126330.php

US - 'Our families count too': Months after suspension, visitation to resume at Kentucky prisons

https://spectrumnews1.com/ky/northern-ky/news/2022/04/25/months-after-suspension--visitation-to-resume-at-kentucky-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Rate of self-harm amongst women prisoners eight times that of men

https://www.thejusticegap.com/rate-of-self-harm-amongst-women-prisoners-eight-times-that-of-men/

England and Wales - Jail praised for unlocking prisoners for seven hours a day

https://insidetime.org/jail-praised-for-unlocking-prisoners-for-seven-hours-a-day/

Scots victims of crime facing 'wait for justice'

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20092064.scots-victims-crime-facing-wait-justice/

Oceania

Australia - Inquest into Aboriginal woman’s death in custody to examine healthcare in Victoria’s prisons

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/26/inquest-into-aboriginal-womans-death-in-custody-to-examine-healthcare-in-victorias-prisons

 

News 23-25 April

Americas

St Lucia - Bordelais Correctional Facility Recommences In-Person Visits

https://thevoiceslu.com/2022/04/bordelais-correctional-facility-recommences-in-person-visits/

US - How a Race-Based Medical Formula Is Keeping Some Black Men in Prison

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/22/nyregion/prison-kidney-federal-courts-race.html

US (Pennsylvania) - 29 people died in Philly jails in the pandemic. City officials say they did a ‘good job’

https://denvergazette.com/ap/health/29-people-died-in-philly-jails-in-the-pandemic-city-officials-say-they-did-a/article_feb74cc5-065f-5c44-9fd9-405531a0b12a.html

US - Life after life in California's prisons

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-04-24/facing-life-sentences-release-california-prisons

Asia

Indonesia - Inmates' transfer temporarily solves prison overcrowding issue

https://en.antaranews.com/news/226721/inmates-transfer-temporarily-solves-prison-overcrowding-issue

Pakistan - Committee to formulate strategy for betterment of prison system

https://pakobserver.net/committee-to-formulate-strategy-for-betterment-of-prison-system/

Europe

Netherlands - Parliament divided over maximum 25 years prison sentence for manslaughter

https://nltimes.nl/2022/04/24/parliament-divided-maximum-25-years-prison-sentence-manslaughter

 

News 22 April

UN: Make Reporting on Covid-19 in Prisons Mandatory

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/04/22/un-make-reporting-covid-19-prisons-mandatory

Africa

Morocco Prisons To Prioritize Humane Detention, Social Reintegration

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/04/348505/morocco-prisons-to-prioritize-humane-detention-social-reintegration

Coverup in Nigerian Prison As TB Hits, Kills Several Inmates

https://allafrica.com/stories/202204220025.html

Americas

El Salvador to Speed Up Construction of Prisons

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/El-Salvador-to-Speed-Up-Construction-of-Prisons-20220421-0011.html

Asia

Cambodia - Prison population drops, overcrowding eases

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501061731/prison-population-drops-overcrowding-eases/

Oceania

New Zealand - Remand unit closed after prison inspection

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/remand-unit-closed-after-prison-inspection

 

News 21 April

Africa

South Africa - DCS To Tighten Up Processes To Prevent Corruption After Two Prison Escapes

https://ewn.co.za/2022/04/21/dcs-to-tighten-up-processes-to-prevent-corruption-after-two-prison-escapes

Togo resumes prison visits after a two-year ban

https://www.africanews.com/2022/04/20/togo-resumes-prison-visits-after-a-two-year-ban/

Americas

Canada - A B.C. prison that made it 2 years without a COVID-19 outbreak now has 59 cases

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/a-b-c-prison-that-made-it-2-years-without-a-covid-19-outbreak-now-has-59-cases-1.5869388

Europe

Prison overcrowding: Anti-torture committee calls for limits on prison inmate numbers and promoting non-custodial measures

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/prison-overcrowding-anti-torture-committee-calls-for-limits-on-prison-inmate-numbers-and-promoting-non-custodial-measures

England and Wales - Number of prisoners stuck in solitary confinement a real worry, prisons watchdog warns

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/prison-solitary-confinement-education-b2057841.html

Ireland - 30% Increase In Assaults On Prison Officers In 2021

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/30-increase-in-assaults-on-prison-officers-in-2021/

 

News 14 – 20 April

Africa

Covid-19 Togo: les visites aux détenus désormais autorisées

https://www.ivoiresoir.net/covid-19-togo-les-visites-aux-detenus-desormais-autorisees/

A legal-realist assessment of the Zimbabwean correctional system response to COVID-19 during state disaster measures

https://www.docwirenews.com/abstracts/a-legal-realist-assessment-of-the-zimbabwean-correctional-system-response-to-covid-19-during-state-disaster-measures/

Americas

US - Why Prison Reintegration Programs Are Needed and Who’s Doing It Right

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture-council/articles/prison-reintegration-programs-are-needed-and-whos-doing-it-right-1333807/

US - Federal Bureau Of Prisons’ Medical Care Falls Short Of Its Own Policy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/04/19/federal-bureau-of-prisons-medical-care-falls-short-of-its-own-policy/?sh=2ae94f8d5eab

US - ‘It’s An Emergency’: Tens Of Thousands Of Incarcerated People Are Sexually Assaulted Each Year

https://theappeal.org/cynthia-alvarado-sexual-assault-in-prisons/

US (Nevada) - Low-level parole violations clog prisons, derail parolee progress. Can reforms help?

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/low-level-parole-violations-clog-prisons-derail-parolee-progress-can-reforms-help

US - Vermont's Prisons Open to Visitors Again, Ending a Two-Year Restriction 

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/vermonts-prisons-open-to-visitors-again-dropping-a-two-year-restriction/Content?oid=35346549

Asia

India - Consider conditional release of single woman prisoners, Orissa HC

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/consider-conditional-release-of-single-woman-prisoners-orissa-hc/article65320721.ece

Rights groups pull no punches over Indonesian prisons

https://www.ucanews.com/news/rights-groups-pull-no-punches-over-indonesian-prisons/96970

Myanmar junta frees 1,600 from jail but not political prisoners

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20220417-myanmar-junta-frees-1-600-from-jail-but-not-political-prisoners

Taiwan - Lawmakers pass amendment reducing jail time for growing pot for self-use

https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2022/04/20/2003776918

Thailand - New rule on royal pardon put in place

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2294646/new-rule-on-royal-pardon-put-in-place

Europe

Hundred new prison welfare projects launched in Belgium will ‘cost society nothing’

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/217329/hundred-new-prison-welfare-projects-launched-in-belgium-will-cost-society-nothing

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, March 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-march-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-march-2022--2

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon: Concern over drugs in jail after prisoner's death

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-61105053

Around 5% of all Irish prison staff to get randomly drug tested under new scheme

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/around-5-irish-prison-staff-26743718

Romanian prisons continue to face extensive challenges

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/romanian-prisons-continue-to-face-extensive-challenges

Scotland - SNP accused of ‘hopelessly mismanaging’ prisons as over 1,500 cons doubling up in cells

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/8721024/snp-mismanaging-prisons-cons-doubling-cells/

Oceania

Australia - WA prison staff shortage will lead to disaster, Prison Officers' Union warns

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-20/wa-prison-staff-shortage-will-lead-to-disaster-union-warns/101000584

Australia - WA prison inspector uncovers cruel conditions inside Banksia Hill Detention Centre

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-19/cruel-treatment-of-inmates-at-wa-banksia-hill-detention-centre/100998896

Australia (Tasmania) - COVID prisons outbreak puts staff and inmates at risk

https://taslabor.com/covid-prisons-outbreak-puts-staff-and-inmates-at-risk/

 

News 13 April

Africa

Ghana - Hold national dialogue on prison reform - CCF to Government

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Hold-national-dialogue-on-prison-reform-CCF-to-Government-1513892

Americas

US - There are thousands fewer people in Wisconsin’s prisons than before the pandemic. What happened?

https://eu.postcrescent.com/story/news/crime/2022/04/12/wisconsin-prison-population-fell-during-covid-19-pandemic-heres-why/9468274002/

Asia

Iran: seriously ill prisoners denied medical care and left to die - new report

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/iran-seriously-ill-prisoners-denied-medical-care-and-left-die-new-report

Europe

Authorities launch AI project to modernise Finnish prison labour

https://yle.fi/news/3-12402053

Oceania

New Zealand - Mental health focus for prison reform

https://waateanews.com/2022/04/13/mental-health-focus-for-prison-reform/

 

News 12 April

Africa

Nigeria - Riot in Rivers prison leaves one dead, many others with bullet wounds

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/04/riot-in-rivers-prison-leaves-one-dead-many-others-with-bullet-wounds/

Zimbabwe - ZPCS brings back family week

https://www.chronicle.co.zw/zpcs-brings-back-family-week/

Americas

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison Service resumes in-person visits

https://tt.loopnews.com/content/prison-service-resumes-person-visits

Europe

England and Wales - Inspectorate of Prisons criticises progress at YOI Deerbolt

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20060617.inspectorate-prisons-criticises-progress-yoi-deerbolt/

England and Wales - Isle of Wight prison failings revealed after murderer's suicide

https://www.countypress.co.uk/news/20060654.isle-wight-prison-failings-revealed-murderers-suicide/

England and Wales - HMP Ford near Arundel criticised for living conditions

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20060108.hmp-ford-near-arundel-criticised-living-conditions/

Serious incidents of self-harm more than double at Jersey's La Moye Prison

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2022-04-11/serious-incidents-of-self-harm-more-than-double-at-jerseys-la-moye-prison

Oceania

Australia - Risdon Prison minimum-security facility locked down after surge in COVID-19 cases

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-12/risdon-prison-lockdown-to-deal-with-covid-19-outbreak/100985460

Australia - Call to rehabilitate SA prison system

https://indaily.com.au/news/2022/04/12/call-to-rehabilitate-sa-prison-system/

 

News 9 – 11 April

Africa

HRW raises alarm after outbreak of cholera in Cameroon prison

https://www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20220409-hrw-raises-alarm-after-outbreak-of-cholera-in-cameroon-prison

Egypt: Prisons employ 'systemic sexual violence' against detainees

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-sexual-violence-detainees-human-rights-report

South Africa - Prison visits allowed again after long lockdown ban

https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/prison-visits-allowed-again-after-long-lockdown-ban-49c49f16-6f2f-4013-b46a-092044cfc2b0

Americas

US - Report finds systemic issues increase COVID-19 cases in incarcerated communities

https://dailybruin.com/2022/04/10/report-finds-systemic-issues-increase-covid-19-cases-in-incarcerated-communities

Asia

India - Maharashtra among six states where women in jails exceed capacity

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/maha-among-six-states-where-women-in-jails-exceed-capacity/articleshow/90767523.cms

Jordan plans electronic tags for detainees to avoid prison overcrowding

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2059921/middle-east

Malaysia - Prisons chief: Only 14.97% of ex-convicts reoffend

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2022/04/11/prisons-chief-only-1497-of-ex-convicts-reoffend

Philippines - BuCor: 88% of 48,991 inmates fully vaccinated; 19% with booster jabs

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/04/11/2173853/bucor-88-48991-inmates-fully-vaccinated-19-booster-jabs

Thailand - 120,000 busted for drugs in past 6 months

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2292758/120-000-busted-for-drugs-in-past-6-months

Thailand - Jail-term reduction rules set

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2292498/jail-term-reduction-rules-set

Europe

England and Wales - Governor says more time in cell has made prison safer

https://insidetime.org/governor-says-more-time-in-cell-has-made-prison-safer/

Ireland - Long-awaited reports into Dóchas women's prison kept under wraps by Department

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40848545.html

Jersey - Prison governor: Staff shortages ‘not as dire as being made out’

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2022/04/11/prison-governor-staff-shortages-not-as-dire-as-being-made-out/

Jail attacks on Northern Ireland prison officers double in year

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/jail-attacks-on-northern-ireland-prison-officers-double-in-year-41537662.html

High levels of jail time in Portugal

https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/2022-04-08/high-levels-of-jail-time-in-portugal/66300

Shock as 25 inmates at Scots prisons die by suicide as victim's family lawyer demands bosses face criminal sanctions

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/shock-25-inmates-scots-prisons-26677343

Prisons population at highest in Turkey’s history

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-prisons/prisons-population-highest-turkeys-history

Oceania

HCV reinfection common in Australian prisons, study finds

https://www.healio.com/news/infectious-disease/20220408/hcv-reinfection-common-in-australian-prisons-study-finds

 

News 8 April

Americas

US (Vermont) - In-person visits at all Vt. prisons expected to resume soon

https://www.wcax.com/2022/04/07/in-person-visits-all-vt-prisons-expected-resume-soon/

Europe

England and Wales - Female black and Asian prisoners detail racism endured in landmark report

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/black-asian-women-prison-racism-b2053323.html

Turkey Builds More Prisons to Hold Exploding Jail Population

https://balkaninsight.com/2022/04/08/turkey-builds-more-prisons-to-hold-exploding-jail-population/

Implementation of novel and conventional outbreak control measures in managing COVID-19 outbreaks in a large UK prison

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-12991-7

Oceania

New Zealand - Inspectorate launches review into prisoner suicides, serious self-harm incidents after 'sharp increase'

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/128222928/inspectorate-launches-review-into-prisoner-suicides-serious-selfharm-incidents-after-sharp-increase

 

News 7 April

Africa

South Africa - Prison visits reinstated as National State of Disaster ends

https://www.groundup.org.za/article/prison-visits-reinstated-following-termination-national-state-disaster/

Zimbabwe - Prison officers get training on human rights

https://www.newsday.co.zw/2022/04/prison-officers-get-training-on-human-rights/

Americas

Canadian inmates still face isolation amounting to torture, experts say

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/federal-inmates-solitary-confinement-enquete-1.6410882

Ecuador's deadly prison riots show no signs of slowing

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220407-ecuador-s-deadly-prison-riots-show-no-signs-of-slowing

Europe

Ireland - Covid outbreak in two prisons sees visits suspended and rollout of mass testing

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40846061.html

Turkey’s Justice Ministry to ask prison administrations about widespread torture claims

https://www.turkishminute.com/2022/04/06/turkeys-justice-ministry-to-ask-prison-administrations-about-widespread-torture-claims/

 

News 6 April

Americas

Ecuador prison death toll rises to 20, authorities regain control

https://www.azernews.az/region/191826.html

El Salvador to build prison for 20,000 gang members, says President Bukele

https://www.nationthailand.com/international/40014228

US Virgin Islands - BOC not complying with prison monitoring requirements

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/boc-not-complying-with-prison-monitoring-requirements/article_a95385ad-3c6d-52c1-96b5-524bc3144c2c.html

Asia

Cambodia - GDP: Nearly 100% of inmates vaccinated for Covid

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-nearly-100-inmates-vaccinated-covid

Europe

Cyprus’ prison population down almost 30% but still overcrowded

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/04/06/cyprus-prison-population-down-almost-30-but-still-overcrowded/

Ireland – Cork Prison adopts new restrictions after 90 Covid cases 

 https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40845185.html

Irish Prison Service rejects claims Covid prisoners are 'living in a zoo'

https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/irish-prison-service-rejects-claims-23604191

Luxembourg - Prison population declines by one-third over ten years

https://delano.lu/article/prison-population-declines-by-

Northern Ireland leads Europe in level of life sentences handed out to prisoners, says report

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-leads-europe-in-level-of-life-sentences-handed-out-to-prisoners-says-report-41522661.html

Scotland’s prison population rate remains above European average

https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/scotlands-prison-population-rate-remains-above-european-average

Oceania

Australia - Life after prison: Victoria expands jobs program for ex-offenders in bid to reduce recidivism

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/06/life-after-prison-victoria-expands-jobs-program-for-ex-offenders-in-bid-to-reduce-recidivism

 

News 5 April

Africa

Tunisia PM pledges to improve detention conditions, reduce overcrowding in prisons

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220404-tunisia-pm-pledges-to-improve-detention-conditions-reduce-overcrowding-in-prisons/

Americas

US - Judge grants class-action status to prisoners sickened by COVID in Oregon

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/04/04/oregon-prisons-covid-19-cases-pandemic-response-class-action-lawsuit/

Asia

One Killed, Five Injured as Myanmar Junta Quells Prison Protest

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/one-killed-five-injured-as-myanmar-junta-quells-prison-protest.html

Europe

Council of Europe’s annual penal statistics: Covid-19 pandemic helped reduce Europe’s prison population

https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/council-of-europe-s-annual-penal-statistics-covid-19-pandemic-helped-reduce-europe-s-prison-population

Belgian prisons in top 5 most densely populated in Europe

https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/215087/belgian-prisons-among-most-densely-populated-in-europe

England and Wales - Prisoners have no lessons for two years due to Covid, report says

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/prisoners-prisons-covid-ofsted-b992375.html

Ireland - Outbreak of Covid-19 confirmed at Cork Prison

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40843994.html

Covid Scotland: Longer time limits for court cases should not be the new normal, say MSPs

https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/covid-scotland-longer-time-limits-for-court-cases-should-not-be-the-new-normal-say-msps-3640620

