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

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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 24 October


US - California Fails to Meet Prisoners' Mental Health Needs

US - Rising commissary prices in Florida prisons lead to boycotts, outcry


England and Wales - Probation officers fear repeat of failings in murder case as pressures mount

England and Wales - Should pregnant women be spared jail? Sentencing Council reviews the impact of prison on unborn babies

England and Wales - Lindholme Prison: Half of the inmates feel it's easy to get drugs, one in five developed a problem since being jailed

Northern Ireland - Half of those who leave prison in NI reoffend within a year


Australia - Queensland prison guard warned that spit hood was suffocating inmate before her death


News 21 – 23 October


Nigeria - Reps move to decongest correctional centres nationwide


Death row: The secret hunt for lethal drugs used in US executions

US - California prisons say there is no solitary confinement. So why are inmates isolated for years?

US - COVID-19-related jail decarceration did not affect crime in California, study suggests

US - Woman Sues Alabama Prison for Leaving Her To Give Birth and Bleed Out in a Shower


India - Prison inmates in Kodagu District Prison to receive vocational training

Philippines - Supreme Court wants a prisoner rights writ but BuCor disagrees


Drones to be banned from flying near prisons in England and Wales

England and Wales - I spent two years in jail – I’ve seen first hand how prisoners are failed by overcrowding

England and Wales - Three inmates abscond from Hollesley Bay prison in Suffolk in one day


Indigenous Teen Dies in Australian Adult Prison

Australia - Inspector queries expansion of maximum security prison,many%20people%20and%20their%20needs%22.


News 20 October


Nigeria - 4,000 inmates languishing in jail unable to pay N500m fines — Minister


Private prisons failed in the U.S., but Brazil wants to copy that model


Armenia becomes 45th member state to abolish the death penalty in all circumstances

Staff shortages forcing England’s prisons into emergency ‘red’ measures

England and Wales - Concern raised over mental health of inmates at HMP Peterborough - as some prisoners go without medication for weeks

Ireland - Prison population up since 2013 report called for one-third reduction

Ireland - Calls For More Prison Space Amid Overcrowding


Australia - Indigenous boy, 16, dies a week after being found unresponsive in WA’s Casuarina prison

New Zealand - High prison remand numbers probed


News 19 October


Malawi Relocates Female Inmates to Female-Only Prisons


US - Prisons and Jails are Violent; They Don’t Have to Be

US - Fewer in Tennessee prisons being granted parole, report shows. Here's why.


‘Inhumane’: chief inspector describes chaos in English prisons

England and Wales - 'Chaotic' probation system puts people at risk of being called back to prison

Ireland - New female accommodation opens at Limerick Prison


Australia - Selesa Tafaifa had spent significant time in solitary confinement before altercation that led to her death, inquest hears


News 18 October


The United States Criminalizes People Who Need Health Care and Housing

US (California) - San Francisco slammed for denying inmates access to sunlight


North Korea ramps up public executions

Philippines - BuCor inks pact with US DOJ, UN on rehab program for extremist offenders


England and Wales - MoJ ‘put public at risk’ after quietly transferring inmates to open prisons

England and Wales - Concerns over staffing pressures at Kent and Sussex prisons

Crowded house: Are Scotland's overcrowded prisons fit for purpose?,crowded-house-are-scotlands-overcrowded-prisons-fit-for-purpose


Australia - Prison video shows Selesa Tafaifa being wrestled to the ground by officers. Six minutes later she was dead


News 17 October


Nigeria - Too many inmates remain on ‘death row’


US - Time For A Bureau Of Prisons Task Force To Implement The First Step Act

US - Access To Long-Term Nursing Care For Justice-Involved Elderly

US (Mississippi) - MDOC launches simulation preparing inmates for post-prison life


Malaysia - Home minister: Rehab programme effective with only one of 800 in parole, community service programme returning to prison


England and Wales - Justice Secretary to take ‘decisive action’ over indefinite prison sentences

England and Wales - Bristol Prison deemed unsafe as 10 inmates die since 2019

Scotland's 'failing' £240million prison escort service blasted by warders' union


News 14-16 October


Red-flags raised around medically-assisted death in Canada’s prisons

5 killed in Mexico prison riot. Authorities cite dispute between inmates

Billion-dollar supersize prisons are slated to be built across the U.S. But do they help or hurt public safety?

US - Louisiana denies clemency hearings to five death row prisoners


India - Delhi government considering allowing conjugal visits in prisons

Malaysia - Budget 2024: Prisons Dept empowers inmates with TVET skills


England and Wales - New rules set out for foreign criminals and low-level offenders

Two-thirds of prisons officially overcrowded in England and Wales

Prisons plan could add 1,000 places in England and Wales amid overcrowding

England and Wales - Surge in number of women being jailed as overcrowding crisis grips prisons

England and Wales - Younger prisoners facing health care crisis as access to key appointments and specialist care is denied

England and Wales - Overdoses double at prison where inmates say it’s ‘easy’ to get drugs

England and Wales - HMP Five Wells: Former staff describe 'dangerous' conditions

Large rise in number of deaths in Irish prisons last year, Inspector of Prisons says

Ireland - Mountjoy Prison conditions 'shocking' - report

Jersey ballet company performs for island's prisoners

Northern Ireland - Solicitor makes call for ‘full public scrutiny of prisons’ as Maghaberry inmate wins segregation case


News 13 October


South Africa - Correctional Services Department Re-Arrested 90% Of Prison Escapees In 2022/23


El Salvador is gradually filling its new mega prison with alleged gang members

US - Describing Modern Day Prison Labor’s Roots in Slavery, Groups Urge Court to Uphold Rights of Incarcerated Workers Subjected to Harsh Conditions, Inhumane Treatment

US - ACLU sues Delaware for ‘deliberate indifference’ to medical care in prisons


Taiwan - Court approves polling booth in Taipei Prison


England and Wales - Criminals facing sentences under six months ‘will be spared prison’

Just 557 prison spaces left and ‘criminals to be spared jail’ as population hits record high

England and Wales - ‘Inevitable’ prison spaces will run out as judges ‘delay sentencings’ to avoid overwhelming system

HMP Eastwood Park: Report finds prison has highest self-harm rate in England and Wales

Northern Ireland - Magilligan prisoners’ writing skills recognised in UK-wide competition

New bill adds additional jail time for dodging prison sentences in Romania


News 12 October


Canada’s youth justice system should extend beyond age 18

Inmates free hostages at Paraguay prison, end riot

US - One in Five: Ending Racial Inequity in Incarceration

US - Oklahoma prison held inmates in shower stalls for days

US - Arizona inmate suffers horrific injuries after technician does not remove metal shackles during MRI

US - California bills to reform prisons have a mixed record of success this session


England and Wales - Convicted criminals could avoid jail because prisons are 'full'

England and Wales - SBFM to launch academies in prisons

England and Wales - Bristol café to be staffed by ex-offenders given go ahead

Slovenia - Lack of prison officers noted as MPs discuss judiciary budgets


News 11 October


South Africa - More special remissions coming to reduce overcrowding in prisons


Paraguay's biggest prison set ablaze, rioting inmates take guards hostage

US prisoners who did not consent to ivermectin Covid treatment win payout

US - New Jersey prisons flagrantly flout law limiting solitary confinement, watchdog finds

US - California emergency regulations would change use of solitary confinement in prisons


England and Wales - Wandsworth Prison unsafe and inhumane - watchdog report

England and Wales - Inside hell-hole men's prison dubbed 'no-toilet jail' where inmates have to use bottles

Northern Ireland - Prisoners at Maghaberry use gardening and baking skills to raise £4,500 for RNLI


News 5 – 10 October

World Psychiatric Association Releases Report Opposing the Death Penalty for People with Mental Illness or Development and Intellectual Disabilities


Ghana - Prison Officers to receive specialised training in convict management – Deputy Interior Minister

'Money for freedom': Morocco's solution to prison overcrowding


Canada - Calls for more oversight: 'The only people who know what's going on in provincial jails are the inmates'

Canada - Mould halts in-person visits at Newfoundland's notorious, rodent-infested prison

Ecuador extends state of emergency after prison deaths

U.S. Local Jail Population Surges by 4% in Mid-2022, Female Inmates Increase by 9%

US - Youth Justice: Lessons From the Last 50 Years

US - Graying prisons face accelerating health care needs

US - N.Y. prison watchdog report says inmates struggle to voice grievances

US - Racial disparities persist in Alaska’s prisons

US - Inmate Deaths Raise Questions About Temperatures in Oklahoma Prisons


Human rights commission urges Korea to abolish death penalty

Fire in Lebanese prison leaves 3 dead and 16 injured

Malaysia - Home Ministry studying possibility of home detention, suspended sentencing as part of prison reform


Prison places in England and Wales are ‘bust’, says governors’ union chief

Over 100,000 children in England and Wales have parent in prison, analysis shows

England and Wales - Indeterminate prison sentences – when 18 months can last 18 years

England and Wales - Drug use 'rife' at HMP Dartmoor as watchdog slams Devon prison

England and Wales - Lancaster prison criticised after inmate is kept chained to officers as he dies of Covid-19