Torture, mistreatment not allowed in Turkish prisons, justice minister claims

https://stockholmcf.org/torture-mistreatment-not-allowed-in-turkish-prisons-justice-minister-claims/

 

News 2-4 April

Africa

Algeria: president pardons 1,000+ prisoners

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220404-algeria-president-pardons-1000-prisoners/

Five prisoners killed as Cameroon’s cholera outbreak spreads to prison

https://newsghana.com.gh/five-prisoners-killed-as-cameroons-cholera-outbreak-spreads-to-prison/

South Africa - Inspectorate launches a probe into G4S prison conduct

https://www.news24.com/citypress/news/inspectorate-launches-a-probe-into-g4s-prison-conduct-20220402

Americas

New riot at Ecuadorian prison leaves at least another 12 inmates dead

https://en.mercopress.com/2022/04/04/new-riot-at-ecuadorian-prison-leaves-at-least-another-12-inmates-dead

Asia

Open Prisons Work - Lessons From India

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2022/04/04/open-prisons-worklessons-from-india/?sh=76a37dd63aa6

Life in Japan: The softer corners and harder edges of the Japanese justice system

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220402/p2a/00m/0op/017000c

Europe

England and Wales - Justice delayed: The human cost of the courts backlog

https://news.sky.com/story/justice-delayed-the-human-cost-of-the-courts-backlog-12579779

England and Wales - End of the line for random drug tests in prisons

https://insidetime.org/end-of-the-line-for-random-drug-tests-in-prisons/

‘Not forgotten’: Prisoners prep to vote in French election

https://www.expatica.com/fr/uncategorized/not-forgotten-prisoners-prep-to-vote-in-french-election-433800/

Scotland's prisons must look at wider reform after under-18s rule change

https://www.thenational.scot/news/20040989.scotlands-prisons-must-look-wider-reform-under-18s-rule-change/

Oceania

Australia - Victorian mentoring program keeping women out of prison at risk of closing due to lack of funds

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-02/mentoring-program-keeping-women-out-of-prison-funding-crisis/100961164

 

News 1 April

Americas

US - Bureau Of Prisons Is Overworking Its Most Critical Staff Positions During First Step Act Implementation

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/03/31/bureau-of-prisons-is-overworking-its-most-critical-staff-positions-during-first-step-act-implementation/?sh=1569729b59e5

U.S. Correctional Population Drops 22% Over Decade

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/04/01/u-s-correctional-population-drops-22-over-decade/

US - Local jails are helping drive America’s mass incarceration problem

https://www.vox.com/23003673/jail-prison-mass-incarceration-problem

US - New York's new solitary confinement guidelines take effect Friday

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2022/03/31/new-york-s-new-prison-isolation-guidelines-take-effect-friday-

Asia

New norms in Brunei judiciary due to pandemic: Chief Justice

https://www.thestar.com.my/aseanplus/aseanplus-news/2022/04/01/new-norms-in-brunei-judiciary-due-to-pandemic-chief-justice

Europe

England and Wales - Crime victims left in limbo as ‘unacceptable’ court backlogs increase wait for justice

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/03/31/crime-victims-left-limbo-unacceptable-court-backlogs-increase/

France - Prisons: the number of detainees rises above 70,000 for the first time since the pandemic

https://california18.com/prisons-the-number-of-detainees-rises-above-70000-for-the-first-time-since-the-pandemic/4004542022/

Latvia - Restrictions on prison inmates' participation in local elections ruled unconstitutional

https://www.baltictimes.com/restrictions_on_prison_inmates__participation_in_local_elections_ruled_unconstitutional/

 

News 31 March

Fighting COVID-19 in prisons: WHO report presents best practices from countries

https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/italy/news/news/2022/3/fighting-covid-19-in-prisons-who-report-presents-best-practices-from-countries

Africa

Eight Egyptian rights organisations call for real reform to prisons

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/eight-egyptian-rights-orgs-urge-real-reform-prisons

Asia

India - From now, 'FASTER' release of prisoners granted bail; CJI launches software for e-transfer of orders to jail

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/from-now-faster-release-of-prisoners-granted-bail-cji-launches-software-for-e-transfer-of-orders-to-jail-article-90559938

India - Personal loans up to Rs 50,000 at 7% interest for prisoners in Maharashtra jails

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/personal-loans-up-to-rs-50-000-at-7-per-cent-interest-for-prisoners-in-maharashtra-jails-1931564-2022-03-30

Japan's revised Juvenile Law set to take effect as age of adulthood lowered to 18

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/03/31/national/crime-legal/juvenile-law-changes/

Europe

Cyprus - Cabinet gives green light for prison facility for juveniles to be set up

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/cabinet-gives-green-light-for-prison-facility-for-juveniles-to-be-set-up/

England and Wales - As life returns to normal, how come prisons are still in lockdown?

https://www.thejusticegap.com/covid-inside-the-world-and-the-law-have-moved-on-but-nothing-is-changing-for-prisoners/

Scotland - Under-18s will no longer be sent to young offender institutions

https://news.stv.tv/west-central/under-18s-will-no-longer-be-sent-to-young-offender-institutions

Scotland - £3.2m to strengthen remand alternatives

https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-3-2m-to-strengthen-remand-alternatives/

 

News 30 March

Africa

Egypt - All inmates nationwide to be granted 2 exceptional visits on occasion of Holy month of Ramadan

https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/114311/All-inmates-nationwide-to-be-granted-2-exceptional-visits-on

Americas

Canada - 'It's inhumane': Many federal inmates haven't seen their loved ones in over 2 years

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/federal-inmates-denied-visits-covid-1.6401334

Guyana: Prisoner stabbed to death over bed space

https://caribbean.loopnews.com/content/guyana-prisoner-stabbed-death-over-bed-space

US - Connecticut legislature looks to establish oversight for prison health care

https://www.theday.com/statenortheast-news/20220329/connecticut-legislature-looks-to-establish-oversight-for-prison-health-care

Asia

Bangladesh - 72pc of death sentence recipients poor

https://www.newagebd.net/article/166706/72pc-of-death-sentence-recipients-poor

India - Rules amended to carry out prisoner-centric reforms

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/rules-amended-to-carry-out-prisoner-centric-reforms/article65270755.ece?homepage=true

Europe

England and Wales - Six out out of 10 women in prison are victims of domestic abuse, says new report

https://www.thejusticegap.com/six-out-out-of-10-women-in-prison-are-victims-of-domestic-abuse-says-new-report/

Ireland - Prisoners need 'decent second chance', committee hears

https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2022/0329/1289185-committee-prison/

 

News 29 March

Americas

El Salvador locks down prisons after wave of 87 killings over weekend

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/28/el-salvador-prisons-gang-killings

US - Preliminary report shows no spike in recidivism for prisoners released early by Oregon governor

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/03/28/report-no-spike-in-recidivism-prisoners-released-early-by-oregon-governor-kate-brown/

US - 2 Mass. prisons mishandled COVID and neglected prisoners, report by disability advocates claims

https://www.wbur.org/news/2022/03/28/shirley-norfolk-prisons-disability-law-center-report-coronavirus-criticisms

Asia

Philippines - BuCor’s 7 prison facilities Covid free

https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/29/bucors-7-prison-facilities-covid-free/

Europe

Ireland - COVID concerns as prison population 'creeping upwards'

https://www.newstalk.com/news/covid-concerns-as-prison-population-creeping-upwards-1326320

Turkey - Mothers and children suffer from overcrowding, sickness and neglect in Izmir’s Şakran Prison

https://stockholmcf.org/mothers-and-children-suffer-from-overcrowding-sickness-and-neglect-in-izmirs-sakran-prison/

Mothers and babies join protest against UK imprisonment of pregnant women

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/mar/28/female-former-inmates-protest-uk-imprisonment-pregnant-women

Oceania

Australia - COVID-19 lockdowns see WA prisoners go days without washing or exercise

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-29/wa-prison-tensions-rise-as-covid-19-lockdowns-continue/100934616

 

News 26 – 28 March

Americas

El Salvador isolates imprisoned gang members after emergency decreed

https://www.laprensalatina.com/el-salvador-isolates-imprisoned-gang-members-after-emergency-decreed/

US (Connecticut) - CT prisoners testify on solitary confinement bill

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/CT-prisoners-testify-on-solitary-confinement-bill-17031898.php

Asia

Cambodia - GDP: Prison conditions improve in 2021

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-prison-conditions-improve-2021

Philippines - 86% of BuCor’s PDLs fully vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/28/86-of-bucors-pdls-fully-vaccinated/

Europe

England and Wales - Soaring numbers of rape and murder trials delayed as courts fail to get a grip on Covid backlog

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18071583/rape-murder-trials-delayed-covid-backlog-courts/

Ireland - Minister for Justice to examine murder sentencing reforms

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0328/1288831-justice-reforms/

Scotland - Edinburgh prisoner, 34, 'begged' for help before dying alone in cell from Covid

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/edinburgh-prisoner-34-begged-help-23513079

Oceania

New Zealand - Prison staff concerned after serious assaults on workers jump 50 per cent

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/128166413/prison-staff-concerned-after-serious-assaults-on-workers-jump-50-per-cent

Exclusive: 'Expensive failure' - New Zealand's cost per prisoner rises while jail population dwindles

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/exclusive-expensive-failure-new-zealands-cost-per-prisoner-rises-while-jail-population-dwindles/PUIH52GXWSLRYXFWZAUM3L5SZU/

 

News 25 March

Americas

US - Prisoners with links to organized crime are commonly denied compassionate release

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/mar/25/prisoners-organized-crime-denied-compassionate-release

US (North Carolina) - Report: 2020 saw a record number of deaths in NC jails

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/03/25/report-2020-saw-a-record-number-of-deaths-in-nc-jails/

US - Wyoming prisons relax pandemic measures

https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-prisons-relax-pandemic-measures/article_f1e4f822-6e8a-5558-b1a8-c25b0fe26455.html

Asia

Hong Kong - Relief for inmates as visits ban eased

https://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news/section/4/240175/Relief-for-inmates-as-visits-ban-eased

India - Inmates who have completed half their prison sentence likely to be released, Centre to issue advisory soon

https://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/inmates-who-have-completed-half-their-prison-sentence-likely-to-be-released-centre-to-issue-advisory-soon-article-90432281

Europe

England and Wales - Prisoner calls to Samaritans helpline increased by 60% during pandemic

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/rosena-allinkhan-samaritans-mind-moj-dominic-raab-b2043906.html

England and Wales - New Grendon prison plans rejected by Buckinghamshire Council

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-60872824

Oceania

Australia - ‘Long overdue’: MPs call for review of Victoria’s bail laws that disproportionately affect women

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/mar/25/long-overdue-mps-call-for-review-of-victorias-bail-laws-that-disproportionately-affect-women

New Zealand - Covid-19: Invercargill Prison creates isolation unit

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/128173494/covid19-invercargill-prison-creates-isolation-unit

 

News 24 March

Americas

US – ‘It’s A Money Grab’: Billions in Covid Relief Going To Fund Police And Prisons

https://theappeal.org/covid-funds-police-prisons-arpa/

Asia

Cambodia - ICRC urged to help mentally-ill women in jail

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501046744/icrc-urged-to-help-mentally-ill-women-in-jail/

India - UP govt lifts ban on visitors to jail after dip in Covid cases

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/lucknow-news/up-govt-lifts-ban-on-visitors-to-jail-after-dip-in-covid-cases-101648052393214.html

India - Coimbatore: As Covid ebbs, Central prison starts admitting prisoners directly

https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/coimbatore/story/coimbatore-covid-ebbs-central-prison-starts-admitting-prisoners-directly-1929050-2022-03-24

Thailand - Annual prison report highlights inadequate COVID-19 response, sub-standard conditions

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/thailand/annual-prison-report-highlights-inadequate-covid-19-response-sub

Europe

England and Wales - Durham Prison sees violence fall during lockdown – but overcrowding concerns remain

https://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/durham-prison-sees-violence-fall-during-lockdown-but-overcrowding-concerns-remain-3624169

England and Wales - Woman prisoner with brain injury held in solitary confinement for over 1,000 days, IMB reveals

https://www.thejusticegap.com/woman-prisoner-with-brain-injury-held-in-solitary-confinement-for-over-1000-days-imb-reveals/

Oceania

New Zealand - New Waikeria Prison facility delayed to 2023 due to Covid-19 disruptions

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/300549113/new-waikeria-prison-facility-delayed-to-2023-due-to-covid19-disruptions

 

News 23 March

Americas

Trinidad & Tobago - Immediate changes to prison infrastructure after jail break

https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/immediate-changes-to-prison-infrastructure-after-jail-break-6.2.1470572.3dd1109b46

US - COVID-Fueled Solitary Confinement Still Plagues Prisons and Jails

https://solitarywatch.org/2022/03/22/covid-fueled-solitary-confinement-still-plagues-prisons-and-jails/

Asia

India - Union Cabinet approves release of prisoners in jail for minor offences

https://assamtribune.com/national/union-cabinet-approves-release-of-prisoners-in-jail-for-minor-offences-1361132

Malaysia - 86.5% of prisoners vaccinated against Covid-19, says minister

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/373163

Europe

Greece - Covid outbreak reported at maximum-security wing of Domokos Prison

 https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1180375/covid-outbreak-reported-at-maximum-security-wing-of-domokos-prison/

Covid-19 spread twice as fast in Greek prisons

https://www.europeandatajournalism.eu/eng/News/Data-news/Covid-19-spread-twice-as-fast-in-Greek-prisons

Ireland - 31 cases of Covid confirmed in Portlaoise Prison in March

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/772459/31-cases-of-covid-confirmed-in-portlaoise-prison-in-march.html

Oceania

Outbreak of Covid-19 in Cook Islands prison

https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/463869/outbreak-of-covid-19-in-cook-islands-prison

 

News 22 March

Americas

US - Cap on ‘Egregious’ Prison Phone Costs Set for Senate Panel Vote

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/white-collar-and-criminal-law/cap-on-egregious-prison-phone-costs-set-for-senate-panel-vote

Asia

India - Overcrowded District Jail in Shillong Forced to Keep Inmates 3 Times the Capacity

https://www.news18.com/news/india/overcrowded-district-jail-in-shillong-forced-to-keep-inmates-3-times-the-capacity-4895174.html

Malaysia - Community rehabilitation can save prison system RM182mil annually, says Home Minister

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/03/22/community-rehabilitation-can-save-prison-system-rm182mil-annually-says-home-minister

Europe

England and Wales - Ofsted prisons report finds literacy skills neglected

https://www.thenational.wales/news/20010175.ofsted-prisons-report-finds-literacy-skills-neglected/

England and Wales - Hundreds object to new Grendon prison plans

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-60826180

Portugal - Courts “in danger of collapse”

https://www.portugalresident.com/courts-in-danger-of-collapse/

Oceania

Australia - People In Prison Still In Covid-19 Lockdown

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/people-in-prison-still-in-covid-19-lockdown

 

News 19-21 March

Africa

COVID-19 Prevention Practices Among Prisoners, in Southern Ethiopia

https://www.dovepress.com/covid-19-prevention-practices-among-prisoners-in-southern-ethiopia-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-RMHP

Americas

US - The Justice Lesson of the Pandemic

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/03/21/the-justice-lesson-of-the-pandemic/

US - Arkansas to release 387 potential parolees as prison population bulges

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/mar/18/arkansas-to-release-387-potential-parolees-as/

Asia

Covid-19 and prisons: lockdown to contain outbreak difficult but needed, outgoing Hong Kong correctional services chief says, insists he did ‘fair’ job

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3171148/covid-19-and-prisons-lockdown-contain-outbreak

India - 7,524 jail inmates faced mental health issues: Govt’s 2020 data

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7524-jail-inmates-faced-mental-health-issues-govts-2020-data/articleshow/90341602.cms

New Video Leak Keeps Spotlight On Inhumane Prison Conditions In Iran

https://www.rferl.org/a/leaked-video-evin-abuses/31760193.html

Maldives - 73 percent of inmates fully vaccinated against COVID-19

https://avas.mv/en/115837

Philippines - 119,175 inmates fully vaccinated – BJMP

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2022/03/21/2168689/119175-inmates-fully-vaccinated-bjmp

Europe

Cyprus - Women’s wing in overcrowded Nicosia prisons in shocking state

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/womens-wing-in-overcrowded-nicosia-prisons-in-shocking-state/

Ireland - Prisoners were locked up for 23 hours a day in pandemic

https://extra.ie/2022/03/21/news/irish-news/prisoners-locked-up-23-hours-a-day

 

News 18 March

Americas

Ecuador's prisons blighted by state abandonment -IACHR

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/ecuadors-prisons-blighted-by-state-abandonment-iachr-2022-03-17/

US (Nebraska) - Senators Discuss Causes of Prison Overcrowding

https://nebraskapublicmedia.org/en/news/news-articles/senators-discuss-causes-of-prison-overcrowding/

US (New York) - An Overhaul of Prison Health Care Is Long Overdue

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/correctional-health-care/

US - Contact visitations reinstated at Louisiana's state-run prisons

https://www.katc.com/news/covering-louisiana/contact-visitations-reinstated-at-louisianas-state-run-prisons

Venezuela Judicial Woes Exacerbated as Prison Guards Extort Inmates

https://insightcrime.org/news/venezuelan-guards-extort-prisoners-court-hearings/

Asia

Visits set to resume in Hong Kong prisons after Correctional Services Department brings Covid-19 outbreak under control

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3170942/visits-set-resume-hong-kong-prisons-after-correctional

India - After Covid relief in 2020 and 2021, 6K prisoners yet to return to Delhi jails

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/after-covid-relief-in-2020-and-2021-6-000-prisoners-yet-to-return-to-delhi-jails-101647542436005.html

Macau - Correctional Services Require Negative NAT Prior To Visiting Facilities

https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/correctional-services-require-negative-nat-prior-to-visiting-facilities.html

Europe

Ireland - Prisoner takes court action over period of ‘almost solitary confinement’

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/prisoner-takes-court-action-over-period-of-almost-solitary-confinement-1.4829652

 

News 17 March

Africa

Ghana - GHS1.80 per day feeding money for prisoners inadequate – Former director

https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/258724/GHS1.80-per-day-feeding-money-for-prisoners-inadequate-%E2%80%93-Former-director

Americas

US - More Than 800 New Jersey Prison Inmates Released Under COVID-19 Pandemic Law

https://www.theepochtimes.com/more-than-800-new-jersey-prison-inmates-released-under-covid-19-pandemic-law_4340878.html

Asia

India - Mumbai: State prisons to get video conferencing units to facilitate production of inmates before courts

https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/mumbai/story/state-prisons-to-get-video-conferencing-units-to-facilitate-production-of-inmates-before-courts-1926379-2022-03-17

India - Bengaluru: Prisoners visit in jails allowed from March 21

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=937840

Prisoners in Israeli jails to start open-ended hunger strike to protest prison measures

https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/128452

South Korea - 735 prisoners to be released on parole to free up prison space, including two ex-Samsung execs

http://www.arirang.com/news/News_View.asp?nseq=295416

Europe

England and Wales - Proportion of remand prisoners who are minority ethnic rises 17% in six years

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/mar/17/proportion-of-remand-prisoners-who-are-minority-ethnic-rises-17-in-six-years

Isle of Man - Inspection at the prison will focus on mental health

https://www.iomtoday.co.im/news/inspection-at-the-prison-will-focus-on-mental-health-515688

Oceania

Australia - Justice Department responding to Hakea Prison COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/justice-department-responding-hakea-prison-covid-19-outbreak

 

News 16 March

Americas

US - ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’: The Failure of Prison Oversight

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/03/16/out-of-sight-out-of-mind-the-failures-of-prison-oversight/

US - Incarcerated workers: overlooked as essential workers

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-12886-7

US (California) - Study highlights risk of low COVID vaccine uptake in prison staff

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2022/03/study-highlights-risk-low-covid-vaccine-uptake-prison-staff

Asia

India - Jail inmates will be allowed to meet fully vaccinated relatives

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/jail-inmates-will-be-allowed-to-meet-fully-vaccinated-relatives/articleshow/90242404.cms

Europe

England and Wales - Wetherby Young Offender Institution lost ground during Covid - report

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-60763730

Number of inmates exceeds 309,000 in Turkish prisons

https://stockholmcf.org/number-of-inmates-exceeds-309000-in-turkish-prisons/

Oceania

Australia - COVID sweeping through Hakea Prison as prisoners climb on roof

https://thewest.com.au/news/court-justice/covid-sweeps-through-hakea-prison-as-prisoners-take-to-the-roof--c-6078442

 

News 15 March

Americas

Canada - Courts will have to consider reasonableness of delays during COVID-19, experts say

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-courts-will-have-to-consider-reasonableness-of-delays-during-covid-19/

US - COVID-19 in US prisoners, staff at triple the community rate

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2022/03/covid-19-us-prisoners-staff-triple-community-rate

Asia

UN committee raises concern over Cambodia’s crowded, unsanitary prisons

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/human-rights-committee-03142022191656.html

Red Cross say it hasn't visited Myanmar prisons since COVID

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/red-cross-visited-myanmar-prisons-covid-83437695

Europe

England and Wales - How UK prison policy locks women into homelessness

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/women-leaving-prison-homelessness-increasing-b2030171.html

Oceania

New Zealand - Prisoner and 11 staff test positive at Hawke's Bay Regional Prison

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/prisoner-and-11-staff-test-positive-at-hawkes-bay-regional-prison/JMTEEYKKT7S2ZAZ4CICRZTPJWA/

 

News 12 – 14 March

Africa

Ghana - Media urged to promote benefits of community sentencing

https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Media-urged-to-promote-benefits-of-community-sentencing-1489733

Americas

US - A study of SARS-COV-2 outbreaks in US federal prisons: the linkage between staff, incarcerated populations, and community transmission

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-022-12813-w

US - Federal Prison Compassionate Releases Soared In 2020

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/03/14/federal-prison-compassionate-releases-soared-in-2020/

US - The Pandemic Isn’t Over Inside Prisons—And It Might Never Be

https://theappeal.org/covid-prisons-quarantine-lockdown/

US - New Jersey Prison Population Experiences One of the Largest Drops in the U.S.

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/03/11/new-jersey-prison-population-experiences-one-of-the-largest-drops-in-the-u-s/  

US - COVID cases continue to drop at Washington state prison

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/covid-cases-continue-to-drop-at-washington-state-prison/

US - Missouri prison inmates will be able to have visitors without restrictions in April

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/coronavirus/2022-03-14/missouri-prison-inmates-will-be-able-to-have-visitors-without-restrictions-in-april

Asia

India - To minimise Covid risk, Delhi jails to keep video call option for inmates

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/to-minimise-covid-risk-delhi-jails-to-keep-video-call-option-for-inmates-101647197009961.html

Philippines - BuCor inmates start receiving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

 https://ptvnews.ph/bucor-inmates-start-receiving-covid-19-vaccine-booster-shots/

Europe

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, February 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-february-2022/hm-prison-and-probation-service-covid-19-statistics-february-2022

Turkey: the report on violation of right to food access in prisons

https://medyanews.net/turkey-the-report-on-violation-of-right-to-food-access-in-prisons/

Oceania

New Zealand - Claims Mt Eden inmates locked down 24-7 as Covid sweeps Auckland jail

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/300539839/claims-mt-eden-inmates-locked-down-247-as-covid-sweeps-auckland-jail

 

News 11 March

Americas

Canada - Newly unveiled records chart struggles in Manitoba’s criminal justice system during pandemic

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/newly-unveiled-records-chart-struggles-in-manitoba-s-criminal-justice-system-during-pandemic-1.5814359

US - Prison Populations Declined Only 1.1% In 2021, With 19 States And The Federal Government Increasing Prison Incarceration

https://www.vera.org/newsroom/prison-populations-declined-only-1-1-in-2021-with-19-states-and-the-federal-government-increasing-prison-incarceration

US - The Powerlessness of Parenting From Prison

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/03/11/the-powerlessness-of-parenting-from-prison

US - New York closes 6 state prisons as inmate numbers drop

https://www.wcax.com/2022/03/10/new-york-closes-6-state-prisons-inmate-numbers-drop/

Asia

India - Supreme Court requests committee on prison reforms to submit final report within six months

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/supreme-court-requests-committee-on-prison-reforms-to-submit-final-report-within-six-months/articleshow/90151404.cms

Possible revision to Japan's Penal Code to emphasize rehabilitation over retribution

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/03/11/national/penal-code-rehabilitation-prisoners/

Thai prisons ban alcohol-based sanitiser after abuse by prisoners leading to death, blindness

https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-prisons-ban-alcohol-based-sanitiser-after-abuse-by-prisoners-leading-to-death-blindness/

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Durham praised after significant fall in violence – but concerns remain over access to healthcare for prisoners and post-release support

https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/hmp-durham-praised-after-significant-fall-in-violence-3606536  

France - Prison de Béziers : des détenus sains confinés à cause d'environ 40 cas positifs

https://actu.fr/occitanie/beziers_34032/prison-de-beziers-des-detenus-sains-confines-a-cause-d-environ-40-cas-positifs_49334662.html

Oceania

Australia - COVID in WA: Children, staff at Banksia Hill Detention Centre test positive for coronavirus

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/covid-in-wa-children-staff-at-banksia-hill-detention-centre-test-positive-for-coronavirus-c-6019306

 

News 10 March

Americas

US - Missouri prisons to drop COVID-19 precautions for visits in April

https://www.newstribune.com/news/2022/mar/10/missouri-prisons-to-drop-covid-19-precautions-for/

Asia

‘Love is what sustains them’: Hong Kong prisoners cut off from family amid coronavirus outbreak

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3169946/love-what-sustains-them-hong-kong-prisoners-cut-family-amid

Why are India's jails so overcrowded?

https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-indias-jails-so-overcrowded/a-61063696

India - Lift ban on meetings in jails across Punjab: Bikram Majithia

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/lift-ban-on-meetings-in-jails-across-punjab-bikram-majithia-101646857242533.html

Philippines - Covid vaccination at BuCor’s NBP set March 12

https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/10/covid-vaccination-at-bucors-nbp-set-march-12/

Europe

Isle of Man - Prison service 'could do more' to provide mental health support

https://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/prison-service-could-do-more-to-provide-mental-health-support/

Activists demonstrate against high number of female inmates in Turkish prisons

https://stockholmcf.org/activists-demonstrate-against-high-number-of-female-inmates-in-turkish-prisons/

 

News 9 March

Americas

Prison Pandemic Papers Documenting Impact Of Covid-19 In Jails, Prisons & Penitentiaries Across Canada Launched

https://ccla.org/press-release/prison-pandemic-papers-documenting-impact-of-covid-19-in-jails-prisons-penitentiaries-across-canada-launched/

US - COVID-19 Inmate Deaths in Prisons

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/07/1085020336/covid-19-inmate-deaths-in-prisons

Europe

England and Wales - Winchester prison staff 'almost lose control of yard'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-60665837

Oceania

New Zealand - Corrections managing hundreds of Covid-19 cases among inmates

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/covid-19/462985/corrections-managing-hundreds-of-covid-19-cases-among-inmates

New Zealand - Corrections on Covid prison lockdowns - 'we have saved lives'

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300535848/corrections-on-covid-prison-lockdowns--we-have-saved-lives

New Zealand - ‘Blood bath from hell’: Inmates at private prison tell of suicides, allege negligence in Covid outbreak

https://www.teaomaori.news/blood-bath-hell-inmates-private-prison-tell-suicides-allege-negligence-covid-outbreak

 

News 8 March

Americas

Barbados - Judge tells Dodds to get COVID plan

https://www.nationnews.com/2022/03/08/judge-tells-dodds-get-covid-plan/

Canada - There is still a prison pandemic

https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/march-2022/prison-covid-19-cases/

Canada - With so few people in NWT jails, territory looks at options

https://cabinradio.ca/87169/news/justice/with-so-few-people-in-nwt-jails-territory-looks-at-options/

US - How Corporations Turned Prison Tablets into A Predatory Scheme

https://theappeal.org/prison-tablets-ipads-jpay-securus-gtl/

US - Prisons skimp on Covid treatments like Paxlovid, even as Biden plans to flood pharmacies with it

https://www.statnews.com/2022/03/08/prisons-skimp-covid-treatments-paxlovid/?utm_campaign=rss

Asia

Myanmar Junta Denies Medical Treatment to Prisoners Sick With COVID-19

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/myanmar-junta-denies-medical-treatment-to-prisoners-sick-with-covid-19.html

Europe

England and Wales - MPs ‘unconvinced’ by MoJ’s ‘meagre ambition’ to tackle Crown Court backlog

https://www.thejusticegap.com/mps-unconvinced-by-mojs-meagre-ambition-to-tackle-crown-court-backlog/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prison Covid restrictions could trigger Waikeria riots repeat, warns partner

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300529636/prison-covid-restrictions-could-trigger-waikeria-riots-repeat-warns-partner

New Zealand - Covid at Otago prison

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/south-otago/covid-otago-prison

 

News 5-7 March

Africa

South Africa - Overcrowded Westville female prison in KwaZulu-Natal a concern

https://www.news24.com/witness/news/durban/overcrowded-westville-female-prison-in-kwazulu-natal-a-concern-20220307

Uganda - Parliament committee ready to support prisons

https://www.kfm.co.ug/news/parliament-committee-ready-to-support-prisons.html

Americas

COVID cases have doubled in Canadian prisons as uptick in vaccination across prisoners lull

https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/covid-cases-have-doubled-in-canadian-prisons-as-uptick-in-vaccination-across-prisoners-lull/

US - As COVID spread in federal prisons, many at-risk inmates tried and failed to get out

https://www.npr.org/2022/03/07/1083983516/as-covid-spread-in-federal-prisons-many-at-risk-inmates-tried-and-failed-to-get-?t=1646654542799

US (Florida) - Bail amounts lowered for COVID, and crime didn't rise. Officials debate making it permanent.

https://eu.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/2022/03/07/lower-bonds-third-degree-felonies-debated-palm-beach-county/9357085002/

Oceania

New Zealand - Prisoners need a bail-out from Omicron, say advocates

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/prisoners-need-a-bail-out-from-omicron-say-advocates

New Zealand - Covid-19: Suspension of prison visits tough on families

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/127945086/covid19-suspension-of-prison-visits-tough-on-families

 

News 4 March

Americas

US - Nevada prisons abandon plan to fire employees who did not get COVID vaccine

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nevada-prisons-abandon-plan-to-fire-employees-who-did-not-get-covid-vaccine

US - Wyoming DOC allows normal prison visits to resume, begins easing other COVID-19 restrictions

https://oilcity.news/community/health/covid-19/2022/03/03/wyoming-doc-allow-normal-prison-visits-to-resume-begin-easing-other-covid-19-restrictions/

US - In-person visits to resume at Philadelphia prisons

https://whyy.org/articles/in-person-visits-to-resume-at-philadelphia-prisons/

Asia

Hong Kong - Outbreaks at prisons leave manpower stretched: CSD

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1637021-20220303.htm?spTabChangeable=0

Europe

England and Wales - County court delays still much higher than pre-pandemic, MoJ reveals

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/county-court-delays-still-much-higher-than-pre-pandemic-moj-reveals/5111742.article

Northern Ireland - NI prisons are seeing a spike in cases of Covid-19

https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/19967943.ni-prisons-seeing-spike-cases-covid-19/

Oceania

New Zealand - Chief justice: Covid-19 has caused unprecedented challenges in NZ's courts

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300532045/chief-justice-covid19-has-caused-unprecedented-challenges-in-nzs-courts

 

News 3 March

Africa

Ghana - Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative calls for decriminalisation of petty offences

https://www.myjoyonline.com/commonwealth-human-rights-initiative-calls-for-decriminalisation-of-petty-offences/

Americas

US (Minnesota) - Drop in MN COVID numbers means back to jail for some work-release participants

https://www.twincities.com/2022/03/02/drop-in-mn-covid-numbers-means-back-to-jail-for-some-work-release-participants/

US - Fewer than 10% of applicants have been granted medical parole, frustrating some Mass. lawmakers

https://www.wbur.org/news/2022/03/03/mci-norfolk-wellpath-medical-parole-debate

Asia

Coronavirus: Hong Kong prisons report 1,000 cases among inmates, third correctional facility repurposed for isolation

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3169106/coronavirus-hong-kong-prisons-report-1000-cases-among

Europe

England and Wales - Nightingale Courts extended to support justice recovery

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nightingale-courts-extended-to-support-justice-recovery

Shock Scottish Prison Service figures obtained through Freedom of Information Act show drugs, weapon and mobile phone seizures from Her Majesty's Inverness Porterfield prison rose dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/news/drugs-and-weapon-seizures-sky-rocketing-at-city-prison-267600/

 

News 2 March

Americas

US - COVID impact on NY courts still felt, but isn't the sole factor for backlogs

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2022/03/01/covid-impact-on-ny-courts-still-felt--two-years-later

US (New York) - Two Years Into Pandemic, Basic Critiques of Prison Covid Policies Remain Unaddressed

https://www.nysfocus.com/2022/03/01/covid-prison-policies-unaddressed-critiques/

US (Wisconsin) - 'People really depend on the visits': Inmate advocates celebrate return of in-person visits at state prisons

https://www.wpr.org/people-really-depend-visits-inmate-advocates-celebrate-return-person-visits-state-prisons

Asia

Thailand - Prisons warned over work rules

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2272235/prisons-warned-over-work-rules

Europe

England and Wales - Holme House Covid outbreak - but prisoners 'still must isolate if they are positive'

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/holme-house-covid-outbreak-prisoners-23248330

Maltese prisons during Covid-19 didn’t violate human rights

https://www.courthousenews.com/maltese-prisons-during-covid-19-didnt-violate-human-rights/

 

News 1 March

Africa

Uganda - Prison Service Closes 59 Isolation Centres, Removes Restriction on Visits

https://ugandaradionetwork.net/story/prison-service-closes-59-inmates-isolation-centres-removes-restriction-on-visits-1