England and Wales - Fred Sirieix opens restaurant in Welsh prison

England and Wales - Ministry of Justice triggers Operation Safeguard as HMP Elmley on Sheppey ‘reaches capacity’ with problems ‘all across the county’

Scotland's prison population projected to hit record high

Scotland - Prison chiefs urged to tackle ‘cramped’ living conditions in HMP Perth


Australia - Woman in spit hood told Queensland prison guards four times she couldn’t breathe before dying, inquest hears

Australia - NSW women’s prison lacking hundreds of security cameras despite guard sexually assaulting detainees

New Zealand - Christchurch Men’s Prison reaches ‘operational capacity’, prisoners moved to other sites

New Zealand - Prison document reveals staff concerns over increasingly violent youth


News 4 October


Uganda - Send to jail only those who deserve to be there – CJ


Honduras, the country where the Bukele method failed

US - For Incarcerated Women and Their Families, Equal Access to Education Transforms Lives

US (California) - Solitary Confinement Reform And Other Bills May Get A Second Chance In 2024

US - Pennsylvania inmates sue over ‘torturous conditions’ of solitary confinement

Venezuela’s Neverending Prison Crisis


India - Uttarakhand govt to hike minimum wages of prisoners employed in prison labour

Philippines - Solons want BJMP, BuCor’s records system to go digital


England and Wales - UK could rent space in foreign jails to ease shortage of cells

England and Wales - Prison inmates ‘at risk of death’ due to healthcare failings, says inquest report

England and Wales - ‘I collapsed and woke up in handcuffs’: Prison isn’t safe for pregnant women, so why are we locking them up?

Ireland - Call for additional funding to address prison overcrowding

Malta - ‘Inhumane cage’ in prison removed ahead of European inspection

Scotland's prisons under 'acute pressure' as populations rise by almost 10 per cent


Australia (Victoria) - Guard’s keys stolen, inmates hospitalised after ‘affray’ inside juvenile prison


News 3 October


Uganda – Prisons turn inmates into cotton farmers


US - Bill aims to lower price markups, ease financial burdens in California prisons


Cambodia - Random drug tests to target prison officials, inmates: GDP

A more humane approach to prison life offers lessons for Hong Kong

Five inmates slay guards, flee Myanmar’s Dawei prison


Cyprus - Juvenile prison plans in final stages

England and Wales - Criminals may be freed early to ease overcrowding as prison crisis laid bare

England and Wales - ‘You cr** where you eat’: Grim state of UK prisons revealed as inmates crammed into cells for 23 hours a day

England and Wales - HMP Aylesbury makes 'remarkable' improvement, report says

England and Wales - HMP Five Wells officers 'left alone with 64 prisoners'

Scotland - Psychoactive drugs making inmates violent and aggressive


News 30 September – 2 October


Uganda – Costly incarceration: Elderly inmates plead for more support


US - ‘There’s geniuses in there’: how three chefs rose from prison to the top of the culinary world

US - Texas prisons are as hot as ovens. I’m being cooked like a rotisserie chicken


India - Undertrials in jail for long should get bail even if offence serious: Bombay High Court

Calm returns to Iran prison after protest by inmates, state media report

Singapore - Salvation Army initiatives allow prisoners to play with their kids, join support groups


England and Wales - 'Serious concern' about Long Lartin as prison boss calls for closures

England and Wales - 'A prison officer will get killed': Staff warn of chaos and violence inside flagship super prison

England and Wales - HMP Lewes should no longer be used, says watchdog

England and Wales - Prisoners Building Homes scheme nominated for prestigious award


New Zealand - Women's prisons should routinely offer pregnancy tests on arrival, inspectorate recommends


News 29 September


Nigeria - Prison congestion: stakeholders blame state laws


UN Report Urges End to Forced US Prison Labor—a 'Contemporary Form of Slavery'

The Largest Form of Criminal Punishment in the United States Is Not Prison. It’s Still Awful.

US - Louisiana pulls incarcerated girls out of controversial youth prison


Plan for 20,000 more prison places in England and Wales won’t be complete until 2030

Criminals in England and Wales spared jail sentences because of overcrowding

England and Wales - We should all care about the dire state of our prisons

England and Wales - New Prison Education Service to cut crime

England and Wales - 11 years for stealing a mobile phone: Inside the lives of IPP prisoners serving sentences of 'psychological torture'

England and Wales - How young people in prison are getting a fresh start by giving free haircuts to the homeless

England and Wales - Lancashire super prison public inquiry reopening is delayed

England and Wales - Immediate action to improve HMP Woodhill

Russia's Harsh Prison System Is 'A Bottomless Reservoir Of Mercenaries,' Says Rights Advocate

Sweden to build special prison wards for young offenders


Western Australia - Isolation 'should be outlawed' for youth justice system


News 27 – 28 September


Canada - ‘I feel at peace’: Iqaluit inmates learn carving skills

US - ‘It’s torture’: Solitary confinement tests limits of California prison reform

US (North Carolina) - NC prison staffer sounds alarm on overcrowding, neglect of basic prisoner health and safety


India - From Creche To Immunisation Centres, Tihar Jail Attempts Give Better Services To Female Prisoners' Children

Myanmar - Prisons Increase Restrictions Curb on Food Parcels for Inmates


Belgium - No short-term miracle solution for prisons, unions say

England and Wales - Prisons ‘out of control’ as drug testing regime millions over budget and targets missed

England and Wales - Criminal gangs in UK sending recruits to train as prison officers, union warns

Pepper spray could be used at young offender institutions in England and Wales

England and Wales - Psychologists having to talk to young offenders through cell doors

England and Wales - HMP Littlehey criticised after ill inmate left on toilet for 14 hours

England and Wales - Record number of trials adjourned over failure to bring suspects from prison to court

Improved governance at supervised prison units in Northern Ireland, review finds

Turkey - Report exposes systematic rights violations of prisoners in Tarsus jail


New Zealand - Inspectorate Report Examines Women In Prison Who Have Young Children


News 26 September


Kenya - Contagious scabies scare reported at Kakamega GK Prison


US - Supreme Court's interpretation of the word "and" could affect thousands of prison sentences each year

US - Dozens of inmates at Utah prison infected in scabies outbreak

US - Why are hundreds of Missourians stuck in jail, not treated for mental health issues?


India - Parliamentary panel bats for better facilities for women prisoners


One in 10 prisons in England and Wales should be shut down, watchdog says

Violence, isolation and rat-infested cells: insiders on the state of English and Welsh prisons

The state of prisons in England and Wales – in numbers

England and Wales - ‘Antiquated’ Pentonville Prison found unfit as place for prisoners to live or be rehabilitated

England and Wales - Exeter Prison failures linked to prisoner's death

England and Wales - HMP Highpoint: Restraint use on ill prisoner 'inappropriate', says watchdog

Ireland - Solutions to prison overcrowding


News 23 – 25 September


US prison labor is cruel and pointless legalized slavery. I know first-hand

US - Why Are So Many Inmates at This Federal Prison Dying?

Venezuela completes first phase of retaking control of prisons run by prisoners


India - SC calls for compassion in release of long-term prisoners

India - Released prison inmates given business kits

Nepal - Govt grants general amnesty to 7,000 prisoners over five years


Cyprus - Prison union calls for end to understaffing amidst inmate clash

England and Wales - Prison inmates row 510 miles for charity

England and Wales - Hayling Island: Criminals choose beach clean over prison

Inspector criticises 'degrading' Irish prison conditions

Scotland - Overcrowding at HMP Addiewell laid bare as prison reached 'over 100 per cent capacity'

Prison officials in eastern Turkey hogtied two female inmates for hours: report


News 22 September


US - Texas inmate killed by cellmate during a statewide prison lockdown

US (Alabama) - Corrections in ‘tough situation’ over staffing, crowding, aging prison population

VR transports users to notorious Venezuelan prison: ‘The world needs to know’


India - Parliamentary panel recommends GPS trackers to reduce overcrowding in prisons

India - Prisoner’s rights don’t part ways at jail gates: Madras High Court

India - Raised behind bars: How Tihar takes care of inmates' kids

Critics claim drug use clemency proposal to reduce overcrowding in Indonesia’s prisons shortsighted

Thailand to clamp down on cannabis use in major U-turn on drug policy


Cyprus - Brawl at Nicosia prison contained by guards

Scots prisons 'bursting at seams' as inmates sharing single cells due to overcrowding crisis

Suicide risk in male incarcerated individuals in Spain: clinical, criminological and prison-related correlates


Australia - Community to benefit from prison dairy program supplying milk to WA jails


News 21 September

End overreliance on punitive measures to address drugs problem – UN report


More than 5,600 Jamaicans empowered with restorative justice skills

US - Final price tag on Alabama’s new 4,000-bed prison could top $1 billion

US - Private Prison Firm Pays Mississippi $5 Million After Audit Found Understaffing Issues

US - Texas' lockdown of its overheated state prisons is worsening an already volatile situation

Venezuela sends 11,000 troops to retake prison


India - Literacy lessons for jail inmates

Iran - Psychological and Mental Torture of Female Prisoners in Qarchak Prison by Inhumane Sentences


England and Wales - Childhood in care raises risk of entering English youth justice system eightfold

England and Wales - HMP Foston Hall: Council approves expansion of prison

England and Wales - Wrexham: HMP Berwyn given food hygiene rating of one

Scotland - Lack of scrutiny of prison healthcare standards ‘a national disgrace’, MSPs told


Australia - Better use of tech in prisons would help with transition back into society, says researcher


News 20 September


Cabo Verde: Total of 2,100 inmates in jails, 34pct more than in 2018 – minister

Kenyan prison warden shares rare glimpse into inmates’ hidden world

Can Zimbabwe’s First ‘Open Prison’ for Women Open Doors to a New Life?


US - Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences Are a Failed Policy That Needs to End

US - Can restorative justice break the cycle of mass incarceration?

US - Nebraska prison report raises concern about long-term solitary confinement

US - California Inmates Accuse Prison Commissaries of Price Gouging  

US - South Carolina obtains lethal injection drugs to carry out death penalty again after decade-long hiatus

US - Florida prisons use artificial intelligence to surveil calls


India - Poor people are more prone to detention, says Supreme Court’s justice SK Kaul

Nepal president pardons jail term of 670 prisoners

Philippines - Hope behind bars: Transforming lives through livelihood training


England and Wales - Prisoners at Lancashire jail wait too long for their complaints to be heard due to staffing levels


Australia - Queensland Human Rights Commission recommends ridding women's prisons of traumatising strip searches


News 19 September


Canada - Oral surgeon pleads guilty to letting prison guard do dental work on sedated inmate

I spent nine years in a Colombian women’s prison. This is what I learned

Incarceration rates, falling in every US state, drive significant shifts in risk of prison for marginalized groups

US - Incarcerated Seniors Lack Access to Hospice Care


India - People Remaining Behind Bars As Undertrials A Disturbing Trend : Supreme Court Judge Justice SK Kaul

India - At Delhi jails, warm water in winters for inmates soon


England and Wales - Inspectors urge independent review into ‘struggling’ Probation Service

England and Wales - HMP Foston Hall: New prison 'apartments' would allow children overnight

England and Wales - Inside Preston Prison: Rat-infested wings, poor living conditions and 'heavy-handed staff'

England and Wales - Prisoner who heard voices from 'pig man' died at jail where mental health care 'not of required standard'


New Zealand - Quarter of all youth going through the courts given adult sentences


News 16 – 18 September


Africa Court orders Tanzania to end caning in jail sentences


US - Bureau Of Prisons’ Challenges With First Step Act Release Dates

US - Louisiana prisoner suit claims they’re forced to endure dangerous conditions at Angola prison farm

US - More people are dying in Louisiana prisons, some before getting a trial

US - Oklahoma is set to execute 10th man in less than two years


Indian jail sets shining example for prison reform as inmates polish diamonds

Jordan - 351 prison alternative penalties issued in August – MoJ

Nepal - Rautahat jail overcrowded, prisoners face sheer inconvenience


England and Wales - Urgent calls for swift action in self-harm related prison deaths

England and Wales - Almost 3,000 prisoners remain incarcerated under IPPs

England and Wales - The toxic prison attitude that can cost inmates their lives

England and Wales - Britain’s broken justice system revealed as prisoners trapped in jail for five years before trial


Australian state suspends human rights law to lock up more children

Australian-First Aboriginal Healing Unit In Prison Opens

New Zealand - Nationwide crisis looms as Corrections staff consider strike action


News 15 September


Rights groups call for 'international inspection' of Egypt’s prisons after leaked videos allegedly show abuses


Bahamas - Acting Prison Commissioner ‘making progress’ in efforts to become licenced as correctional facility

Canada - Mental health and prison: a tragic cycle that repeats itself

Salvadoran Prisons House Over 105,000 Inmates

US - Appeals court temporarily halts order to move juvenile detainees from Louisiana adult prison


Taiwan - Taipei Prison censured by Control Yuan over mistreatment of prisoners


England and Wales - Justice Committee to examine the future prison population and estate capacity

England and Wales - Crown court backlog hits new record high with more than 64,000 cases waiting

Turkey - Protest against torture of women in Patnos prison


News 14 September


Kenyans don’t trust the courts - the main factors behind this trend


Canada - Officers have filed scores of scathing reports about 'unfit' conditions at HMP. We obtained them

U.S. prisons chief insists to Senate panel there’s been ‘visible change’ in the system


Bahrain prison hunger strike ‘ended’: officials

Philippines - CHR backs measure on prisons monitoring


England and Wales - Our prisons are in crisis

England and Wales - HMP Wakefield: Calls for action over conditions at city’s high security jail

Wim Hof activities and yoga for La Moye prison inmates funded by Jersey government grant

Scotland - Why Britain’s new £85m women’s ‘superjail’ has got off to an awful start


News 13 September


Canada - An overdose prevention site for inmates is coming to this Ontario prison

US - New report examines how Kentucky fills jails and prisons by criminalizing poverty


The dire state of British prisons – and what they could learn from Europe to get better

England and Wales - Fears prisons could be run by gangs as thousands of guards quit

England and Wales - David Morgan: Dead prisoner shown 'shocking lack of concern' by jail staff

Scotland - Number of inmates expected to soar as prison populace exceeds 8,000

Scotland - Prisons inspector warns delay to Barlinne rebuild would be 'travesty'


News 12 September

$1bn in aid has been used to support failed ‘war on drugs’ over past decade, says report


Canada - Indigenous-led restorative justice program in development in Peace Region

El Salvador Is Imprisoning People at Triple the Rate of the US

Jamaica - Restorative justice plays vital role in healing the nation, says acting director

US - Study finds probation associated with poorer health for Black Americans

US - Louisiana prisons need better oversight of sentencing changes, auditor says


India - Jail staff trained to screen mentally ill prisoners in Odisha

Malaysia says death row prisoners can appeal sentences


Armenia ratifies Protocol N. 13 Concerning the Abolition of Death Penalty in All Circumstances

England and Wales - Concerns at Wellingborough's £253m 'super prison' HMP Five Wells with drugs, hooch, mobiles and SIM cards and staff safety issues

Scotland - Overcrowded prisons are an indictment of a society that jails chaotic people – Karyn McCluskey


News 9 – 11 September


US - Louisiana’s Notorious Angola Prison Will No Longer Hold Children

US - As NH prison population declines, parole violators make up bigger share


India - SC-appointed panel on jail reforms slams solitary confinement of death row convicts — ‘most egregious’

India - Byculla Jail to be redeveloped into vertical prison

Malaysia - Law on revision of death penalty, life imprisonment comes into force Sept 12

Philippines - Bilibid shutdown by 2028 eyed

Saudi Arabia: 100 people executed as authorities continue relentless ‘killing spree’


England and Wales - Indefinite sentences should be suicide risk factor, says prisons watchdog

England and Wales - Around 40 inmates moved after HMP Wandsworth prison break

Italy - Inmate dies in Viterbo prison, another attempts suicide

Lord Advocate gives green light for safe drug consumption rooms in Scotland


New Zealand - Election 2023: Māori Party want to abolish prisons by 2040, separate tikanga justice system to address inequities


News 8 September

World Coalition Publishes Country Mapping Report on Women on Death Row


Canada - Released prisoners should get help to reenter society, says Cowichan MP

Mexico Supreme Court decriminalizes abortion in landmark decision


Philippines - Bilibid inmate reveals 'lax' situation in maximum security prison


England and Wales - Terror suspect escape prompts furious political row over prison cuts

Amount of Raac in English and Welsh prisons won’t be known for at least two months

England and Wales - Guys Marsh prison's performance 'of concern' says report

England and Wales - HMP Wandsworth needs closing, says chief inspector of prisons


Australia - NSW Law Society welcomes planned expansion of drug court operations


News 7 September


In Bolivia’s Largest Prison, Inmates Make The Rule And There Are No Guards

US - Texas prison system issues statewide lockdown to combat illegal drugs, inmate violence

US - D.C. Councilmember Renews Push To Ban Solitary Confinement At D.C. Jail


Cambodia - Top official calls for regular inspections of prisons

Hong Kong detention center overflowing as thousands serve time for protests

Nepal - Govt inhumanity in Central Jail: Overcrowding and dilapidated buildings increase risks to inmates


England and Wales - Record prison overcrowding ‘an embarrassment for UK’

Stop detaining children in Luxembourg Prison, urges anti-torture committee


Australia - Supporting the ‘invisible victims’ of the criminal justice system


News 6 September


South Africa - Kutama Fire: Inside The Torching Of Limpopo's Maximum Security Prison


Are Ecuador’s Army, Police, and Prisons Beyond Reform?

US - Florida’s ‘Two-Strikes’ Law Put Him in Prison for Life. Even His Victim Said It Was Too Harsh.


India - Denied basic facilities, women prisoners impacted far worse than men: SC panel on prison reforms

India - Is the Proposed Overhaul of the Criminal Justice System Decolonising or Recolonising the Law?