Americas

US - Will Biden Step Up on Solitary Confinement?

https://theappeal.org/biden-federal-prison-solitary-confinement-ban/

US - California prisoners given substandard medical care and families left in the dark, loved ones say

https://original.newsbreak.com/@robert-j-hansen-1587368/2527894693712-california-prisoners-given-substandard-medical-care-and-families-left-in-the-dark-loved-ones-say

Europe

England and Wales - 'Failing' HMP Swaleside 'understaffed' and 'unsafe' says new prison report

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/kent-jail-is-failing-says-new-report-263207/

England and Wales - Exeter Prison Covid outbreak affected more than 100 people

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/exeter-prison-covid-outbreak-affected-6731094

 

News 26 – 28 February

Americas

US - Wisconsin prisons to allow in-person visits again

https://www.nbc15.com/2022/02/26/wisconsin-prisons-allow-in-person-visits-again/

US - Releases From Hawaii Prisons Slowed During Pandemic Despite Supreme Court Orders

https://www.civilbeat.org/2022/02/hawaii-prisons-slowed-releases-during-pandemic-despite-supreme-court-orders/

Asia

Covid-19: Omicron breaches Hong Kong’s prisons, with more than 200 inmates infected

https://hongkongfp.com/2022/02/25/covid-19-omicron-breaches-hong-kongs-prisons-with-more-than-200-inmates-infected/

India - 'Poor suffer in jail, rich get bail': SC for early release of prisoners serving over 10 years

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/poor-suffer-in-jail-rich-get-bail-sc-for-early-release-of-prisoners-serving-over-10-years-1085148.html

Philippines -94% of BuCor personnel COVID vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2022/02/27/94-of-bucor-personnel-covid-vaccinated/

Europe

Northern Ireland - Prison Service staff brave and exemplar during pandemic - Director General

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/272344209/prison-service-staff-brave-and-exemplar-during-pandemic---director-general

Northern Ireland - Concerns raised over drug use at Magilligan Prison

https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2022/02/28/news/concerns-raised-over-drug-use-at-magilligan-prison-2600241/

Oceania

Australia - Acacia Prison inmates riot in 'protracted incident' after COVID-19 control measures deployed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-27/acacia-prisoners-riot-after-partial-covid-lockdown/100866380

Australia - NSW fails to parole low-risk prisoners despite Covid-19 provision

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/02/26/nsw-fails-parole-low-risk-prisoners-despite-covid-19-provision#hrd

New Zealand - Omicron prison amnesty not possible

https://waateanews.com/2022/02/28/omicron-prison-amnesty-not-possible/

New Zealand - Statement: Protect People In Prison From COVID-19

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2202/S00230/statement-protect-people-in-prison-from-covid-19.htm

Tonga - 68 new COVID cases, include 1 in Vava'u and 42 in prison

https://matangitonga.to/2022/02/26/68-new-covid-cases-include-1-vavau-and-42-prison

 

News 25 February

Americas

US - Study: Suicide rate 3 times higher for people in jail than prison, general public

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/02/24/study-suicide-jail/1781645733000/

US - North Carolina prison inmates initiate hunger strike against inhumane treatment and grossly inadequate pandemic response

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/02/25/hung-f25.html

US - State looks to ease COVID restrictions in Vermont prisons

https://www.wcax.com/2022/02/24/state-looks-ease-covid-restrictions-vermont-prisons/

Asia

Hong Kong's Omicron-fuelled outbreak spreads within prisons

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220225-hong-kong-s-omicron-fuelled-outbreak-spreads-within-prisons

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid in prisons – a wake up call

https://waateanews.com/2022/02/25/covid-in-prisons-a-wake-up-call/

New Zealand - Covid-19: Three staff at Rolleston Prison test positive for virus

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/127893804/covid19-three-staff-at-rolleston-prison-test-positive-for-virus

 

News 24 February

Americas

US - Covid Aid to Protect Montana Prisons and Jails Sits Unused

https://khn.org/news/article/covid-aid-to-protect-montana-prisons-and-jails-sits-unused/

US (California) - When Omicron Surges, Prisoners Have Little Protection

https://knock-la.com/california-prisons-omicron-covid/

Asia

Israel's Prisons Hold Thousands of Inmates in Solitary Confinement, Some for Years

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-prisons-hold-thousands-of-inmates-in-solidary-confinement-some-for-years-1.10630651

Europe

Defendants waiting over six months for trial up 15% in England and Wales

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/feb/23/defendants-waiting-over-six-months-for-trial-up-15-in-england-and-wales

England and Wales - Prisoners faced ‘significant human rights concerns’ during pandemic, say watchdog

https://www.thejusticegap.com/prisoners-faced-significant-human-rights-concerns-during-pandemic-including-extreme-isolation/

Scotland - Hundreds of prisoners freed early without being tested for Covid-19

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19946965.hundreds-prisoners-freed-early-without-tested-covid-19/

Oceania

Australia - Fears COVID will spread like 'wildfire' in WA prison system as Roebourne vax rate revealed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-24/one-roebourne-prisoner-has-received-a-booster-shot-against-covid/100857300

New Zealand - Fifty per cent increase in prisoners with Covid after RAT tests included in figure

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300525735/fifty-per-cent-increase-in-prisoners-with-covid-after-rat-tests-included-in-figure

 

News 23 February

Americas

Jolted by deadly prison riots, Ecuador to pardon 5,000 inmates

https://www.trtworld.com/americas/jolted-by-deadly-prison-riots-ecuador-to-pardon-5-000-inmates-55030

US - Non-contact visitation reinstated at Louisiana’s state-run prisons

https://www.kalb.com/2022/02/22/non-contact-visitation-reinstated-louisianas-state-run-prisons/

Europe

Concerns raised over Scotland's record court backlog for SNP ministers to solve

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19944353.concerns-raised-scotlands-record-court-backlog-snp-ministers-solve/

Oceania

Australia - Few WA prisoners have had COVID-19 booster jab despite Omicron's steady rise

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-23/few-wa-prisoners-have-had-covid-booster-jab-figures-show/100852324

New Zealand - Covid-19: Outbreak in Paremoremo maximum security prison

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300524319/covid19-outbreak-in-paremoremo-maximum-security-prison

 

News 22 February

Africa

Ugandans would face fines, jail for refusing COVID jab under new law

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ugandans-would-face-fines-jail-refusing-covid-jab-under-new-law-2022-02-22/

Americas

Fight in a Brazilian jail causes five dead and 18 wounded

https://www.riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/brazil/fight-in-a-brazilian-jail-causes-five-dead-and-18-wounded/

Riot inside Mexican prison injures 20 officers in Acapulco

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/riot-inside-mexican-prison-injures-20-officers-acapulco-83031927

Asia

Dozens of woman prisoners contract Omicron in Iran’s Orumiyeh

https://kurdistanhumanrights.org/en/dozens-of-woman-prisoners-contract-omicron-in-irans-orumiyeh/

Europe

England and Wales - Our criminal justice system needs major surgery, not a band aid

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/our-criminal-justice-system-needs-major-surgery-not-a-band-aid/5111585.article

France - Covid-19 : 83 détenus positifs à la prison de Saint-Martin-de-Ré en Charente-Maritime

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/confinement/covid-19-83-detenus-positifs-a-la-prison-de-saint-martin-de-re-en-charente-maritime_4974249.html

Oceania

Australia (Victoria) - Keeping Justice System Moving Through Covid

https://www.miragenews.com/keeping-justice-system-moving-through-covid-729230/

New Zealand - Release prisoners amid Covid surge - Māori Pandemic Group

https://www.teaomaori.news/release-prisoners-amid-covid-surge-maori-pandemic-group

 

News 19 – 21 February

Asia

Coronavirus: lawyers voice concern after Hong Kong prison service stops visits, court trips for all inmates to conduct Covid-19 testing

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3167622/coronavirus-lawyers-voice-concern-after-hong-kong

Nepal - President grants amnesty to 513 prisoners

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/president-grants-amnesty-to-513-prisoners

Europe

Ireland - Covid outbreak confirmed at Castlerea Prison

https://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/local-news/748638/covid-outbreak-confirmed-at-castlerea-prison.html

Italy - 29 served warrants for pandemic prison riot

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/02/21/29-served-warrants-for-pandemic-prison-riot_5af1a6b9-33e1-42b0-8702-126f119d0ed1.html

Over one million remote links in Northern Ireland courts since pandemic began

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/over-one-million-remote-links-in-northern-ireland-courts-since-pandemic-began

Scotland - Ministers urged to take action over prison self-harm incidents

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/ministers-urged-to-take-action-over-prison-self-harm-incidents-3575814

Oceania

New Zealand - 600 locked down amid Prison Covid outbreak

https://www.teaomaori.news/600-locked-down-amid-prison-covid-outbreak

 

News 18 February

Africa

Morocco - Prisons: reprise des visites familiales à partir du 28 février

https://www.barlamane.com/fr/prisons-reprise-des-visites-familiales-a-partir-du-28-fevrier/

MPs decry state of prison facilities in Northern Uganda

https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/mps-decry-state-of-prison-facilities-in-northern-uganda--3720978

Americas

Cuba’s prison population is vaccinated and administration of boosters underway

https://en.granma.cu/cuba/2022-02-17/cubas-prison-population-is-vaccinated-and-administration-of-boosters-underway

US - A Pandemic of Litigation: Prisons and COVID-19 Class Actions

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=23512506-8ec5-46ce-a9fa-41e01bbc1c69

Senate launches group to examine embattled US prison system

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jon-ossoff-dick-durbin-senate-mike-braun-washington-b2017322.html

US - Covid-19 rips through West Virginia women's prison as federal agency takes heat

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/02/18/health/covid-19-inmate-deaths/index.html

Asia

Coronavirus: more than 7,000 inmates, persons remanded in Hong Kong prisons to test for Covid-19 amid ‘first widespread infections’

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3167450/coronavirus-over-7000-inmates-persons-remanded-hong

Malaysia - Japan contributes saliva test kit, surgical isolation suits to Prison Dept

https://themalaysianreserve.com/2022/02/18/japan-contributes-saliva-test-kit-surgical-isolation-suits-to-prison-dept/

Pakistan - Prisoners across Punjab await booster jabs

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2344090/prisoners-across-punjab-await-booster-jabs

Europe

England and Wales to get extra 4,000 prison places in record expansion

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/18/england-and-wales-to-get-extra-4000-prison-places-in-record-expansion

England and Wales - Kent's Crown Court case backlog rises by 46%

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-60423173

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid-19: Auckland South prison cluster grows to 50 prisoners and 13 staff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300521532/covid19-auckland-south-prison-cluster-grows-to-50-prisoners-and-13-staff

New Zealand - Access to justice a concern as backlog grows in district courts

https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/02/18/access-to-justice-a-concern-as-backlog-grows-in-district-courts/

 

News 17 February

Africa

Mauritius - COVID-19 : Le Virus Sévit À La Prison Des Femmes

https://www.zinfos-moris.com/Covid-19-Le-virus-sevit-a-la-prison-des-femmes_a27985.html

Nigeria - Reps order probe of prison inmates’ welfare, officials’ working condition

https://www.sunnewsonline.com/reps-order-probe-of-prison-inmates-welfare-officials-working-condition/

Americas

US (New Jersey) - More than 50% of N.J. corrections workers remain unvaccinated hours before mandate deadline

https://newjerseymonitor.com/2022/02/16/more-than-50-of-n-j-corrections-workers-remain-unvaccinated-hours-before-mandate-deadline/

US (Connecticut) - Opinion: COVID lessons from a CT prison

https://www.nhregister.com/opinion/article/Opinion-COVID-lessons-from-a-CT-prison-16923728.php

Asia

Covid-19: Detention centre to be converted into quarantine facility for Hong Kong prisoners amid outbreak

https://hongkongfp.com/2022/02/17/covid-19-detention-centre-to-be-converted-into-quarantine-facility-for-hong-kong-prisoners-amid-outbreak/

India - Representation in Delhi HC seeks premature release of old aged, infirm prisoners from overcrowded prisons

https://theprint.in/india/representation-in-delhi-hc-seeks-premature-release-of-old-aged-infirm-prisoners-from-overcrowded-prisons/835052/

India - Social distancing not feasible in jails, says representation in Delhi HC

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay?newsID=927728

For First Time Since COVID, Israel to Allow Visitation Rights for Gaza Prisoners

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-for-first-time-since-covid-israel-to-allow-visitation-rights-for-gaza-prisoners-1.10616925

Europe

France - Crise du Covid. 68 millions d’euros de dépenses supplémentaires dans les prisons en 2020

https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/prison/crise-du-covid-68-millions-d-euros-de-depenses-supplementaires-dans-les-prisons-en-2020-7635971

Northern Ireland prisons to relax Covid rules over six-week period

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/northern-ireland-prisons-to-relax-covid-rules-over-six-week-period

Oceania

New Zealand - Lockouts and lockdowns slow Omicron’s ‘wildfire spread’ through prisons

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/lockouts-and-lockdowns-slow-omicrons-wildfire-spread-through-prisons

 

News 16 February

Americas

US (Illinois) - Low vaccination rates among IDOC staff having trickle-down effect, activists say

https://khqa.com/newsletter-daily/low-vaccination-rates-among-idoc-staff-having-trickle-down-effect-activists-say

US (Michigan) - Riskiest place for COVID-19? Jails and prisons, advocates say

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2022/02/16/covid-19-infection-rate-jail-prison/9258883002/

US - COVID updates: In-person visitation to remain suspended at California prisons

https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article258418633.html

US (Washington DC) - D.C. jail settles lawsuit over inmate covid conditions by ACLU, Public Defender Service

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/02/15/dc-jail-covid-settlement/

US - South Jersey prison inmates rioted in early days of pandemic; the legal fallout is ongoing

https://eu.thedailyjournal.com/story/news/2022/02/16/new-jersey-appellate-court-ruling-southern-state-correctional-punishment-inmatesriot-covid-unit/6788175001/

Asia

India - Covid restrictions lifted, prisoners across TN allowed to have visitors once a week

https://www.dtnext.in/News/TamilNadu/2022/02/16031549/1343897/Covid-restrictions-lifted-prisoners-across-TN-allowed-.vpf

Malaysia - Kepayan Prison hit by cluster for the third time

https://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/187083/kepayan-prison-hit-by-cluster-for-the-third-time/

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Bristol prisoners without heating as issues are 'urgently resolved'

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/hmp-bristol-prisoners-without-heating-6661482

Northern Ireland - Courts backlog could stretch beyond 2027 without extra funding, minister warns

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/naomi-long-courts-b2015610.html

Oceania

Australia - Omicron reaches WA prison, 115 new cases

https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/7623569/omicron-reaches-wa-prison-115-new-cases/

New Zealand - Covid-19: Six prisons report cases, 45 staff stood down

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300519386/covid19-six-prisons-report-cases-45-staff-stood-down

 

News 9 – 15 February

Americas

Barbados - Prison boss apologises to officers for ad hoc COVID testing

https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/02/10/prison-boss-apologises-to-officers-for-ad-hoc-covid-testing/

Canada - Inmates, advocates denounce 'inhuman' 24/7 COVID-19 lockdowns at Quebec's Leclerc jail

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/laval-leclerc-detention-centre-covid-conditions-1.6347221

US - Omicron is creating new havoc in our criminal justice system

https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/593994-omicron-is-creating-new-havoc-in-our-criminal-justice-system

US (New Jersey) - N.J. releases more than 200 prisoners over COVID concerns

https://www.nj.com/politics/2022/02/nj-releases-more-than-200-prisoners-over-covid-concerns.html

US - Mask mandate lifted at Nevada prisons, visitation to resume Monday

https://mynews4.com/news/local/mask-mandate-lifted-at-nevada-prisons-visitation-to-resume-monday

US - Minnesota prisoners face continued crises as COVID runs unchecked

https://themacweekly.com/80659/news/minnesota-prisoners-face-continued-crises-as-covid-runs-unchecked/

US - Delaware resumes in-person prison visits to ‘strengthen those connections’ interrupted three times during pandemic

https://whyy.org/articles/delaware-resumes-in-person-prison-visits-to-strengthen-those-connections-interrupted-three-times-during-pandemic/

US - Drug Confiscations in NYC Jails Doubled During Pandemic Visitor Ban

https://www.newsweek.com/drug-confiscations-nyc-jails-doubled-during-pandemic-visitor-ban-1678112

Asia

India - Mass jailing of undertrials must end

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/mass-jailing-of-undertrials-must-end-7771426/

India - COVID-19: Don't insist prisoners out on parole to surrender, says Supreme Court to Kerala

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2022/feb/11/covid-19-dont-insist-prisoners-out-on-parole-to-surrender-supreme-court-to-kerala-2418293.html

Iran - Omicron outbreak in Qarchak and Evin prisons

https://women.ncr-iran.org/2022/02/14/omicron-outbreak-in-qarchak/

Philippines - Gov’t urged to address needs of women prisoners

https://www.bulatlat.com/2022/02/15/govt-urged-to-address-needs-of-women-prisoners/

Philippines - 96 percent of BuCor’s PDLs vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2022/02/15/96-percent-of-bucors-pdls-vaccinated/

Thailand - All prison inmates to get third Covid dose by month-end

https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40012180

Europe

England and Wales - HMPPS COVID-19 statistics : January 2022

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hmpps-covid-19-statistics-january-2022

England and Wales - Record levels of self-harm found at Derbyshire women’s prison – report

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/09/record-levels-of-self-harm-found-at-derbyshire-womens-prison-report

England and Wales - Covid: HMP Northumberland hit by new coronavirus outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-60337643

Ireland - Prison service ups limit for in-person visits

https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/2022/prison-service-ups-limit-for-in-person-visits

Four in 10 jail inmates in Northern Ireland have not had their day in court

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/four-in-10-jail-inmates-in-northern-ireland-have-not-had-their-day-in-court-41339865.html

Scotland - ‘40,000 trials waiting so why are courts empty day after day?’

https://news.stv.tv/feature/40000-trials-waiting-so-why-are-courts-empty-day-after-day

Oceania

Australia (NSW) - Jail reform advocates call for prisoners to be released amid COVID-19 lockdowns

https://7news.com.au/news/coronavirus/call-for-prisoners-release-amid-covid-19-c-5645963

Australia (Queensland) - Prison COVID Tally Hits 454

https://southburnett.com.au/news2/2022/02/14/prison-covid-tally-hits-454/

New Zealand - Government Must Protect People In Prisons

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2202/S00124/government-must-protect-people-in-prisons.htm

New Zealand - Covid-19: 'High risk' Auckland prison cluster passes 50 cases

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300517109/covid19-high-risk-auckland-prison-cluster-passes-50-cases

 

News 8 February

Americas

US - Statistics Show Federal Bureau Of Prisons Unable To Implement Key Policies During Crisis

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/02/07/statistics-show-federal-bureau-of-prisons-unable-to-implement-key-policies-during-crisis/?sh=7168c0a87585

US - ‘Just kind of bracing for the worst possible scenario’: Michigan inmates worry as omicron spreads

https://wdet.org/2022/02/07/just-kind-of-bracing-for-the-worst-possible-scenario-michigan-inmates-worry-as-omicron-spreads/

US (Illinois) - State resumes prisoner transfers after virus surge

https://www.myjournalcourier.com/news/article/State-resumes-prisoner-transfers-after-virus-surge-16838721.php

Europe

England and Wales - Seven suicides in a year at Wandsworth

https://insidetime.org/seven-suicides-in-a-year-at-wandsworth/

Irish prison chief welcomes criticism as report condemns overcrowding, sharing cells and poor out-of-cell time

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-prison-chief-welcomes-criticism-26164510

 

News 5-7 February

Americas

St Lucia - Bordelais Correctional Facility Managing Impact of COVID-19 Fifth Wave

https://thevoiceslu.com/2022/02/bordelais-correctional-facility-managing-impact-of-covid-19-fifth-wave/

US - Omicron amplifies challenges across Vermont’s prison system

https://vtdigger.org/2022/02/06/omicron-amplifies-challenges-across-vermonts-prison-system/

Asia

India - The trials and tribulations of inmates’ kin

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-inmates-kin/article38385925.ece

Europe

England and Wales - Charity warns of 'mental health crisis in prisons'

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/19897460.charity-warns-mental-health-crisis-prisons/

England and Wales - Continued Covid lockdown could cause unrest, Prison Service warns

https://insidetime.org/continued-covid-lockdown-could-cause-unrest-prison-service-warns/

England and Wales - The Verne: Five prisoners died in coronavirus outbreak

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-60260944

Ireland - Short jail terms being handed ‘too often’ ahead of community service, report warns

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/short-jail-terms-being-handed-too-often-ahead-of-community-service-report-warns-41319557.html

Conditions in Irish prisons have worsened, report warns

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/conditions-in-irish-prisons-have-worsened-report-warns-1.4795333  

Ireland - Pandemic had 'devastating' impact on family contact for prisoners - IPRT

https://www.rte.ie/news/2022/0207/1278220-prison-visits/

Oceania

Australia - WA prisoners ‘fear’ contracting COVID-19 after not being given proper access to vaccines

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/wa-prisoners-fear-contracting-covid-19-after-not-being-given-proper-access-to-vaccines-c-5587760

 

News 4 February

Americas

Barbados: COVID outbreak at Dodds prison

https://caribbean.loopnews.com/content/barbados-covid-outbreak-dodds-prison

US - California Prisons Face 3rd Wave of COVID, Some Without Vaccine Mandates

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2022/02/california-prisons-face-3rd-wave-of-covid-some-without-vaccine-mandates/

Asia

India - Prison Statistics Report 2020 Shows Govt’s Negligence of Prisoners During the Pandemic

https://thewire.in/health/prison-statistics-report-2020-government-negligence-health-rights-pandemic

Europe

Europe - Covid-19 and prisons: painful closures and encouraging innovations

https://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Areas/Italy/Covid-19-and-prisons-painful-closures-and-encouraging-innovations-214675

England and Wales - Prisoners die and staff hospitalised during major Covid outbreak at Dorset prison

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/prisoners-die-staff-hospitalised-during-083918925.html

Gibraltar - No impact on visits despite more Covid cases at Windmill Hill prison

https://www.chronicle.gi/no-impact-on-visits-despite-more-covid-cases-at-windmill-hill-prison/

Ireland - No Covid-19 pandemic bonus for prison nurses - Laois TD calls on Govt to cough up

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/736444/no-covid-19-pandemic-bonus-for-prison-nurses-laois-td-calls-on-govt-to-cough-up.html

 

News 3 February

Africa

Uganda - MPs Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya Protest Ban on Visitors in Prison

https://softpower.ug/mps-ssewanyana-ssegirinya-protest-ban-on-visitors-in-prison/

Americas

Canada - Op-ed: The pandemic sentences prisoners to endless COVID lockdowns

https://nowtoronto.com/news/op-ed-the-pandemic-is-sentencing-prisoners-to-covid-lockdowns

Inmates vaccinated against Covid-19 in Cuba

https://www.plenglish.com/news/2022/02/02/inmates-vaccinated-against-covid-19-in-cuba/

Covid ‘Raging’ Among Prisoners Across US

https://khn.org/morning-breakout/covid-raging-among-prisoners-across-us/

US - COVID Cases in Youth Prisons Are Cutting Vulnerable Kids Off From Their Parents

https://truthout.org/articles/covid-cases-in-youth-prisons-are-cutting-vulnerable-kids-off-from-their-parents/

US - Advocates call for COVID-19 protections for Minnesota prisoners

https://www.startribune.com/advocates-call-for-covid-19-protections-for-minnesota-prisoners/600142437/

Asia

Cambodia - Ministry and Red Cross discuss new ‘early release from prison’ programmes

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-and-red-cross-discuss-new-early-release-prison-programmes

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid-19: No known virus transmission in NZ prisons, so far

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/127678451/covid19-no-known-virus-transmission-in-nz-prisons-so-far

 

News 2 February

Americas

Canada - Prison guards deserve PCR tests, COVID hazard pay, says union for Pacific Region officers

https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/prison-guards-deserve-pcr-tests-covid-hazard-pay-says-union-for-pacific-region-officers/

Canada - 4 inmates at HMP test positive for COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/hmp-covid-nl-1.6334775

Europe

France - Cluster à la prison de Roanne : 193 détenus sont positifs au Covid-19

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/cluster-a-la-prison-de-roanne-193-detenus-sont-positifs-au-covid-19-1643773427

Northern Ireland - Eleven Maghaberry prisoners take legal action over use of solitary confinement

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/eleven-maghaberry-prisoners-legal-action-160612045.html

Two-thirds of Serbia’s convicts vaccinated against COVID-19

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/two-thirds-of-serbias-convicts-vaccinated-against-covid-19/

 

News 1 February

Americas

Antigua - Five prison inmates test positive for Covid

https://antiguaobserver.com/five-prison-inmates-test-positive-for-covid/

Canada - At least one unit at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's reportedly on COVID-19 lockdown

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/at-least-one-unit-at-her-majestys-penitentiary-in-st-johns-reportedly-on-covid-19-lockdown-100687090/

US (Pennsylvania) - Inmates Say They Were Denied Court, Attorney Access Amid COVID

https://www.governing.com/now/inmates-say-they-were-denied-court-attorney-access-amid-covid

US - Op-Ed: California’s blocked vaccine mandate for prison guards is public health idiocy

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-02-01/california-covid-prison-guards

US - Idaho National Guard to Aid COVID-Hit Prisons, Clinics

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/idaho/articles/2022-01-31/idaho-national-guard-to-aid-covid-hit-prisons-clinics

US (North Carolina) - Breaking Point: Families and loved ones of incarcerated people feel the collateral damage of incarceration in COVID

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/02/01/breaking-point-families-and-loved-ones-of-incarcerated-people-feel-the-collateral-damage-of-incarceration-in-covid/

Asia

Thailand - 76 inmates escape over the past several months, many from prison quarantine

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/76-inmates-escape-over-the-past-several-months-many-from-prison-quarantine

Europe

England and Wales - Rochester Prison inspection finds rodent infestation, dangerous electrics and undignified toilets

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/poor-living-conditions-found-in-prison-inspection-261642/

Northern Ireland prisons: 'Solitary confinement' breaking UN standards

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-60199921

Scotland - Court-related social work orders slumped during lockdown

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19887179.court-related-social-work-orders-slumped-lockdown/

Oceania

Australia (NT) - COVID-19 outbreak grows at Alice Springs prison as almost half of all inmates test positive

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-01/nt-alice-springs-prison-covid-outbreak-300-cases-naaja/100792482

Australia (NSW) - COVID Positive Inmates Try to Avoid Detection, as Hundreds Infected Inside

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/covid-positive-inmates-try-to-avoid-detection-as-hundreds-infected-inside/

New Zealand - Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Prisoner at Northland Region Corrections Facility tests positive

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/covid-19-omicron-outbreak-prisoner-at-northland-region-corrections-facility-tests-positive/3YAZZBM7VKK343QH2ZD2UQJRXU/

 

News 29 – 31 January

Africa

Liberia prisons: Where inmates are short of food, space and uniforms

https://gnnliberia.com/2022/01/30/liberia-prisons-where-inmates-are-short-of-food-space-and-uniforms/

Americas

Canada - Dozens infected as COVID outbreak at the Ottawa jail extends into fifth week

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/dozens-infected-as-covid-outbreak-at-the-ottawa-jail-extends-into-fifth-week

Cayman Islands - Thirty-one prisoners and 16 prison staff have COVID-19

https://cayman.loopnews.com/content/thirty-one-prisoners-and-16-prison-staff-have-covid-19

US - To Better Address COVID-19 Among Incarcerated People, More Collaboration Is Needed Between State Departments Of Health And Departments Of Corrections

https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/forefront.20220127.35520

US (California) - Op-Ed: We pleaded for social distancing here in San Quentin. The state refused, and now COVID is raging

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-01-28/covid-prison-san-quentin-ruling

Asia

India - How counselling helped inmates in Delhi's Tihar Jail tide over Covid-19 anxiety

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/how-counselling-helped-inmates-in-tihar-jail-tide-over-covid-19-anxiety/articleshow/89229800.cms

India - e-Mulaqat a boon for foreign prisoners during Covid times

http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/e-mulaqat-a-boon-for-foreign-prisoners-during-covid-times-466686

Europe

Covid dans les prisons en Luxembourg: détenus positifs et négatifs ensemble

https://lameuse-luxembourg.sudinfo.be/899260/article/2022-01-29/covid-dans-les-prisons-en-luxembourg-detenus-positifs-et-negatifs-ensemble

Scotland - Shotts Prison staff hospitalised following 'near riot'

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/in-your-area/lanarkshire/shotts-prison-staff-hospitalised-following-26087832

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid-19: How prepared is NZ’s prison system for Omicron?

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/127612073/covid19-how-prepared-is-nzs-prison-system-for-omicron

 

News 28 January

Americas

Guyana - Gov’t still ‘wrestling’ with reform in prisons – Benn

https://newsroom.gy/2022/01/28/govt-still-wrestling-with-reform-in-prisons-benn/

US (Texas) - Man’s death marks the 17th prisoner death from COVID at Federal Medical Center Fort Worth

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article257768453.html

US (Illinois) - Protest demands freedom for prisoners facing COVID outbreak

http://www.fightbacknews.org/2022/1/27/protest-demands-freedom-prisoners-facing-covid-outbreak

Asia

India - Don't Insist On Surrender Of Prisoners Released On Parole; Consider Releasing Prisoners Due To COVID Surge : Supreme Court Directs Kerala Govt

https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/dont-insist-on-surrender-of-prisoners-released-on-parole-supreme-court-directs-kerala-govt-190538

Europe

England and Wales - Deaths in prison reach record high as one person self harms every 10 minutes

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/deaths-prison-reach-record-high-22902124

Spain - Sevilla prison dealing with huge Covid outbreak among inmates

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2022/01/27/sevilla-prison-dealing-with-huge-covid-outbreak-among-inmates/

 

News 27 January

Africa

Egypt reforms prisons and highlights rights, in moves critics call hollow

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/egypt-reforms-prisons-highlights-rights-moves-critics-call-hollow-2022-01-27/

Americas

Canada - Alta. prison a ‘pressure cooker’ amid guard absences, enhanced security protocol: lawyers

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/alta-prison-a-pressure-cooker-amid-guard-absences-enhanced-security-protocol-lawyers-1.5756124

Canada - 66 inmates, 40 staff test positive for COVID at jail

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/01/26/66-inmates-40-staff-test-positive-for-covid-at-jail.html

US - Senators say they were denied full access to federal prison

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/covid-bureau-of-prisons-chris-murphy-connecticut-richard-blumenthal-b2001485.html

US - 34 Illinois Prisons on Lockdown due to Covid-19 Surge

https://wlds.com/34-illinois-prisons-on-lockdown-due-to-covid-19-surge/

Asia

Malaysia - Prisoners allowed visitors for Chinese New Year, says Prisons Dept

https://www.theborneopost.com/2022/01/27/prisoners-allowed-visitors-for-chinese-new-year-says-prisons-dept/

Europe

Northern Ireland - In-person prison visits to resume – Prison Service

https://news.causewaycoastcommunity.co.uk/in-person-prison-visits-to-resume-prison-service/

Oceania

New Zealand - Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Dozens of Corrections staff lose jobs over vaccine mandate

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-omicron-outbreak-dozens-of-corrections-staff-lose-jobs-over-vaccine-mandate/HYKHHGGJTNBR252ZIBQPK5GX74/

 

News 26 January

Americas

Canada - Advocates concerned as Saskatoon, Prince Albert correctional centres see large spike in COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatchewan-saskatoon-corrections-covid-inmates-1.6327027

9 dead, 7 injured as inmates riot inside Mexican prison

https://www.titusvilleherald.com/news/article_3659390b-99b3-5330-b11a-678252e658f7.html

US - Bureau of Prisons needs to do more to address staff confusion over COVID-19 policies, report says

https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/bureau-prisons-needs-do-more-address-staff-confusion-over-covid-19-policies-report-says/NWVH2FKNMNASRKN52VORFGDC6A/

US - Unvaccinated Pennsylvania Prisoners Stuck in Lockdown

https://www.theepochtimes.com/exclusive-unvaccinated-pennsylvania-prisoners-stuck-in-lockdown_4232603.html

Asia

Malaysia - Prisons Dept will form committee to tackle overcrowding in prisons

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/prisons-dept-will-form-committee-tackle-overcrowding-prisons

Europe

Ireland - Covid playing havoc with Courts as no more hearing dates available in 2022

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/wexford/news/covid-playing-havoc-with-courts-as-no-more-hearing-dates-available-in-2022-41277605.html

 

News 25 January

Americas

US - Reported COVID cases in Louisiana prisons more than double in a week

https://thelensnola.org/2022/01/24/reported-covid-cases-in-louisiana-prisons-more-than-double-in-a-week/

US - Illinois prisons on COVID lockdown as cases soar among inmates

https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-covid-cases-state-prison-lockdown/11505855/

US (Michigan) - MDOC reports record high COVID cases in prisons statewide

https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2022/01/24/mdoc-reports-record-high-covid-cases-prisons-statewide/

US (Pennsylvania) - State prisons to halt in-person visitation through February

https://eu.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/pennsylvania/2022/01/25/state-prisons-halt-person-visitation-through-february/9208604002/

Asia

Prisoners in Iran go on hunger strike over Covid-19 death of inmate

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/2022/01/25/prisoners-in-iran-go-on-hunger-strike-over-covid-19-death-of-inmate/

Maldives - Maafushi Prison: 51positive cases, 211 quarantined

https://avas.mv/en/113313

Europe

England and Wales - Report finds policy to vaccinate inmates and not staff at HMP The Verne 'indefensible'

https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/dorset/news/report-rules-vaccinating-prisoners-not-staff-indefensible/

Oceania

Australia - NSW prisons urged to use emergency release powers as Covid cases surge

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/25/nsw-prisons-urged-to-use-emergency-release-powers-as-covid-cases-surge