England and Wales - Report details life behind bars in Chelmsford Prison

England and Wales - Investigation launched after Shropshire prisoner died in custody

Turkey - Complaints of intolerable prison conditions surface from Edirne L-Type prison


News 5 September


Belize - Prison inmates drive road safety effort: Collaborative project with Ministry of Infrastructure & Kolbe Foundation

Ecuador’s prisons are increasingly violent 

US - Nitrogen Gas Executions Could Go Horribly Wrong. Here's Why

US - Re-Entry One works to lower Florida’s reincarceration rate


Philippines - Lawmaker seeks reforms in PH correctional facilities


England and Wales - Concerns raised over staffing levels at HMP Berwyn

England and Wales - How I turned prisoners’ misery into reading pleasure: the brilliant story of Bang Up Books

England and Wales - HMP Lincoln officer didn't carry out welfare checks on prisoner who killed himself

Germany refuses to extradite man to UK over concerns about British jail conditions


Australia (Victoria) - Ban detention for under-16s, justice inquiry tells govt

Northern Mariana Islands - Civil Rights committee examines health care for incarcerated people on Saipan


News 2- 4 September 2023

Prison architecture: Treading the fine line between the need for confinement and the ethics of freedom


Combating recidivism and promoting reintegration: Brazil’s experiment with prisons without guards

Canada - Prison Amazon accounts keep federal inmates stuck in the 1990s

Ecuador: Inmates in prison takeover free 57 hostages after 24-hour standoff

US - Prison Labour and Cambodian Supply Chains

US - I Worked in Federal Prison Sweatshops for 23 Cents an Hour

US (California) - Ending the Golden State Era of Solitary Confinement

US - ‘Astonishingly cruel’: Alabama seeks to test execution method on death row ‘guinea pig’


Bangladesh - Prisons infrastructure creaking under weight of imprisoned population

Nepal - Custodial deaths go on as perpetrators are left unpunished


England and Wales - Number of offenders with indefinite sentences recalled to prison soars

England and Wales - UN highlights ‘psychological harm’ to UK man jailed since 2012 for phone theft

England and Wales - Concern over violence at HMP Berwyn after 'inmate influx'


Australia - The blueprint to end Victoria’s ‘pipeline’ of Aboriginal kids into the justice system


News 1 September


Seychelles Prison Services transitioning to Seychelles Correctional Services in new strategic plan

South Africa - Prisoners were tortured at Leeuwkop prison, court finds


Ecuador prison violence: Dozens of guards taken hostage

US - Thousands of California inmates are sentenced to die in prison. Should some get to seek parole?

US - New Colorado laws improve communication services in prison, access to court proceedings

US - Florida uses unpaid prison labor to prepare for Hurricane Idalia

US - ACLU files wrongful death lawsuits over Alaska prison suicides

US - Oklahoma inches closer to eliminating private prisons


Cambodia - Nearly 400 inmates seek pardons, commutations

Israel – Prisons to release 120 inmates to alleviate overcrowding

Pakistan - Home secretary for gender sensitive training of jail staff


England and Wales - HMP Woodhill: Call for emergency measures at 'unsafe' prison

England and Wales - Whitemoor prison review planned after March prisoner’s death


New Zealand - Judge slams lack of allocated mental health beds for Whangārei courts

Papua New Guinea - PNG capital’s Bomana jail full – refusing any new prisoners


News 31 August


Canada - Inmates in Her Majesty's Penitentiary say they feel hopeless, alone and increasingly unwell

US - California debates solitary confinement in local jails — and whether it’s really possible to end it

US - Dying and disabled Illinois prisoners kept behind bars, despite new medical release law


UN expresses concern over continued hunger strike at Bahrain prison

India - Supreme Court panel suggests suicide-resistant barracks in prison to curb deaths


England and Wales - UN torture expert urges government to review 'mess' left by indefinite prison sentences

England and Wales - Winchester Prison: Decaying buildings undermine jail's progress, report says

England and Wales - Offenders refusing to attend sentencing will spend longer in prison

England and Wales - HMP Leeds: Long cell 'lock-ups' blamed as Armley prison now has second highest suicide rate in country

England and Wales - North Sea Camp open prison criticised over 'cramped' cells

Greece: Anti-Torture Panel Decries Korydallos Prison Hospital Conditions

Scotland - Prisoner death rate more than trebled in a decade, report reveals

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service statement on prisoner escort services


Australia - Suicide of Indigenous man Mr Blanket in WA prison was due to lack of safe cells, coroner finds


News 30 August


Canada - High number of prison breaks from federal healing lodges: Report

US - Florida evacuates 4,000 prisoners from 35 facilities statewide ahead of hurricane

Norway Aids in Humanizing U.S. Prison Systems


India - SC seeks views of Centre, states on prison reforms report in three weeks

Malaysia - First-time non-serious offenders should not be sent to prison


England and Wales - Government spends millions on overspill prison cells in police stations, exclusive data reveals

England and Wales - Housing inmates in police cells ‘predictable mess’, says former head of prison service

England and Wales - Leeds charity's success at giving prisoners a chance

Scotland - Young prisoner dies in custody three days after being remanded by Aberdeen sheriff


News 25 – 29 August


Canada - CCLA Calls For Immediate Reforms To Prison Strip Searches In Ontario, Implementation Of Body Scanners As Alternative

US - ‘Like being inside an oven’: Extreme weather batters imprisoned people

US - Report Spotlights Horrific Conditions in Solitary Confinement in Alabama Prisons

US - Missouri prisons ban friends and family from sending books to prisoners

US - Covid Outbreak Prompts Restrictions At Hawaii’s Largest Prison


‘Slow murder’: Hundreds of prisoners stage Bahrain’s largest hunger strike

India - PIL in HC stokes a debate on prison inmates’ right to conjugal visits

India - Tihar Jail’s novel scheme to generate employment within prison system


Risk of homelessness after prison release and recidivism in Denmark: a nationwide, register-based cohort study

England and Wales - Prisons are at breaking point

England and Wales - 'Life means life': Government to expand whole-life prison sentences for most depraved killers

England and Wales - Prison and probation staffing dangerously low after botched privatisation

England and Wales - HMP Gartree: Decision over new prison delayed again

England and Wales - Urgent action to improve HMP Bristol

Guernsey - New cookery course offered to prison inmates

Ireland - €300,000 to be spent on assessing prisoners' mental health

Turkey - 9,000 inmates who benefited from COVID-19 release have failed to return to prison


Australia - Mothers in prison embrace a parenting program to strengthen bonds with separated children

Australia - Queensland government repeatedly ignored warnings two years ago of youth prison overcrowding

Australia - Prison Service defends lockdowns as Tasmanian inmate's mum complains of 'inhumane treatment' at remand centre


News 24 August


Gambia - Mile II Central Prisons Has Digital Records And Clinic Facilities As Part Of Ongoing Reforms

Ghana - Youth form 85% of prison inmates - Ages range between 12-35

South Africa: Analysis - the Troubled History of Mangaung Prison


China - Legal aid measures due to take effect

India - Draft report on prison reforms: House panel suggests transfer of prisoners from congested jails

India - Calcutta High Court flags concerns over failure to implement prison reforms despite Supreme Court directive of 1978

Philippines - DOJ: Prisoners’ food budget still at P70 in 2024


Scotland - Understanding women’s experience of justice

Number of prisoners declines under new law, but overcrowding persists in Turkish prisons


Australia - Sydney woman and former prisoner designing 'survival guide' for inmates to help navigate system


News 23 August


CJ Koome urges Kenyans to embrace alternative justice processes


Brazil Has The Third Largest Female Prison Population In The World- Report

Canada - His brother died in an Ontario jail. Advocates say calls for reform to prevent such deaths are being ignored

Ecuador should hold violent convicts on prison boats, says presidential hopeful Noboa

Inside El Salvador's mega-prison holding 12,000 alleged gangsters

US - Walmart probes use of prison labour in Cambodia

US - The First Step Act: Ending Mass Incarceration in Federal Prisons

US - Oregon women's prison report raises red flags; acting director, governor respond


India - Prolonged Incarceration Of Undertrial Prisoners Violates Constitutional Principles Of Dignity & Liberty: SC Releases Nigerian Citizen In Jail For 9 Years

Lebanon: Harrowing Prison Conditions

Pakistan - Swift implementation of juvenile justice act demanded

Sri Lanka - Disease hit Galle prison to keep inmates out of Courts


England and Wales - Portland YOI given 'performance of concern' rating in latest report


Australia (Queensland) - Human rights fury over bid to amend Youth Justice Act


News 19-22 August


US - As the death toll in stifling Texas prisons climbs, congressional Democrats ask for investigation

US - New York is building the world’s tallest jail in Chinatown. Can anyone stop it?

US - Inside a ‘Nightmare’ Lockdown at a Wisconsin Prison


Bahrain: Hundreds of prisoners on hunger strike over inhumane living conditions

Hong Kong heatwave prompts calls for cooler prisons, but lawmakers draw line at air conditioning for inmates

India - State prison dept hikes wages of inmates

India - Prison capacity to be ramped up by 6,000 in Maharashtra

Iran Executes Eight More Over Past 72 Hours In Prison 'Killing Fields'


Recall rules to be eased on indefinite jail sentences in England and Wales

England and Wales - Anger as suspects locked up in limbo for up to three years as their lives fall apart

Pain-inducing restraints to be banned in England and Wales children’s prisons

Ireland - Alternatives to short prison sentences

Ireland - Prison service to retain old Cork Prison site due to overcrowding

Poland fills prisons with white-collar crime suspects


News 18 August


South Africa - More fatalities at Kutama Sinthumule prison, says Lamola


US - Prison Healthcare Means Not Knowing What’s Slowly Destroying My Body

US - Oregon fails to support women in prison, report finds

US - Suicide Watch Incidents in Louisiana Prisons Spike by Nearly a Third on Extreme Heat Days, a New Study Finds


India’s supreme court issues handbook against use of archaic terms for women

India - Prison department prepares inmates’ profile for premature release


England and Wales - Woodhill Prison looks to tackle staff shortages

England and Wales - Fry and Waal support prison reading research project

England and Wales - HMP Wakefield and New Hall prison's performance rating has worsened since Covid

Ireland - Restorative justice plan likely to leave ‘significant gaps’

Welsh Affairs Committee launch follow up inquiry to examine Prisons in Wales


News 17 August


South Africa - Thousands of non-violent offenders due for early release from prison


Canada - COVID-19 outbreaks continued in Sask. jails after public disclosures ceased: documents

The Timebomb That Exploded Twice: Behind The Massacres in Honduras' Women's Prison

US - This Therapy Helps Formerly Incarcerated People Return to Society

US - Inmates at California women's prison sue federal government over sexual abuse

US - Ohio death row inmates spend 21 years waiting for execution date


India - Win for transparency: Parliamentary committee recommends mandatory annual reports for high courts

UAE - Dubai prisoners hope cooking classes will offer second chance at life


Ireland - Sharp increase in number of very short prison terms being imposed by judges

Ireland - Quarter of prisoners fail or refuse to take drugs test


News 16 August


Nigeria - ‘Correctional Service Reforms Will Improve Penal Administration’


US - Hearing begins over incarcerated youths being held at Louisiana’s maximum-security prison

US - Study: S.C. prisons have the U.S.’s third-highest population of convicted children


New IPC, CrPC bill: Is India's planned criminal law reform a game-changer?

India - Here's How Maharashtra Govt Plans To Improve Conditions In Jails's-how-maharashtra-govt-plans-to-improve-conditions-in-jails-80339


England and Wales - 'Significant deterioration' at HMP Lowdham Grange with rising violence and self-harm after operator change

England and Wales - 'Remarkably safe' Aylesbury Vale prison must improve education services following inspection

Ukrainian prisoners of war say they were tortured at Russian prison


News 9 – 15 August


South Africa - Pay up or dry up: Johannesburg disconnects water at Leeuwkop Prison for R9.8 million debt


Brazil - Senate committee approves DNA collection of prison inmates

Canada - 'Not much has changed': Sudbury, Ont. advocates decry lack of support services in northern Ontario jails

Ecuador's government sending troops and police to take control of prison zone  

US - What the New Wave of Prison Art Tells Us About Incarceration Today

US - Texas claims spike in prison deaths isn't heat-related. Study says that can’t be true.

US - Hawaii Inmates Are Kept Behind Bars To Complete Programs They Can’t Get Into


Bahrain prisoners on hunger strike demanding better conditions

India - I-Day: Delhi Prisons DG announces remission for 1,300 convicts, 1,200 CCTV cameras for enhanced security

Israel - Prisons in crisis with overcrowding, abject conditions - public defender

National forum discusses abolishing death penalty in Jordan

Surge in Executions As Singapore Clears ‘Backlog’ of Death Row Dealers

Sri Lanka - New mechanism to reduce burden of prisons on Treasury


England and Wales - Kirkham prison is performing worse than it did before the pandemic, according to Ministry of Justice figures

Ireland - Prisoner critical after attack in Mountjoy Prison, another dies by suicide

Italy’s justice minister visits prison where 2 inmates died as advocates warn of summertime suicides

Scotland - Innovative project allows play time for children and parents within prison walls


Australia - Potentially hundreds of conversations live-streamed from bugged Risdon Prison room, Tasmanian government reveals

Australia - Bail reforms set to keep more Victorians out of jail

New Zealand - Justice system bogged down in 'delays of two to three years' for trials


News 8 August


Canadian prisons need international oversight to prevent human rights violations


How Does Pakistan’s Prison System Work? | TLDR


England and Wales - Prison and probation staffing dangerously low

England and Wales - ‘I never knew what horrors were happening in there’: the show giving Woodhill prisoners’ bereaved families a voice

Ireland - Obstetrician will lead access to specialist women’s health in Limerick Prison


Australia - Inmates asked to ramp up home building for First Nations communities in New South Wales

Australia - Custodial Services report finds Broome Prison offers 'no meaningful rehabilitation'


News 4 – 7 August


Kenyan prisons are choking with young, petty offenders

Nigeria - 4,204 persons sent to prison in four months – Report

‘Fit for pigs’: Conditions in overcrowded Zimbabwe prisons choke inmates


British Virgin Islands - Too many in prison on remand, says Governor

Ecuador prison staff arrested over drugs, weapons

St Vincent & the Grenadines - Murder convicts dominate the prison population

US - How 600-plus California inmates got more than 11,000 years cut off their prison sentences

US - New report: Virginia's prison population is growing older

US - Florida’s prisons face dual crisis: inmate boom and scorching heat wave

US - Geriatric Jailbirds: Florida's Elderly Inmate Population Has Skyrocketed


Bangladesh - Prison reform is the need of the hour

As Korea moves to institute life sentences without parole, experts voice doubts over efficacy

Chaos behind Nepal’s prison bars

Nepal - Inmates set fire to jail in Jhapa

Philippines - House bill seeks creation of Department of Corrections and Jail Management

As Singapore Hangs More Drug Offenders, Some Worry Cases Aren’t Always Clear-Cut


England and Wales - Wrongfully convicted people will no longer have to pay living costs for time served in prison

Three-quarters of prisons in England and Wales in appalling conditions as overcrowding fears grow

‘I’ve watched people just fall apart’: inside the nightmare world of English and Welsh jails

Prison lawyers warn more will quit if legal aid fees not raised in England and Wales

England and Wales - HMP Foston Hall is transforming prison grounds and lives with blooming walled gardens

England and Wales - HMP Maidstone: Foreign prisoners held beyond sentence release dates

France’s overcrowded prison population reaches all-time high – for months on end

Irish Prison Service to be established as a statutory State body

Are Scotland's prisons fit for purpose?

Scotland - Perth prisoners hope to build new futures after constructing entire house inside jail


News 3 August


South Africa - Correctional services dept capable of taking over Mangaung prison from G4S


Inside Brazil's 'subhuman prisons' where families camp outside to bring inmates food

US - Sexual Abuse in Women’s Federal Prison Facilities Reviewed by Justice Department Teams

US - Florida inmates and prison officials grapple with ‘oppressive’ heat

US - Why the doctors who treat California's prison inmates are threatening to go on strike

US (California) - San Quentin State Prison inmates taught filmmaking under Hollywood producer-backed scheme


Singapore executes fifth prisoner this year for drug trafficking

Sri Lanka - Prison overcrowding can lead to serious consequences


England and Wales - Five inmates die after taking spice laced with fentanyl as killer drug is rife in prisons, report reveals

Human Rights Association publishes yearly report about the situation in Turkish prisons


News 2 August


South Africa - Mangaung prison firm fights to keep G4S contract operational


Firearms, Disappearances, Prison Overcrowding: Brazil’s Problems Are Getting Worse

Hell at the gates of Litoral, the most dangerous prison in Ecuador


Hong Kong - Prison service lowers recruitment fitness standards

Sri Lanka - Grave concern at prisons as capacity exceeds by 200%


England and Wales - Youth jail shut down over safety fears to be turned into men’s prison

England and Wales - The tragedy of Rianna and baby Aisha: why a teenager gave birth all alone in a prison cell

Ireland - Bike restoration project gets boost from Men’s Shed in Mountjoy Prison

Northern Ireland - Ulster GAA teams up with Maghaberry Prison in rehab initiative

Scotland prisons: 895 assaults on staff by inmates in three years


Australia - More than 50 cases discontinued in NT courts as 'raise the age' reform comes into effect


News 1 August 2023


US - "Cooked" Alive: Inmates Stew in Florida Prisons' Extreme Heat


Taiwan - Stricter open prison rules clear legislative floor


England and Wales - Fix ‘endemic’ problems in youth custody, urges prisons watchdog

England and Wales - Thousands of criminals left prison 'unlawfully' over past decade, figures show

England and Wales - Shoplifters who commit repeat offences to face prison

French prison population hits all-time high; know why

Prisoners in Portugal build 150 confessionals ahead of Pope's visit


UN Calls Out New Zealand’s Youth Justice Record

New Zealand - Corrections condemned by Coroner over death of Christchurch prisoner Kodi Bennett


News 29 – 31 July


South Africa - Edwin Cameron | Our prisons are falling apart


Three Ways to Reduce the Number of Women in Prison in the Americas

Dominican Republic - Inauguration of mental health pavilion for inmates of La Victoria Jail

US - How Do Prisons in Other Countries Prepare Inmates for Life Outside?