Australia (Queensland) - COVID-19 outbreak in Lotus Glen Correctional Facility, more than 100 inmates test positive

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-25/qld-covid-19-outbreak-in-far-north-queensland-prison/100780592

 

News 22 – 24 January

Americas

British Virgin Islands - COVID scare! 23 prison officers, several inmates ‘down’ — Malone

https://bvinews.com/covid-scare-23-prison-officers-several-inmates-down-malone/

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak impacts Springhill prison

https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/covid-19-outbreak-impacts-springhill-prison-100683522/

Covid danger in St Lucia’s tiny courts puts stop to murder trials

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/23/covid-danger-in-st-lucias-tiny-courts-puts-stop-to-trials

US - New data shows startling rise in prison deaths during 2020

https://www.npr.org/2022/01/22/1075108313/new-data-shows-startling-rise-in-prison-deaths-during-2020

US - Federal Prisons: Monitoring Efforts to Implement COVID-19 Recommendations and Examining First Step Act Implementation

https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-22-105691

Asia

India - Thiruvananthapuram: 239 prison inmates at Poojapura test Covid positive

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram/thiruvananthapuram-239-prison-inmates-at-poojapura-test-covid-positive/articleshow/89067498.cms

Nepal - High vigilance in prison as COVID-19 infection rises

https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/high-vigilance-in-prison-as-covid-19-infection-rises/

Europe

Ireland - Some restrictions to prison visits to remain

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2022/0124/1275484-prison-visits/

Ireland - Covid outbreak at Cork prison 

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40790994.html

Ireland - 100 Inmates At Midlands Prison Test Positive For Covid

https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/100-inmates-at-midlands-prison-test-positive-for-covid/

Deaths in Scots prisons are on the rise as shock figures confirm 'worst fears' of grieving families

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/deaths-scots-prisons-rise-shock-26017387

Turkey’s economic crisis hits prison visits

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-prisons/turkeys-economic-crisis-hits-prison-visits

Oceania

Australia - COVID-19 scare in Hakea Prison as worries grow over vaccination rollout for prisoners

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/suspected-covid-19-case-in-hakea-prison-as-worries-grow-over-vaccination-rollout-in-prisons-20220123-p59qj6.html

 

News 21 January

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 exacerbates ‘filthy and inhumane’ conditions in Montreal jail

https://ricochet.media/en/3830/covid-19-exacerbates-filthy-and-inhumane-conditions-in-montreal-jail

US - North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/North-Dakota-prison-system-feeling-impact-of-16791114.php

US (California) - Gavin Newsom Is Fighting A Vaccine Mandate For Prison Staff — At The Expense Of Prisoners

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gavin-newsom-vaccine-mandate-cdcr-prison-staff_n_61e77278e4b05645a6edd650

US - Florida Prisoners Lack Access to COVID Boosters Amid Omicron Uptick

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-prisoners-booster-shots-covid-19-13652844

Asia

India - Only 39 per cent fully jabbed in 3 Delhi prisons

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2022/jan/21/only-39-per-centfully-jabbed-in-3-delhi-prisons-2409514.html

Europe

England and Wales - Victims face waits of nearly two years to get justice in crown courts

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/victims-face-waits-nearly-two-22820380

 

News 20 January

Americas

Canada - 28 inmates catch COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.'s Fraser Valley

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/28-inmates-catch-covid-19-at-federal-prison-in-b-c-s-fraser-valley-1.5746982?autoPlay=true

Canada - Over a dozen inmates, staff at central Ontario jail test positive for COVID-19

https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/over-a-dozen-inmates-staff-at-central-ontario-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19-1.5745788

US - Jails In Jeopardy Following New Treasury Rule: Federal Covid Relief Must Help People

https://www.forbes.com/sites/morgansimon/2022/01/19/jails-in-jeopardy-following-new-treasury-rule-federal-covid-relief-must-help-people/?sh=677252274b9e

US - Current COVID surge also affecting Indiana prisons

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/covid-cases-indiana-prisons

Asia

India - Yerawada jail officials seek for more space as Covid cases rise

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/pune-news/yerawada-jail-officials-seek-for-more-space-as-covid-cases-rise-101642613485779.html

Europe

Forcing jab will only worsen jail overcrowding: Belgian MP

https://www.brusselstimes.com/202256/forcing-jab-will-only-worsen-jail-overcrowding-belgian-mp

Italy - COVID jail inmate cases more than doubles in 10 days

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/2022/01/19/covid-jail-inmate-cases-more-than-doubles-in-10-days_34075d70-f4aa-43a7-8208-95e63b37089b.html

Scotland - More than 200 inmates isolating after latest outbreak hits HMP Perth

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/courts/2924601/perth-prison-covid-lockdown/

 

News 19 January

Americas

US (Michigan) - Corrections Department eases rules for COVID-positive prison officers to go back to work

https://eu.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/01/18/michigan-covid-positive-prison-officers-work/6561428001/

US - Michigan prisoners wait for classes needed to be released

https://www.wilx.com/2022/01/18/michigan-prisoners-wait-classes-needed-be-released/

US - Visits suspended at Idaho prison as COVID cases rise, vaccine and booster requests mount

https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/from-the-opinion-editor/article257340757.html

US - COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Illinois prisons

https://pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/covid-19-spreading-rapidly-in-illinois-prisons/article_fb449a15-81a6-54c7-b840-18ccb24fb052.html

Asia

India - Covid centres, constant watch, doctors on duty — how crammed Delhi prisons are tackling 3rd wave

https://theprint.in/health/covid-centres-constant-watch-doctors-on-duty-how-crammed-delhi-prisons-are-tackling-3rd-wave/806753/

India - Mumbai: Video call facility between prisoners and their relatives resumes

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-video-call-facility-between-prisoners-and-their-relatives-resumes/articleshow/88981761.cms

Europe

Turkey - ‘Roof leaks, insects crawl in prison’s quarantine ward’

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/256389-roof-leaks-insects-crawl-in-prison-s-quarantine-ward

 

News 18 January

Mental health care for detainees failing worldwide

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-01-mental-health-detainees-worldwide.html

Americas

St Lucia - BCF Official Supports Electronic Monitoring For Low-Risk Offenders

https://stluciatimes.com/bcf-official-supports-electronic-monitoring-for-low-risk-offenders/

US - Arizona prison to stop accepting nonviolent offenders due to COVID outbreak

https://ktar.com/story/4844164/arizona-prison-to-stop-accepting-nonviolent-offenders-due-to-covid-outbreak/

US - Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/us/ivermectin-covid-arkansas-jail.html

Europe

England and Wales - Magistrates to be given power to jail offenders for up to a year to help clear court delays

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/magistrates-crown-court-sentencing-double-b1994999.html

Guernsey Prison bans visitors and enters special measures after Covid cases

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2022-01-17/guernsey-prison-bans-visitors-and-enters-special-measures-after-covid-cases

Oceania

New Zealand - Calling home: Why phone access for prisoners matters

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/calling-home-why-phone-access-for-prisoners-matters

 

News 15 – 17 January

Africa

South Africa - Prisons Accused Of Using Solitary Confinement As Torture: Oversight Body

https://ewn.co.za/2022/01/16/prisons-accused-of-using-solitary-confinement-as-torture-oversight-body

Americas

Barbados - Prison Service lauded for controlling outbreak

https://www.nationnews.com/2022/01/17/prison-service-lauded-controlling-outbreak/

Canada - More than half of prisoners at Burnside jail have had COVID-19

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/more-than-half-of-prisoners-at-burnside-jail-have-had-covid-19/

Canada - Nearly 30 per cent of Ontario jail inmates are in COVID-19 isolation

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2022/01/14/nearly-30-per-cent-of-ontario-jail-inmates-are-in-covid-19-isolation.html

Massive drop in US prison population unlikely to hold post-pandemic

https://www.thejusticegap.com/massive-drop-in-us-prison-population-unlikely-to-hold-post-pandemic/

US (North Carolina) - NC prisons chief on COVID: ‘We’ve scrambled, improvised ... and learned from mistakes’

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/article257290287.html

US - In-person visits suspended at Wisconsin prisons as COVID-19 cases triple among inmates in 1 week

https://www.wpr.org/person-visits-suspended-wisconsin-prisons-covid-19-cases-triple-among-inmates-1-week

Asia

India - COVID-19: Madhya Pradesh government bans visitors from meeting jail inmates till March end

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2022/jan/15/covid-19-madhya-pradesh-government-bans-visitors-from-meeting-jail-inmates-till-march-end-2407119.html

India - Delhi: Over 90 inmates, 80 jail staffers have tested positive for Covid-19

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-jail-inmates-staffers-test-covid-19-positive-7727118/

Iran -Covid-19 outbreak spreading women’s ward of Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz

https://iran-hrm.com/2022/01/16/covid-19-outbreak-spreading-womens-ward-of-sepidar-prison-of-ahvaz/

Maldives - Maafushi Prison brought under state of emergency due to Covid-19 outbreak

https://raajje.mv/112347

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Disgraceful’ Covid-19 restrictions on children in prison to end in March

https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/disgraceful-covid-19-restrictions-on-children-in-prison-to-end-in-march

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreak team reactivated at one of Portlaoise's jails

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/covid-19/719959/covid-19-outbreak-team-reactivated-at-one-of-portlaoise-s-jails.html

 

News 14 January

Africa

Inmates stage riot in Kenyan prison

https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2022-01-14/Inmates-stage-riot-in-Kenyan-prison-16NBudxQC8E/index.html

Americas

Omicron variant causes full lock-down at Belize Central Prison

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2022/01/13/omicron-variant-causes-full-lock-down-at-belize-central-prison/

Canada - Indigenous Inmates Testing Positive For COVID-19 At Higher Rates In Federal Prisons – National

https://newsconcerns.com/indigenous-inmates-testing-positive-for-covid-19-at-higher-rates-in-federal-prisons-national/

US - Prison Population Drops as States Revamp Admission Policies

https://www.governing.com/community/prison-population-drops-as-states-revamp-admission-policies

US - New Rule Makes Thousands of Federal Inmates Eligible for Release

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/13/us/politics/federal-prisoners-release.html

US - COVID Cases Triple In California Juvenile Prisons

https://laist.com/news/criminal-justice/covid-cases-triple-in-california-juvenile-prisons

US - Significant COVID-19 outbreaks reported at New Orleans jail, Louisiana state prisons

https://thelensnola.org/2022/01/13/significant-covid-19-outbreaks-reported-at-new-orleans-jail-louisiana-state-prisons/

Asia

India - Physical meetings with family and lawyer stopped, but phone call facility yet to resume: Inmates to court

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/physical-meetings-with-family-and-lawyer-stopped-but-phone-call-facility-yet-to-resume-inmates-to-court-7722126/

Malaysia - Virtual hearings the way forward post-Covid-19 pandemic, says Chief Justice

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2022/01/14/virtual-hearings-the-way-forward-post-covid-19-pandemic-says-chief-justice

Europe

England and Wales - 'Fear, isolation and distress': Pentonville Prison during Covid-19

https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/health/pentonville-prison-covid-report-8619484

England and Wales - Hindley Prison told to increase face-to-face education for inmates

https://www.wigantoday.net/education/hindley-prison-told-to-increase-face-to-face-education-for-inmates-3527363

Oceania

Australia - NT youth detainees test positive for COVID

https://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/story/7581593/nt-youth-detainees-test-positive-for-covid/?cs=9397

 

News 13 January

Americas

Although increasingly authoritarian, Ecuador is unable to get a grip on its prison problem

https://www.riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-politics/although-increasingly-authoritarian-ecuador-is-unable-to-get-a-grip-on-its-prison-problem/

Jamaica - Stand Up for Ja renews call for early prison release amid COVID outbreak

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20220112/stand-ja-renews-call-early-prison-release-amid-covid-outbreak

US - Prison Reforms Since COVID Called Uneven, ‘Disheartening’

https://thecrimereport.org/2022/01/12/changes-to-incarcerated-populations-since-covid-called-uneven-disheartening/

US - Omicron hits Michigan's prisons, which rank second in nation for COVID cases

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/01/13/michigan-prisons-covid-19-infections-among-highest-nation-surge-omicron/9131453002/

US - Washington prisons close to visitors through Feburary at the earliest due to Omicron outbreaks

https://www.yaktrinews.com/washington-prisons-close-to-visitors-through-feburary-at-the-earliest-due-to-omicron-outbreaks/

US (Oregon) - State corrections reports spike in Covid cases among employees, people in prison over past two weeks

https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/5827/state-corrections-reports-spike-in-covid-cases-among-employees-people-in-prison-over-past-two-weeks

Asia

Probe into deadly riots at prisons in Philippines

https://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news/185160/probe-into-deadly-riots-at-prisons-in-p-pines/

Europe

France - En prison, alerte sur "l'épuisement physique et moral" des détenus

https://www.lejsl.com/faits-divers-justice/2022/01/13/en-prison-alerte-sur-l-epuisement-physique-et-moral-des-detenus

Ireland - No temporary release for Limerick prisoners despite Covid cases

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40783602.html

At least 59 ill prisoners lost their lives in Turkey in a year

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/256124-at-least-59-ill-prisoners-have-lost-their-lives-in-turkey-in-a-year

Oceania

Australia - Visits suspended at multiple Queensland Correctional Centres

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-suspended-at-multiple-queensland-706316/

 

News 12 January

Americas

US - As COVID Cases Spike, Federal Bureau Of Prisons Is Not Releasing Eligible Inmates

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2022/01/11/as-covid-cases-spike-federal-bureau-of-prisons-is-not-releasing-eligible-inmates/

US - Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/11/omicron-covid-california-prisons-staff-cases-surge-us

US - While Active Cases Remain Low, Omicron Threat Looms in Oklahoma Prisons

https://oklahomawatch.org/2022/01/11/while-active-cases-remain-low-threat-of-omicron-looms-in-oklahoma-prisons/

US (Nebraska) - Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons costly for taxpayers; unsafe for prisoners and guards

https://www.3newsnow.com/news/local-news/overcrowded-and-understaffed-prisons-costly-for-taxpayers-unsafe-for-prisoners-and-guards

US - Illinois prisons pause county intakes due to pandemic

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-prisons-pandemics-illinois-10f309a67ccf022b52173a79fbc77617

US (New York) - Rikers inmates on hunger strike to protest conditions, COVID lockdown

https://nypost.com/2022/01/12/rikers-island-inmates-go-on-strike-to-protest-conditions-covid-19-lockdown/

Europe

European Prisons Push Back Against COVID-19

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2022-01-12/european-prisons-face-data-scarcity-omission-in-fight-against-covid-19

England and Wales - Covid-19 restrictions 'caused increase in violence at women's prison'

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/covid-19-restrictions-caused-increase-22713555

England and Wales - HMP Hewell: Troubled prison improving but problems persist

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-59954611

 

News 11 January

Americas

British Virgin Islands - Court hearings move online, prison visits suspended amid COVID surge

https://bvinews.com/court-hearings-move-online-prison-visits-suspended-amid-covid-surge/

US (Wisconsin) - Inmates Flood Toilets to Protest Food, Hygiene Issues as Omicron Fuels Staffing Shortage

https://www.newsweek.com/inmates-flood-toilets-protest-food-hygiene-issues-omicron-fuels-staffing-shortage-1667603

US (Nevada) - Prison system details rise COVID-19 cases that led to halt in visitations

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/prison-system-details-rise-covid-19-cases-that-led-to-halt-in-visitations-2511276/

US - More than 3,800 California prison staffers have coronavirus amid massive surge this month

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-10/california-state-prison-staff-coronavirus-surge-omicron

Asia

India - Central jail authorities revive anti-Covid measures

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/88819073.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Philippines - Rights group says PH jails ‘least safe from Omicron’

https://www.bulatlat.com/2022/01/11/rights-group-says-ph-jails-least-safe-from-omicron/

Europe

Ireland - Mass testing after Covid cases detected in Limerick Prison

https://www.limerickpost.ie/2022/01/10/mass-testing-after-covid-cases-detected-in-limerick-prison/

Scotland - 'Credible' options to jail needed to cut prisoner numbers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59940840

Oceania

Australia - Tasmania's Risdon prison battles COVID outbreak, fears workers and prisoners

https://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/7577633/jail-fear-after-prisoners-staff-test-positive/?cs=9397

 

 

News 8-10 January

Americas

Antigua - Prison inmates begin to get booster shots

https://antiguaobserver.com/prison-inmates-begin-to-get-booster-shots/

Canada - 82 prisoners at Burnside jail have COVID-19

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/province-house/82-prisoners-at-burnside-jail-have-covid-19/

US - Most Illinois prison staff haven’t gotten Covid-19 boosters

https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/prisons-and-jails/2022/illinois-prison-staff-covid-19-boosters/

US - A Year After NJ Released Thousands Early From Prison, Only 9% Are Back in Custody

https://gothamist.com/news/year-after-nj-released-thousands-early-prison-only-9-are-back-custody

US (Texas) - Tablets for inmates: the tech easing isolation and improving behavior during COVID lockdown