US - “We’ve got hell coming”: Missourians in state prisons fear consequences of summertime heat

US - Texas just raised the price of bottled water in prisons by 50% amid one of the state's most extreme heat waves yet

US - New report shows what is working well for Idaho’s prisoner reentry programs, and what isn’t


India - Madras High Court judge asks State to consider allowing conjugal visits in prisons for inmates

India - 66% of state prisons overcrowded by up to 250%; overall staff crunch at 26%

Malaysia - More skills training for prison inmates


Vaccination in Prisons: Improving The Health Of Prison Populations and the Wider Community

England and Wales - ‘Serious failings’ contributed to baby’s death in 12-hour lone prison birth

England and Wales - I spent 10 years working as a prison officer. The impact of staff cuts and reduced funding has been devastating

England and Wales - 'Serious concern' over performance of Styal prison

Ireland – New Limerick Women’s Prison does away with ‘brutality and inhumanity’

Scotland - Prisoner dies at HMP Barlinnie as investigation launched


New Zealand - Rolleston prisoners celebrate building 150 homes in programme


News 28 July


Egyptian female inmates face privacy violations inside prison cells: rights group

South Africa - G4S company will have one more shot to save Mangaung prison contract from govt termination


Riot in Brazilian Prison Leaves at Least Five Inmates Dead

El Salvador clears way for mass trials as crackdown on gangs ramps up

US - Bill to ban solitary confinement in federal prisons introduced in House

US - Abortion Denied: Reproductive Injustice Behind Bars

US - Youth placed in adult prison have their lives cut shorter, study says

US - California’s free prison calls are repairing estranged relationships and aiding rehabilitation

US (Mississippi) - They needed mental health care treatment. They were thrown in jail without charges instead


Malaysia - Abolish ‘inhumane’ whipping sentence, urge 25 NGOs

Nepal - Govt to offer health insurance cover to 28,000 prisoners

Philippines - DOJ eyeing smaller prison facilities to focus on inmates’ reformation

Singapore executes a woman for first time in almost two decades


England and Wales - Government warned over prison overcrowding as suicides soar

England and Wales - Self-harming in women’s prisons reaches highest level on record

England and Wales - Lowest number of prisons rated outstanding in six years, figures show

England and Wales - Social Enterprise rolls out entrepreneurship programme to North West prisons

Bristol Prison labelled one of most violent in England and Wales

Scottish Government urged to ensure new landlines in prison cells at HMP Grampian are tamper proof

2,572 children are in prison in Turkey


Australia - Staff issues worsened by housing crisis creating 'volatile' Roebourne Regional Prison conditions, union says

Australia - Tasmanian prisons in need of reform

New Zealand - The home detention solution


News 27 July


Nigeria - Prison inmates among best Open University students – Coordinator

Nigeria - It’s time to decongest prisons and reform justice administration


Ecuador recovering remains after prison violence, death toll unclear


Hong Kong's prison inmates suffer in 'unbearable' summer heatwave

India - High prevalence of skin disease among prison inmates

India - UP prisoners to get skill trained before their release


Belgian prisons test faster drug detection method than using dogs

Ireland - Mountjoy Prison inmates put shoulders to the wheel to restore bikes for Ukrainian refugees


Australia - Maximum security prisoners launch recycling scheme at Lotus Glen Correctional Facility

Australia - Inmate death prompts call for inquiry into NSW prison privatisation, health care


News 26 July


Ghana parliament votes to abolish death penalty


Canada - 'They're human too': Woman worries for brother's safety at Manitoba prison after deadly riot

Remand and mentally ill population among major challenges at Dominica State Prison

Ecuador declares prison emergency as inmates killed and 100 guards taken hostage

How gang warfare jumped from Ecuador’s prisons to the open street

40% of incarcerated people in Mexico have not been tried, data shows

US (California) - Bill To Move Convicts into Prisons Closer To Their Children Under Age 18 Signed By Gov. Newsom

US - Virginia state prisons under scrutiny after reports of guards brutalizing inmates


India - In bail orders, courts should consider prisoners’ ability to pay: Supreme Court

India - Mental health infrastructure in Maharashtra’s prisons needs a revamp

Philippine prison gang fight leaves 1 dead, 9 injured


England and Wales - East Sussex prison sees increasing rates of self-harm and assaults on staff

England and Wales - Concern raised after three deaths at HMP Liverpool in two weeks


Corrections Minister Must Correct The Failings Of NZ Prisons


News 25 July


Over 90 prison guards are being held hostage by inmates across five different prisons in Ecuador

Trinidad & Tobago - Prison service recruitment drive sees thousands lining highway

How desperate US prisoners try to escape deadly heat

US states consider harsh ‘war on drug’-era laws to combat fentanyl crisis

40 years ago, the US started sending more and more kids to prison without hope of release, but today, it’s far more rare – what happened?


Singapore to execute first woman in nearly 20 years


England and Wales - ‘Astonishing failure’ at prison holding hundreds of sex offenders


Australia - ‘They weren’t there when I needed them’: we asked former prisoners what happens when support services fail

New Zealand - Chief Ombudsman calls for halt of spit hoods on vulnerable prisoners


News 22 – 24 July


Kenya - State to rope in corporates in rehabilitation of inmates, says PS

Nigeria - From prison to correctional centre, what has changed?


Brazil Has 91,000 People Using Electronic Ankle Monitors

Canada - A terminally ill federal inmate wants to be released so he can die outside of prison. He's been refused, so he's applying for MAID.

Six killed in gang clashes in Ecuador prison, officials targeted

Armed Incident Leaves Three Dead in Guatemala Prison

US - Long stays in pre-trial detention strain Philadelphia prisons

US - Drug Overdose Deaths in Missouri's Prison System Up 19%

US - Inmates are training to become Starbucks baristas while in N.J. prisons under new program


India - eMulakat makes it easy for foreign prisoners


England and Wales - Prisoners like me are left homeless and sleeping in tents once we are released, how can we start again?

Debt advice service launches on Isle of Man for prisoners

Malta - Law meant to deter drug use in breach of prisoners’ fundamental rights: court


Australia - 'Premature' death of Indigenous inmate at Junee jail, Coroner calls for more doctors, healthcare workers

New Zealand - Setting prisoners up for failure

New Zealand - Rolleston Prison, Christchurch inmates put to work building new social housing


News 21 July


South Africa - More than 200 prison escapes over last five years


US - Youth In Prisons: Solitary Confinement, Excessive Heat, No Exercise or Educational Activities

US - Texas prisoners say their food is melting in front of them as they face horrifying heat in prisons with no AC

US - NYC Comptroller Report Finds Number of NYC Prison Detainees is on The Rise


Iranian female prisoners tell of filmed strip searches

Nearly 5,000 Executions In Iran Since 2013


Isle of Man - Actions to improve the prison are under way

Calls to review segregation systems in Scottish prisons amid claims they do 'more harm than good'

Scotland - Fatal accident inquiry into prison deaths to focus on drugs in jails

Scotland's courts experiencing 'major disruption' due to prisoner transfer problems


New Zealand - National pressures government to abandon plan for fewer prison inmates


News 20 July


Namibia - Court orders Govt to change prisons law

Nigeria - Why I’m acquiring certificates in prison, by life jail inmate


Canada - 36% of inmates at Kitchener women's prison are Indigenous — advocate says education could curb disparities

US (Minnesota) - Rate of homelessness drops among newly released inmates, DOC says


The alarming Americanisation of British prisons

Guernsey prisoners 'released with nowhere to live'

Landline phones to be installed in Scottish prison cells

Review of Swedish criminal code may lead to triple the cell space


News 19 July

Mandela’s legacy thrives as today's blueprint for prisoners’ rights


Canada - 'We could've lost several lives': Inmate killed, seven hospitalized during Manitoba prison riot

Honduras wants to build West's only island prison colony and lock gangsters inside

US - Children held at former Death Row prison in 133F heat with no AC and limited water in Louisiana

US - Illinois is the first state to eliminate cash bail in its prison system

US - South Carolina prison unit that practices 'restorative justice' has seen fewer violent incidents, study says


England and Wales - Justice Secretary: Places in prison remain under ‘intense pressure’

England and Wales - Prison educators call for government clarity on contracts, pay and pensions


Australia - Independent investigation to probe what NSW prison officials knew of sexual abuse of inmates

New Zealand - Youth crime crackdown: Children’s Commissioner ‘frustrated’ at Government plans for more youth ‘prison-like facilities’

Samoa prisons could use drones to monitor inmates


News 18 July


Kenya - Over 23,000 inmates freed as 5,000 cases under review in prisons decongestion plan

Tanzania announces measures to address congestion in prisons


U of S research shows therapy dogs can build a stronger social support network in Canada’s prisons

Trinidad & Tobago - Judge slams delay by Mercy Committee, prisons

US - 5,900 Texans have died in custody since 2016, data shows


England and Wales - Basic housing to keep offenders off streets and cut crime

England and Wales - Cookham Wood: 'Shocking' violence at youth prison, report says


New Zealand - Crime And Reoffending Directly Tackled With NZ’s First Community-led Mentor Programme For Prison Leavers

New Zealand - Have prisons become default holding pens for unaddressed mental health issues?