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/south-texas-el-paso/news/2022/01/07/texas-jails-try-tablet-tech-for-visits-and-inmate-rehab

US - Nevada prison system suspends inmate visitations due to COVID surge

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-prison-system-suspends-inmate-visitations-due-to-covid-surge-2509329/

US (California) - CDCR: In-Person Inmate Visits Suspended Due To Surge In COVID Cases

 https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2022/01/07/prison-inmates-cdcr-surge/

Asia

Data: Prisons in India continue to be Overcrowded despite COVID-19

https://factly.in/data-prisons-in-india-continue-to-be-overcrowded-despite-covid-19/

India - Amid Covid surge, West Bengal’s jails switch to ‘e-Mulakat’ between prisoners and families

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/covid-surge-west-bengal-jails-e-mulakat-prisoners-families-1897795-2022-01-09

India - About 1,000 Delhi Police personnel, 46 prisoners in Delhi jails test COVID-19 positive

https://newsroompost.com/india/about-1000-delhi-police-personnel-46-prisoners-in-delhi-jails-test-covid-19-positive/5053689.html

Covid-19 infections on the rise among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – Prisoner’s Society

http://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/127582

Nepal - Dilapidated Salyan Prison overcrowded with inmates

https://kathmandupost.com/karnali-province/2022/01/08/dilapidated-salyan-prison-overcrowded-with-inmates

Europe

HDP demands action over torture and medical negligence in Turkish prisons

England and Wales - ‘The system has collapsed’ Covid backlog sees number of people on remand in prison at highest level since 2010

https://inews.co.uk/news/covid-court-backlog-remand-prisoners-at-highest-level-since-2010-1368038

England and Wales - ‘Delay and uncertainty is killing people’ as remand inmates account for 40 per cent of suicides in prison

https://inews.co.uk/news/delay-and-uncertainty-is-killing-people-as-remand-inmates-account-for-40-per-cent-of-suicides-in-prison-1380167

Ireland - Mountjoy Prison hit with riot as lags furious about isolation due to Covid outbreak

https://www.thesun.ie/news/8171599/mountjoy-prison-riot-covid-outbreak/

Irish Prison Service suspends physical visits for two weeks

https://www.independent.ie/news/irish-prison-service-suspends-physical-visits-for-two-weeks-41219278.html

Isle of Man - Visiting resumes at prison after Covid outbreak

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=65292&headline=Visiting%20resumes%20at%20prison%20after%20Covid%20outbreak&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2022

Scotland - More than 100 inmates at Perth Prison isolating after Covid outbreak

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/perth-kinross/2888433/perth-prison-covid-outbreak-isolating/

 

 

News 7 January

Americas

Canada - Prison staff shortage possible amid Quebec COVID-19 outbreaks: Union

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/prison-staff-shortage-possible-amid-quebec-covid-19-outbreaks-union-1.5730292

US - Omicron Outbreaks in Prisons Put Everyone at Risk, But Data Is Scarce

https://truthout.org/articles/omicron-outbreaks-in-prisons-put-everyone-at-risk-but-data-is-scarce/

US - Louisiana prison visits halted for third time due to COVID-19

https://lailluminator.com/briefs/louisiana-prison-visits-halted-for-third-time-due-to-covid-19/

US - How Vermont prisons are dealing with COVID behind bars

https://www.wcax.com/2022/01/06/how-vermont-prisons-are-dealing-with-covid-behind-bars/

Europe

France - Covid-19 : 47% des détenus ont un schéma vaccinal complet, contre 76,9% de la population générale

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/covid-19-47-des-detenus-ont-un-schema-vaccinal-complet-contre-76-9-de-la-population-generale_4906991.html  

Italy - COVID: Over 1,000 jail inmates positive, close to 2020 peak

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2022/01/07/covid-over-1000-jail-inmates-positive-close-to-2020-peak_b613fb07-fdd1-467f-837a-4fb54c742306.html

 

News 6 January

Africa

Uganda: Prisons Restrict Visits Due to Covid-19

https://allafrica.com/stories/202201050587.html

Americas

US - Opinion: The Public Health Case for Decarcerating America’s Prison System

https://undark.org/2022/01/06/the-public-health-case-for-decarcerating-americas-prison-system/

US - Federal prisons director Carvajal announces retirement amid coronavirus deaths, security lapses

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/05/director-embattle-federal-prison-system-announces-retirement/8643566002/

US - Unvaccinated staff spread COVID-19 in California prisons

https://www.workers.org/2022/01/60939/

US - Arkansas prisons crack down on safety measures with rising COVID cases

https://www.kait8.com/2022/01/05/arkansas-prisons-crack-down-safety-measures-with-rising-covid-cases/

US - As COVID-19 cases surge, Delaware's prison staff have higher infection rate than prisoners

https://eu.delawareonline.com/story/news/2022/01/06/delaware-prison-staff-higher-covid-19-case-rate-than-inmates/9053689002/

Asia

India - Covid enters Delhi jails: Authorities in ‘wait and watch’ mode

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/covid-enters-delhi-jails-authorities-in-wait-and-watch-mode-101641412524000.html

Europe

England and Wales - ‘Vermin-infested’ London prison blighted by sexist and racist staff, warns watchdog

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/london-wandsworth-prison-watchdog-b975048.html

England and Wales - HMP Aylesbury is Covid 'outbreak site' as more prisoners test positive for coronavirus

https://www.buckinghamshirelive.com/news/buckinghamshire-news/hmp-aylesbury-covid-outbreak-site-6447875

Covid in Scotland: Backlogged courts about to face worst disruption yet, says official

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-in-scotland-backlogged-courts-about-to-face-worst-disruption-yet-says-official-rk6xrkvf9

 

News 5 January

Africa

Liberia: Major Prison Facilities Shutdown Due to Lack of Food Supply

https://allafrica.com/stories/202201050259.html

Americas

Calls grow for inmate releases as COVID-19 cases climb in Canada’s jails and prisons

https://globalnews.ca/news/8487449/covid-19-jails-prisons-inmate-release/

Canada - COVID-19 spreads to inmates from staff at Drumheller prison; more than 100 cases total

https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/covid-19-spreads-to-prisoners-at-drumheller-prison-44-staff-26-inmates-test-positive

US - Latest COVID surge hitting Missouri prisons, treatment centers

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/latest-covid-surge-hitting-missouri-prisons-treatment-centers/article_c159000c-6da5-11ec-a9fa-47ac4a689234.html

Asia

Philippines - Over 46K BuCor inmates jabbed vs. Covid-19

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1164551

Philippines - 4,610 PDLs released by BuCor in 2021

https://mb.com.ph/2022/01/05/4610-pdls-released-by-bucor-in-2021/

Europe

France - Covid-19 : 200 Détenus Isolés Après La Découverte D'un Cluster Au Centre Pénitentiaire De Beauvais

https://www.cnews.fr/france/2022-01-04/covid-19-200-detenus-isoles-apres-la-decouverte-dun-cluster-au-centre

Gibraltar - Prison visits suspended as 19 inmates test positive for Covid-19

https://www.chronicle.gi/prison-visits-suspended-as-19-inmates-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Irish prison chiefs splash out over €485,000 on library books to get inmates through Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/irish-prison-chiefs-splash-out-25852473

Pandemic in Turkey’s prisons | ‘36 people stay in a quarantine ward’

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/255744-covid-19-in-turkey-s-prisons-36-people-stay-in-a-quarantine-ward

 

 

News 21 December 2021 – 4 January 2022

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreaks now reported at 7 federal prisons, more staff than inmates infected

https://globalnews.ca/news/8482951/covid-canada-prison-outbreaks-2021/

Canada - Advocates want Ottawa to release vulnerable inmates as COVID-19 hits N.S. women's prison

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/outbreak-nova-institute-1.6299971

Haiti: 11 killed in foiled prison break

https://www.tbsnews.net/worldbiz/africa/haiti-11-killed-foiled-prison-break-352882

US - Omicron Has Arrived. Many Prisons and Jails Are Not Ready.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/12/22/omicron-has-arrived-many-prisons-and-jails-are-not-ready

US (California) - Inmates’ attorneys warn of potential coronavirus outbreaks sparked by unvaccinated prison staff

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-12-31/california-unvaccinated-prison-staff-coronavirus-risk

US - ‘It's definitely coming to a boiling point’: Families, inmates worry about what comes next in Kansas prisons

https://eu.cjonline.com/story/news/state/2021/12/26/families-inmates-worry-future-kansas-prisons-amid-lockdowns/6506668001/

US - Delaware Dept. of Correction suspends prison visitation amid COVID surge

https://www.delawarepublic.org/delaware-headlines/2021-12-30/doc-suspends-prison-visitation-amid-covid-surge

US - Arkansas prisons lockdown amid record coronavirus case count

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-prisons-arkansas-22c1423fd7a6680951b31359d23f47f7

US Virgin Islands - Corrections Counts 13 COVID-Positive Cases At Facilities

https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/01/03/corrections-counts-13-covid-positive-cases-at-facilities/

Asia

India - Prisoners’ meetings with relatives suspended amid Covid surge in Bihar

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/patna-news/prisoners-meetings-with-relatives-suspended-amid-covid-surge-in-bihar-101641272374123.html

India - Over 21,900 doses of Covid vaccine administered to inmates of 3 jails

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2021/state-editions/over-21-900-doses-of-covid-vaccine-administered-to-inmates-of-3-jails.html

India - To deal with Covid case spike, Tihar jail gets its own oxygen plant

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/delhi-covid-19-tihar-jail-oxygen-plant-7700410/

Europe

In under-vaccinated Bosnia, inmate population stands out

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/bosnia-europe-sarajevo-balkans-b1983881.html

England and Wales - Prison officer battered senseless and gangs clash in jail violence

https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/03/prison-officer-battered-senseless-and-gangs-clash-in-jail-violence-15856990/

England and Wales – The pandemic has been a catastrophe for people in prison. We must learn from it.

https://www.politics.co.uk/comment/2021/12/24/the-pandemic-has-been-a-catastrophe-for-people-in-prison-we-must-learn-from-it/

England and Wales - Tougher criminal sentences contributing to the courts backlog - new bar chair

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/tougher-criminal-sentences-contributing-to-the-courts-backlog-new-bar-chair/5111014.article

Ireland - Covid-19 outbreaks confirmed in four prisons

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/covid-19-outbreaks-confirmed-in-four-prisons-1.4766772

Ireland - Prison Inspector criticises use of solitary confinement to contain Covid-19

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prison-inspector-criticises-use-of-solitary-confinement-to-contain-covid-19-1.4762361

Isle of Man - Covid: Jurby prison lockdown eases but visits still suspended

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59768185

Scotland - Prison suspends in-person and online visits amid 'unforeseen circumstances'

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/prison-suspends-person-online-visits-22621768

Rights violations in Turkish prisons increased in 2021, says Diyarbakır Bar’s annual report

https://stockholmcf.org/rights-violations-in-turkish-prisons-increased-in-2021-says-diyarbakir-bars-annual-report/

Despite normalisation, COVID-19 restrictions not lifted in Turkey’s prisons

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-prisons/despite-normalisation-covid-19-restrictions-not-lifted-turkeys-prisons

Oceania

New Zealand - Inmates cause $4.3m worth of damage to prisons in 12 months

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/127402111/inmates-cause-43m-worth-of-damage-to-prisons-in-12-months

New Zealand - Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland women's prison worker tests positive, staff, prisoners in isolation

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-delta-outbreak-auckland-womens-prison-worker-tests-positive-staff-prisoners-in-isolation/MM4SGQW4ZAWWWCY4ZR7W6WXLCY/

 

News 20 December

Americas

US - DOJ says inmates on home confinement can stay out of prison

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/doj-merrick-garland-washington-joe-biden-donald-trump-b1980456.html

US - Wisconsin prisons struggle with staffing shortage

https://kstp.com/minnesota-news/wisconsin-prisons-struggle-with-staffing-shortage/6338610/?cat=12196

Europe

Ireland - Prison officers' stress at work worsened during pandemic

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40770978.html

Prison visits in Northern Ireland to be suspended

https://www.irishlegal.com/articles/prison-visits-in-northern-ireland-to-be-suspended

Scotland - West Lothian prison Covid outbreak causes chaos as 'several' staff forced to isolate

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/west-lothian-prison-covid-outbreak-22539718  

Oceania

Australia - Visits cancelled at Arthur Gorrie and Brisbane Correctional Centre

https://www.miragenews.com/visits-cancelled-at-arthur-gorrie-and-brisbane-699221/

 

News 19 December

Americas

US - What Officials Can Do to Keep Omicron From Ravaging One of Our Most Vulnerable Populations

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/12/what-corrections-officials-can-do-to-prevent-the-spread-of-omicron-behind-bars.html

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Manchester inmates locked up for 22 hours a day, report finds

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-59733445

Northern Ireland - NI Prison Service Covid-19 measures revised to keep vital system safe

https://news.causewaycoastcommunity.co.uk/ni-prison-service-covid-19-measures-revised-to-keep-vital-system-safe/

News 18-20 December

Americas

Canada - Indigenous women make up almost half the female prison population, ombudsman says

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/indigenous-women-half-inmate-population-canada-1.6289674

Canada - Depopulate prisons before Omicron hits, Ottawa criminologist urges

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/depopulate-prisons-before-omicron-hits-ottawa-criminologist-urges

Cayman Islands - Same-day testing rules kick in for hospital, home care and prison visits

https://www.caymancompass.com/2021/12/18/same-day-testing-rules-kick-in-for-hospital-home-care-and-prison-visits/

Trinidad & Tobago - Police, Prisons & Fire Services associations reject 'vaccination-for-pay' initiative

https://guardian.co.tt/news/police-prisons--fire-services-associations-reject-vaccinationforpay-initiative-6.2.1429366.69b42561db

Only four US states are providing data about inmate vaccinations

https://qz.com/2103312/most-us-states-are-not-sharing-information-on-boosters-in-prisons/

Asia

India - Prison population increased by 14% in last 2 years

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prison-population-increased-by-14-in-last-2-years/article37980549.ece

India - Omicron: Delhi prisons to isolate inmates with Influenza-like illness

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/omicron-delhi-prisons-to-isolate-inmates-with-influenza-like-illness-121121701067_1.html

India - Gurugram: New inmates at Bhondsi jail to undergo five tests

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/others/gurugram-new-inmates-at-bhondsi-jail-to-undergo-five-tests-101639937783944.html

Philippines - BuCor: 91% of those in jail received anti-Covid vaccine

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/12/20/bucor-91-of-those-in-jail-received-anti-covid-vaccine/

Europe

England and Wales - Male prisoners' free family phone calls are scrapped – but women's aren't under MoJ decision

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10325039/Male-prisoners-free-family-phone-calls-scrapped-womens-arent-MoJ-decision.html

Backlog in court cases doubles in East of England during pandemic

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-59689118

Ireland - Arbour Hill prisoners hit out after being denied showers while being in Covid-19 isolation

https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/arbour-hill-prisoners-hit-out-after-being-denied-showers-while-being-in-covid-19-isolation-1230919.html

In-person visits reduced as tighter Covid restrictions brought in at Jersey's prison

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2021-12-20/tighter-covid-restrictions-for-inmates-at-jerseys-prison

Malta - Inquiry report calls for major overhaul of prison system

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/inquiry-report-calls-for-major-overhaul-of-prison-system.922189

Oceania

Australia - Life on the ward: how do you care for Covid patients in prison?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/dec/20/life-in-the-ward-how-do-you-care-for-covid-patients-in-prison

 

News 17 December

Africa

Nigeria - Ekiti prison overcrowded, housing 700 inmates instead of 400: Prison Controller

https://gazettengr.com/ekiti-prison-overcrowded-housing-700-inmates-instead-of-400-inmates-prison-controller/

Nigeria - Federal High Court with 75 judges has 128,000 pending cases – Chief Judge

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/501271-federal-high-court-with-75-judges-has-128000-pending-cases-chief-judge.html

Americas

Ecuador commission to investigate prison violence - president

https://wtvbam.com/2021/12/16/ecuador-commission-to-investigate-prison-violence-president/

US - An influx of sick, elderly inmates in Florida prisons called a 'crisis'

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/an-influx-of-sick-elderly-inmates-in-florida-prisons-called-a-crisis

Asia

Rights watchdog calls for decongesting India’s prisons

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/rights-watchdog-calls-for-decongesting-india-s-prisons-101639744557130.html

Israel's Justice Minister Says More Prisons Are the Solution to Overcrowding

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-justice-minister-says-more-prisons-are-the-solution-to-overcrowding-1.10473840

Malaysia - Prisons Dept: Families allowed to visit inmates for Christmas from Dec 26 to 31

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/12/17/prisons-dept-families-allowed-to-visit-inmates-for-christmas-from-dec-26-to/2029262

Thailand - Prison riot “under control” after hundreds of inmates lashed out over Covid-19 treatment

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/prison-riot-under-control-after-hundreds-of-inmates-lashed-out-over-covid-19-treatment

Thailand - Krabi prison dorm ablaze in second riot

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2233771/krabi-prison-dorm-ablaze-in-second-riot

Europe

England and Wales - Wing of Durham prison locked down due to escalating Covid cases

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durham-prison-locked-down-covid-22484043

'Turkey’s prisons have turned into houses of death'

https://m.bianet.org/english/human-rights/254953-hdp-turkey-s-prisons-have-turned-into-houses-of-death

Oceania

Australia - WA jails are understaffed and under pressure, say WA prison officers

https://thewest.com.au/opinion/wa-jails-are-understaffed-and-under-pressure-say-wa-prison-officers-c-4973766

 

News 16 December

Global COVID Vaccination Rates for People in Prison Remain Far Too Low

https://filtermag.org/covid-vaccination-prisons/

Americas

US (North Carolina) - Prisoners on work release fear bringing in COVID from the outside, then spreading it inside

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2021/12/16/prisoners-on-work-release-fear-bringing-in-covid-from-the-outside-then-spreading-it-inside/

US - Tennessee prisons see overdoses surge

https://www.axios.com/local/nashville/2021/12/16/tennessee-prisons-see-overdoses-surge

US - Alabama prisoner becomes 69th to die with COVID-19

https://www.alreporter.com/2021/12/15/alabama-prisoner-becomes-69th-to-die-with-covid-19/

US Virgin Islands - V.I. prison population cleared of COVID-19

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/news/v-i-prison-population-cleared-of-covid-19/article_b4d5f7a0-0db8-5149-b656-6ad97f43726e.html

Europe

Denmark to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo to ease overcrowding

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/15/denmark-rent-300-prison-cells-kosovo-ease-overcrowding

England and Wales - Covid outbreak at sex offenders prison infects 100 inmates

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-59676911

Ireland sees one of highest rates in world for vaccinations in prisons

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/ireland-sees-one-of-highest-rates-in-world-for-vaccinations-in-prisons-1.4756414

Inmates in Turkish prisons complain of lack of heating and inadequate amount of food

https://stockholmcf.org/inmates-in-turkish-prisons-complain-of-lack-of-heating-and-inadequate-amount-of-food/

 

News 15 December

Americas

Canada - COVID-19 outbreak at Bordeaux prison infects 75, prompts new lockdown

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-at-bordeaux-prison-infects-75-prompts-new-lockdown-1.5707063

Canada - Brockville, Ont. jail closes due to COVID-19 outbreak

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/brockville-ont-jail-closes-due-to-covid-19-outbreak-1.5707071

US Prison Population Decreased 15% in 2020

https://thecrimereport.org/2021/12/14/us-prison-population-decreased-15-in-2020/

US (Connecticut) - CT’s strict vaccine mandate for medical staff doesn’t apply to prisons

https://www.ctinsider.com/news/article/CT-s-strict-vaccine-mandate-for-medical-staff-16700356.php

Asia

Philippines - QC jail congestion rate down to 55% from 1,000%- BJMP

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/15/qc-jail-congestion-rate-down-to-55-from-1000-bjmp/

Europe

England and Wales - Visits resume at Winchester prison following Covid outbreak

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19784252.visits-resume-winchester-prison-following-covid-outbreak/

Italy - Two guards hurt in prison riot

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2021/12/14/two-guards-hurt-in-prison-riot_2467fb4f-7eb8-400a-897b-f97e4bcf9bf6.html

Oceania

Australia - Guards walk off Mount Gambier correctional site over prisoner-made food, pay and conditions

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-15/prison-guards-walk-out-over-food-and-conditions/100701108

 

News 14 December

Americas

US (New York) - “People Need To Go Outside": Rikers Detainees Say Loss Of Rec Time Is Intensifying Jails Crisis

https://gothamist.com/news/people-need-to-go-outside-rikers-detainees-say-loss-of-rec-time-is-intensifying-jails-crisis

Asia

Pakistan - ‘Mysterious rise’ in inmates’ deaths witnessed in Lahore prison

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2333707/mysterious-rise-in-inmates-deaths-witnessed-in-lahore-prison

Philippines - Bureau of Corrections realizes jail decongestion program

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/12/14/bureau-of-corrections-realizes-jail-decongestion-program/

South Korea: 70000 inmates, officers at correction centres to get tested for Covid

https://english.newstracklive.com/news/skorea-70000-inmates-officers-at--correction-centres-to-get-tested-for-covid-sc57-nu318-ta318-1198314-1.html

Europe

England and Wales - Milton Keynes prison comes under fire again from inspectors

https://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/crime/milton-keynes-prison-comes-under-fire-again-from-inspectors-3492917

Scotland - Fife: Community payback hit by pandemic

https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19781802.fife-community-payback-hit-pandemic/

Oceania

New Zealand - High time: Sharp increase in prison drug seizures

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/high-time-sharp-increase-in-prison-drug-seizures/MAZSBROJLFRLM6EOQVPJW4OXZM/

 

News 4-13 December

Africa

Dozens killed in fire at overcrowded Burundi prison

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/07/burundi-prison-gitega-fire-overcrowded

Zimbabwe - 2 000 Prisoners Test Positive For Covid-19

https://www.zimeye.net/2021/12/06/2-000-prisoners-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Americas

Prevalence of COVID-19 infection in the prison system in Espirito Santo/Brazil: persons deprived of liberty and justice workers

https://www.docwirenews.com/abstracts/prevalence-of-covid-19-infection-in-the-prison-system-in-espirito-santo-brazil-persons-deprived-of-liberty-and-justice-workers/

Canada - More than 120 off work at GTA jail after health unit bars unvaccinated staff

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/12/06/more-than-120-off-work-at-gta-jail-after-health-unit-bars-unvaccinated-staff.html

Canada - Court hears about pandemic conditions at Burnside jail as judge debates inmate's sentence

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/inmate-assault-trial-burnside-jail-covid-19-1.6276480

US - For incarcerated Americans, the pandemic chaos of April 2020 has never ended

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/12/prisons-covid-lockdown-hardships-us

US - Multiple COVID outbreaks reported at Maine correctional facilities

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/me/maine/news/2021/12/09/covid-hits-corrections-facilities

Asia

Bangladesh - Prisoners to be vaccinated

https://www.tbsnews.net/coronavirus-chronicle/covid-19-bangladesh/prisoners-be-vaccinated-339709

A glance at the conditions of women in Iranian prisons – women’s rights are human rights

https://women.ncr-iran.org/2021/12/09/the-conditions-of-women-iran-prisons/

Pakistan - Undue delays : K-P struggles with vaccine hesitancy in jails

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2333627/undue-delays-k-p-struggles-with-vaccine-hesitancy-in-jails

Philippines - 39,155 PDLs in BuCor jails vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/05/39155-pdls-in-bucor-jails-vaccinated/

Europe

COVID: How Europe's prisons have fared in the pandemic

https://www.dw.com/en/covid-how-europes-prisons-have-fared-in-the-pandemic/a-60006262

England and Wales - The double lockdown: How it feels to leave prison during a pandemic

https://metro.co.uk/2021/12/05/in-focus-how-it-feels-to-leave-prison-during-a-pandemic-15658488/

England and Wales - ‘Anger, fear and resentment’: prisoners speak out about lockdown

https://www.thejusticegap.com/anger-fear-and-resentment-prisoners-speak-out-about-lockdown/

England and Wales - Bullingdon Prison report criticises chronic overcrowding and safety standards

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19764273.bullingdon-prison-report-criticises-chronic-overcrowding-safety-standards/

England and Wales - Prison service 'closely monitoring situation' at Leyland's HMP Wymott after Covid outbreak

https://www.lep.co.uk/health/coronavirus/prison-service-closely-monitoring-situation-at-leylands-hmp-wymott-after-covid-outbreak-3486127

England and Wales - HMP Winchester: What restrictions mean for inmates as Covid cases rise

https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/hmp-winchester-what-restrictions-mean-6324378  

Ireland - Covid outbreak at Cloverhill Prison leads to restrictions

https://www.echo.ie/covid-outbreak-at-cloverhill-prison-leads-to-restrictions/

Isle of Man - Covid: Virus outbreak prompts Jurby prison lockdown

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-59599105

Malta - Two inmates test positive for Covid

https://newsbook.com.mt/en/two-inmates-test-positive-for-covid/

Covid in Scotland: Courts backlog could take five years to be cleared up

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/covid-in-scotland-courts-backlog-could-take-five-years-to-be-cleared-up-zvbckdbz3

Oceania

Australia - Casuarina Prison inmates riot amid union warning of shortages of up to 800 officers

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/casuarina-prison-inmates-riot-amid-union-warning-of-shortages-of-up-to-800-officers-c-4852698

Australia - NSW prisons are failing, new report claims

https://7news.com.au/news/crime/nsw-prisons-are-failing-new-report-claims-c-4895008

New Zealand - Turning Hawke's Bay prison youth unit into Covid-19 ward 'dreadful mistake'

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/turning-hawkes-bay-prison-youth-unit-into-covid-19-ward-dreadful-mistake/HD4FCESMZIS4BRDSNZM6TBTZHQ/

 

News 3 December

Americas

Canada - Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton and Durham regions cases

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2021/12/02/omicron-variant-suspected-in-covid-19-outbreak-at-toronto-east-detention-centre.html

Trinidad & Tobago - CCHR calls for independent monitoring of prisons

https://tt.loopnews.com/content/cchr-calls-independent-monitoring-prisons

US (Connecticut) - State Suspends In-Person Visits To Prison Due To High COVID Rates

https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/12/03/state-suspends-in-person-visits-to-prison-due-to-high-covid-rates/

US - Wyoming Prisons See 5th COVID-19 Death and a New Outbreak

https://k2radio.com/wyoming-prisons-see-5th-covid-19-death-and-a-new-outbreak/

Europe

France - COVID-19: Un Cluster Déclaré Dans Une Prison, Les Surveillants Pas Assez Protégés Selon Un Syndicat

https://www.bfmtv.com/sante/covid-19-un-cluster-declare-dans-une-prison-les-surveillants-pas-assez-proteges-selon-un-syndicat_AN-202112020294.html

 

News 2 December

Americas

Canada - National advocacy group joins inmate's lawsuit alleging substandard medical care in prisons

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/john-howard-society-joins-lawsuit-against-corrections-canada-1.6270284

US - High number of deaths in Oregon state prisons

https://www.streetroots.org/news/2021/12/01/prisons-deaths

Asia

Philippines - 30,000 doses of COVID vaccines allotted to PDLs in BuCor jails

https://mb.com.ph/2021/12/02/30000-doses-of-covid-vaccines-allotted-to-pdls-in-bucor-jails/

Singapore - S'pore Prison Service launched new vehicle for infectious inmates 3 weeks before Covid-19 hit

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-prison-service-launched-new-vehicle-for-infectious-inmates-3-weeks-before-covid-19

Europe

England and Wales - What it's like to be a mother in prison during a pandemic

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/what-its-like-mother-prison-6255193

Ireland - Prison visits by children to see parents plummets

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40756920.html

Luxembourg – Schrassig prison: Sanitary measures reinforced as 45 infections reported

https://today.rtl.lu/news/luxembourg/a/1826645.html

Malta - Prisons are overcrowded, lacking rehabilitation efforts, audit finds

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/prisons-are-overcrowded-lacking-rehabilitation-efforts-audit-finds.918694

 

News 1 December

Americas

US - About 200 Massachusetts prison guards, Department of Correction employees suspended over vaccine mandate

https://www.masslive.com/boston/2021/11/about-200-massachusetts-prison-guards-department-of-correction-employees-suspended-over-vaccine-mandate.html

US - NY jail and prison staff not complying with COVID mandates face suspension

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/ny-jail-and-prison-staff-not-complying-with-covid-mandates-face-suspension

US (Delaware)  Del. DOC expands inmate visitation to children

https://www.wmdt.com/2021/11/del-doc-expands-inmate-visitation-to-children/

Europe

England and Wales - HMP Bullingdon report criticises overcrowding due to Covid

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-59478980

England and Wales – Thousands in prison on remand face second Xmas behind bars as court chaos deepens

https://www.thejusticegap.com/thousands-held-in-prison-on-remand-face-second-xmas-behind-bars-as-a-result-of-growing-court-chaos/

France - Cluster à la prison d’Argentan : 72 cas positifs au Covid-19

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/argentan-61200/covid-19-foyer-de-contamination-a-la-prison-d-argentan-dix-nouveaux-agents-testes-positifs-700fe5ec-51ff-11ec-99ce-b2ec8146a306

Luxembourg - Covid-19 : les contaminations se multiplient à Schrassig

https://lequotidien.lu/police-justice/covid-19-les-contaminations-se-multiplient-a-schrassig/

 

News 30 November

Africa

Concerns over Covid-19 spread at notorious Egyptian prison

https://english.alaraby.co.uk/news/concerns-over-covid-19-spread-notorious-egyptian-prison

Americas

Ecuador's president extends state of emergency for prisons

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/ecuadors-president-extends-state-emergency-prisons-2021-11-29/

US - Unnecessary and Complicated Transfers Are Spreading COVID in Federal Prisons

https://truthout.org/articles/unnecessary-and-complicated-transfers-are-spreading-covid-in-federal-prisons/

US - California now limits medical parole to those on ventilators

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-prisons-california-9d875c2b7cc32d5e4be5cacab35e388e

Asia

Philippines - 77% of 48,539 PDLs in BuCor jails vaccinated

https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/30/77-of-48539-pdls-in-bucor-jails-vaccinated/

Thailand - Joint letter on restrictions on prison visits and correspondence

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/asia/thailand/thailand-joint-letter-on-restrictions-on-prison-visits-and

Europe

Scottish prisons: Independent review calls for radical reform following deaths

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19750456.scottish-prisons-independent-review-calls-radical-reform-following-deaths/

Oceania

Australia - Canberra's COVID rapid antigen screening pilot introduced at jail, the Alexander Maconochie Centre

https://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/7531029/rapid-antigen-screening-to-go-ahead-at-canberra-prison/?cs=12

 

News 27 – 29 November

Americas

US - Prison visits in Alabama to restart after almost two-year pause

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/583237-prison-visits-to-be-restarted-after-20-months-in-alabama

US - Appeals court blocks order requiring COVID vaccines for California prisons

https://www.axios.com/court-blocks-covid-vaccine-mandate-ca-prisons-15b430df-4a04-4582-9ccf-d6c975d30e17.html

Asia

Kazakh ‘torture’ jail using virtual reality to help prisoners feel joy

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kazakh-torture-jail-using-virtual-reality-to-help-prisoners-feel-joy-3phnkswnn

Malaysia - 63% of inmates minor drug offenders, says Azalina, in calling for prison reform

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2021/11/29/63-of-prisoners-minor-drug-offenders-says-azalina-in-calling-again-for-prison-reform/?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=ZiNGptgo_jlnEo8k0Vyyrzf8HqOtOUkoE7eZhNV_EFg-1638182607-0-gaNycGzNCeU

Philippines - Gov’t assures COVID vaccination of BuCor’s PDLs

https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/28/govt-assures-covid-vaccination-of-bucors-pdls/

Europe

Albania Closes Prison Hospital Criticized by Human Rights Organizations

https://exit.al/en/2021/11/27/albania-closes-prison-hospital-criticized-by-human-rights-organizations/

England and Wales - Gym restrictions and 'goodybags' for HMP Liverpool inmates at height of covid

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/gym-restrictions-goodybags-hmp-liverpool-22276847

Turkey to lift ban on contact visitation in prisons

https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-to-lift-ban-on-contact-visitation-in-prisons/

 

 

News 26 November

Africa

Kenya - 43 inmates at Bungoma prison test positive for Covid-19

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/western/2021-11-25-43-inmates-at-bungoma-prison-test-positive-for-covid-19/

Americas

Cayman Islands - Lawyer: HMP Northward a ‘scary place right now’

https://caymannewsservice.com/2021/11/lawyer-hmp-northward-a-scary-place-right-now/

US - Inmate claims Utah prisons mismanaged pandemic care

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/inmate-claims-utah-prisons-mismanaged-pandemic-care

“Abandoned and deprived”: the women trapped in Venezuela’s overcrowded prisons

https://www.stylist.co.uk/long-reads/women-venezuela-prisons-ana-maria-arevalo-gose/592838

Asia

Cambodia - GDP, ICRC talk sprucing up prison management

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-icrc-talk-sprucing-prison-management

Philippines - Majority of BJMP, BuCor inmates now vaxxed

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1520013/majority-of-bjmp-bucor-inmates-now-vaxxed

Europe

Belgium - Covid et surpopulation: les prisons sont de nouveau au bord de l'implosion

https://www.lalibre.be/belgique/judiciaire/2021/11/25/covid-et-surpopulation-les-prisons-sont-de-nouveau-au-bord-de-limplosion-2GNC76EKLJGMTGX6XUC73QCWIM/

England and Wales - Winchester Prison Covid outbreak as cases for the area rise

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19741849.winchester-prison-covid-outbreak-cases-area-rise/

Ireland - Total of 277 cases of Covid-19 in prisons since pandemic began, Dáil told

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/total-of-277-cases-of-covid-19-in-prisons-since-pandemic-began-d%C3%A1il-told-1.4739028

Scotland - West Lothian prisoners slashed guard and sparked riot in violent Covid protest