New Zealand - Govt taking further steps to strengthen youth justice system


News 15 – 17 July

Alarming rise of women in prison must be addressed, rights summit told


Kenya - Former death row inmate speaks on life after prison

Tanzania - Commission pokes holes in criminal justice system


El Salvador’s mega-prisons as an electoral promise in Colombia

Beyond Prison Walls: Honduran Military Intervention On Gang Violence

US - While Doing Time in a California Prison, I Was Given a Hysterectomy Without My Consent

US - Most Oklahoma jails failed Health Department inspections in 2022

US - Bill Aims to Address Access to Feminine Hygiene Products in Ohio Prisons


India - 80 percent ‘unnatural deaths’ among prisoners are suicides, government needs to pay heed to NHRC’s advisory on mental health of prisoners

India - More time allowed for interaction of prisoners with kin, friends, lawyers

Malaysia - Prisons director: OBB programme to ease congested cells, encourage better recovery of inmates

Pakistan - No doctor for inmates in 10 Balochistan prisons

Philippines - BJMP says jail congestion rate down to 358 percent


England and Wales - Projected surge in female prison population is 'incredibly worrying', says charity

England and Wales - HMP Norwich gets extra staff to tackle 'alarming violence'

Irish prisoners make 1,000 complaints of alleged assault, excessive force and racial abuse


New Zealand - The Corrections Minister's concerned about an increase in the number of prisoners awaiting trial or sentencing -- which National's blaming on court system backlogs


News 14 July

Prisons from Hong Kong to Chennai to Georgia are setting up biometric surveillance


Canada - Former Ontario inmates say complaints system is broken after docs reveal medical concerns, abuse allegations

El Salvador's secretive mega-jail

DataInSights: Are Pretrial Detentions Fueling Organized Crime in Paraguay?

US - COVID changed our prison systems — we must not go back

US - Study Conducted by Prison Policy Initiative Finds ‘Releasing People Pretrial Doesn’t Harm Public Safety’

US - 24% Fewer Persons Were in Federal Prison for Drug Offenses in 2018 Than in 2013

US - Ex-officers at federal women's prison in California plead guilty to multiple sex abuse counts

US - Texas prisons to phase out physical mail to reduce contraband despite advocate protests


India - Prisons overcrowded, but steps on to decongest them: Karnataka Home Minister


Ten prison guards accused of torturing Tunisian prisoner in Italy

Latvia might abolish conditional prison sentences

Scotland - Inspectors call for 'Victorian prison' to be replaced

Scotland - Dumfries Prison officially opens new wellbeing garden


Vanuatu high risk prison to close after being deemed unfit for inmates


News 13 July


Ghana moves to abolish death penalty as parliament advances bill for 2nd, 3rd reading

Namibia - 6 000 inmates earn qualifications

Women top drug offence arrests in Zimbabwe- report


Canada - Over-representation of Indigenous persons in adult provincial custody, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

US - The harrowing reality of life in solitary confinement

US – Opinion:  New data show a dire forecast about incarceration rates didn’t come true

US - After new deaths of prisoners in NYC prisons, the clamor grows to close Rikers and promote alternative prison plans


Pakistan: Families suffer as hundreds jailed far from home


England and Wales - Legal aid cuts denying vulnerable women access to justice, says thinktank

England and Wales - Wormwood Scrubs ‘unsuitable for the 21st century’, MP claims

Scotland - History of head injury in four out of five Polmont young offenders

Thousands of Ukraine civilians are being held in Russian prisons. Russia plans to build many more


News 12 July


It’s time for Ghana to enshrine its respect for right to life – by abolishing death penalty

Psychological rehabilitation of prisoners to strengthen social cohesion and reconciliation in Rwanda


Murders Are Down 92% In El Salvador After Controversial Mass Incarceration Push


Dubai Police train prison inmates in culinary arts

Japan - Laundry soap made by prison labor selling for triple the price


England and Wales - Stun grenades and police dogs must be banned from children’s prisons, ministers warned

Ireland - 40% of people released from prison re-offend within one year

Scotland - Family of woman who took own life in prison could be forced to withdraw from FAI

Spain - An alarming state of mental health in prisons


News 11 July


Ghana - Women at Kumasi Central Prisons appeal for support

Delays keep South Africa’s courts in waiting


US - Dem bill in California would mandate judges to consider race when doling out prison sentences

US - New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex could see federal takeover


Portugal - Prison bosses request ‘excuse of responsibility’


Australia - WA government illegally held three teenage detainees in prolonged lockdowns, court rules

Australia - ACT Government announces Independent Review into over-representation of First Nations prisoners


News 8 – 10 July


Ghana government spends GH¢1.80 to feed each prison inmate – Director-General

Ghana: Need for New Prison Facilities Nationwide

Kenya - MPs want death sentences for capital offenders replaced with life imprisonment

Liberia: As Funding For Prisons Drops 85 Percent Under Weah Government Endless Pre-Trial Detentions Are Devastating Lives

Uganda - ‘HIV in prisons is a ticking time bomb’


Brazil’s ‘sisters-in-law’ strike gold opening prison doors on TikTok

Ecuador prison tensions soar as four inmates found ‘hanged’

US - Heat wave in US turns Texas prisons into 'ovens'


In India, prisoners 5 times more at risk of TB: Study

India - Maharashtra Prisons Department Initiates Reforms To Improve Inmate Conditions

Weak laws in Laos mean death-row inmates won’t face execution anytime soon

Nepal - Procedure drafted for engaging prisoners

Taiwan - Justice ministry pushes for bill to toughen transfers to minimum security prisons


Belgium unveils innovative 'Detention House' in move to improve prison conditions

England and Wales - UK employers pressed to hire more prison leavers

England and Wales - Retail and logistics firms join drive to fill vacancies with prison leavers

England and Wales - Plan to create 20,000 new prison places is 'significantly behind schedule'

England and Wales - I started work as a prison officer full of optimism, but in a rat-infested jail I saw the ugly, violent reality


News 7 July


US - Study explores incarceration, employment and re-offense during COVID-19 pandemic

US - Arizona says it’s ready to start executing people again


India - Right to Life applies to Prisoners in Jail and Remand

India - Prison Dept To Extend Video Calling Service For Foreign Nationals Lodged in Maharashtra Jails

Pakistan - Prisoners will learn skills, sentences will be reduced, Teuta, Prisons Department agreed to hold technical courses

Death row inmates get pre-execution photo shoots for loved ones in Singapore


England and Wales - Acorn Recruitment partners with Wales and South West HM prison services and construction businesses

England and Wales - Temporary cells to be deployed at HMP Northumberland to cope with capacity pressures

Georgia Ranks Second in Europe’s Prison Population, CoE Reports

Despite Scotland's presumption against short prison sentences, about 75% of inmates were jailed for six months or less in 2020-21 – Karyn McCluskey

Turkey - AKP government to expand probation to release thousands from prison except political prisoners


News 6 July


Uganda: Prisons Service appeals for Shs10.8 billion for wards


Canada - Inmate population continues to grow in provincial jails

US - Solving the problem of understaffed jails and prisons

US - People incarcerated in Colorado can now reduce their prison sentence by earning a college degree


England and Wales - Multiple prisoners locked up for 23 hours in single cells in crumbling Victorian prisons

England and Wales - Public put in ‘greater danger’ due to failure to rehabilitate prisoners in overcrowded jails

England and Wales - Youth Justice Board moves to tackle probation officer recruitment crisis

Summer water cuts in prison in one of Turkey's hottest cities trouble prisoners


News 30 June – 5 July 2023

Nearly half of tuberculosis cases in prisons worldwide go undetected


US - Inmates Need Internet to Prepare for Life After Prison

US - California promises better care for thousands of inmates as they leave prison


Ending Japan’s ‘Hostage Justice’ System

Malaysia scraps mandatory death penalty for crimes such as drug trafficking, terrorism


Significant increase in sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty in Europe: SPACE II annual statistics for 2022

England and Wales - Slow progress on reading education in prisons

England and Wales - Support for mothers in prison and on release lacking, according to new report

England and Wales - End to Friday prison releases calls time on damaging race against the clock

England and Wales - HMP Fosse Way: Government opens new prison in expansion pledge

England and Wales - HMP Gartree super prison plans delayed again as decision pushed back

Ireland - Extradition to Scotland refused after judge notes severe prison overcrowding

Malta - Clash of cultures at Corradino prison, former legal officer says

Scotland prisons: Recent spike in deaths sparks concerns


Australia - ‘Significant update’ of RACGP Prison Standards

Shock in New Zealand at footage of ‘MMA-style’ fight at youth justice facility


News 29 June


Morocco - King Mohammed VI Grants Royal Pardon to 1,434 Individuals on Aid Al Adha


Thousands more prisoners across the U.S. will get free college paid for by the government

US - The Unnecessary Risk Of Incarcerating Minimum Security Inmates

US - Inmates are dying in stifling Texas prisons, but the state seldom acknowledges heat as a cause of death

US - NJ leads nation in reducing prison population, ACLU says

US - Pennsylvania Senate approves legislation aimed at reducing the number of people on probation, in jail


India - NHRC's Advisory to Tackle an Alarming Rise in Prison Deaths Ignores Ground Realities

India - Mumbai: Prisoners To Get Remission For Taking Part In Musical Competitions

Philippines - Gov’t starts jail decongestion; new city jails chief named


England and Wales - Surge in prison officer absences due to mental health reasons

England and Wales - Youth justice inspectorate calls for training and education improvements

Isle of Man Prison boss promises action after critical report

Northern Ireland - Old block at Maghaberry Prison reopens amid inmates total record

Scotland - Firm paid millions to transport prisoners missing more than 50 transfers a week due to staff shortages


News 28 June


Brazil reinstates national system against prison torture

Solitary confinement is still widespread in US prisons and jails

US - People in Florida prisons will get free calls for good behavior in new program


India - Tripura to release prisoners who have completed 66% of jail time: Official


Cyprus - Prison overcrowding among worse in Europe

Pioneering facility offering alternative to women’s prisons opens in England

England and Wales - Prisoners ‘taking bounties’ to carry out attacks at top security Frankland jail

Prison population in the Netherlands low, but pre-trial detention remains high

Scotland has second highest prison rate in western Europe, study shows


New Zealand - 'Disconnection at all levels': Ombudsman's scathing review of Corrections


News 22 – 27 June 2023


Egypt's prisons are an economic burden in a debt-ridden country

Rwanda: Life Imprisonment Reduction Sparks Intense House Debate

Uganda – ‘Over 280 children in prison with mothers’


IACHR Presents Report on Women Deprived of Their Freedom in the Americas

Q&A: Latin American Children With Parents in Prison Get No Support

Antigua & Barbuda - Six juveniles currently being held in national prison

Three inmates found hanged at Ecuador prison

El Salvador imprisons dozens of foreign visitors in crackdown on crime

Honduras adopts El Salvador-style tactics in anti-gang crackdown on prison inmates

Several Honduras prison carnage victims were locked up and set on fire, officials say

Jamaica - Editorial | Move prisons past Dickensian-era workhouses

US - Bureau Of Prisons Changes In Works To Comply With First Step Act

US - Report: Incarcerated populations up 4% post-COVID

US - Health Care Coverage For The Incarcerated Population To Reduce Opioid-Related Relapse, Overdose, And Recidivism Rates

US - 1 in 4 inmates killed in Louisiana jails hadn't been tried yet, study finds


Bangladeshi prisoner gets his sentence reduced by hanging 26 inmates

India - Screen inmates' mental health to prevent in-prison suicides, NHRC recommends

India - At Yerwada jail, prisoners to get smart cards to call up family members thrice a month

Japan's Justice Ministry compiles plan to prevent prison abuse

Myanmar Insein: A rare glimpse inside a barbaric prison


European incarceration rate increased following the end of Covid-19 lockdown measures: Council of Europe’s annual penal statistics released

England and Wales - Half of prison officers do not feel safe at work - “shocking” new survey

England and Wales - Further rollout of Rapid Deployment Cells to boost prison places

England and Wales - Sodexo pledge £100,000 to support ex-offenders into apprenticeship training

England and Wales - Prisoner who stripped to pants on HMP Frankland roof brought down after seven-hour stand-off

Ireland - Creation of clear transgender policy for women’s prison `urgent and essential’

Isle of Man - Inmates released from prison without addressing offending behaviour

North Macedonia prosecutor says inmates, psychiatric patients subjected to degrading treatment

Scotland - Under-25s going to prison 'drops by third after new rules brought in'

Scotland - Covid court case backlog means prisoners are serving entire sentence on remand then being released with no money and nowhere to go – Karyn McCluskey

Council of Europe: Turkey’s Prison Population Rises Beyond 300,000

Inmates on hunger strike stand against abuse in Turkish prison


Australia - Prison inmates to be charged 24c a minute for phone calls as NSW scraps cheaper providers

Australia - Inquiry hears housing crisis and service shortfalls resulting in failures to rehabilitate Tasmanian prisoners


News 21 June


Honduras prison violence: At least 41 killed in women's jail riot

US - Life after prison: Mass. leaves thousands of prisoners awaiting education that would help their re-entry


Expert panel takes aim at Japan’s prison conditions following inmate abuse


German top court tells two states to pay prisoners better

Turkey - 22 prison staff members detained over alleged torture, mistreatment and embezzlement


New statistics show Indigenous Australians 12 times more likely to be in jail over general population


News 20 June


Ghana - New Narcotic Control Act introduces alternatives to prison sentences for ‘wee smokers’


US - The Impossible Math Behind Pay-Per-Minute Prison Messaging

US - Alabama inmates’ HIV rates triple rest of population

US (New York) - Legislators look to close loophole allowing slavery for prisoners,50634?

US (California) - For women ex-prisoners, food insecurity can trigger catastrophe. Activists want more aid

US - 'Game-changing' bill would steer some NJ offenders from courts to mental health care


India - UP prisons to be known as “Reform Homes”

Malaysia - Resentencing Process Must Be a Fair And Meaningful Opportunity for Commutation of Death Sentences


Cyprus - MPs concerned about prison overcrowding

England and Wales - Thousands of prisoners ‘rotting away with little or no hope of finding justice’

England and Wales - Outpatient clinic held in prison helps inmates who have been waiting 'many months' for care

Ireland - Prison overcrowding at record levels with four to a cell in some facilities


Australia - Special court for Aboriginal kids to reduce prison rate


News 17 – 19 June


Ghana’s remand prison population reduces significantly-POS Foundation

Rwanda Seeks to Reintegrate Genocide Convicts


Ecuador authorities confiscate pigs, fighting cocks from prison

US - Commission urges New England states to prioritize prison education

US - Life With Parole: Probation and parole systems remain understaffed and buggy in Texas.


Indonesia - Minister lauds prisoner rehabilitation program at Tanjungpinang

Prison riot breaks out in Israel's South, guards regain control

Jordan to release hundreds of prisoners before Eid Al Adha

Philippines - Bill eyes additional prisons under BuCor

Singapore - Prison inmates to receive training for food and beverage sector, and help with securing jobs

Singapore - Inmates celebrate Father’s Day with their children in largest family reunion at Changi Prison since pandemic


OSCE trains Albanian officials on high-security prison regime

Cyprus - Only new prisons can solve overcrowding, says prison guards rep

England and Wales - Armley Prison: HMP Leeds warned about mental health provision after another prisoner takes their own life

England and Wales - HMP Littlehey: Restraint use on frail prisoner inappropriate says ombudsman

Ireland - More than 4,500 in jail as prison population reaches a record high

Scotland - Conservatives oppose 'dangerous' plans they claim would cut prison sentences

IHD says conditions in Turkish prisons poor, human rights violations common


Australia - Prison guards threaten strikes after rejecting pay deal


News 16 June


Nigeria - Focus on non-custodial sentences to decongest prisons – CSOs

South African prisoners using TikTok to livestream on the rise


America’s questionable employment of prison labour is adding to domestic clothing makers’ woes


India - ‘Inmates of all Pb jails to be screened’


Cyprus - Government to upgrade and expand prison facilities to address overcrowding

Hungary - Prison Overcrowding Resolved, Says Justice Minister

Isle of Man - Prisoner's human rights not breached during Covid

Jail ombudsman warns of prison overcrowding in Italy

Northern Ireland - Maghaberry Prison bursting at the seams with concerns raised over death and drugs inside

SNP told to get a grip of drug scandal at Scots prison with over 1600 incidents in just three years


News 15 June


US - Getting Answers: What's Missing From California's Inmate Recidivism Report


England and Wales’ Prisons Burdened with Highest Occupancy Rates in Over a Decade

Italy - Prison must respect human dignity and rights says Mattarella


Australia - Almost all WA prison officers are ready to strike

Australia - Medicare Denial Sees Correctives Systems Destroy Prisoner Health to the Detriment of All


News 14 June


Torture Technique of Breaking Prisoners' Fingers Is Detected in Five States in Brazil

US - Inside a Remarkable Dance Program at a California Prison


India - How education can reform convicts: IG Zaidi opens up on prison lessons

Jordanian courts issued 300 alternatives to prison sentences in May


England and Wales - POA calls for ban on tins in prisons

England and Wales - HMP Hewell: Prison chess clubs helping rehabilitate inmates

England and Wales - Durham Prison Hub opens to help re-integrate prisoners into society

Ireland - Warning of 'revolving door' for prisoners without further investment

Italy - Stiffer sentences needed for brutalising inmates - judges


Australia (NSW) - Inmates in lockdown, prisons closed due to chronic correctional officer staff shortages


News 10 – 13 June


Morocco Adopts Alternative Sentencing Bill To Reduce Prison Overcrowding


Canada - B.C. community gets Indigenous Justice Centre to help break incarceration cycle

US - Mellon Foundation to Award Over $5 Million to Expand Prison Education Programs

US - 'Strange' Texas prison policy keeps some women in solitary wearing gowns


Israel - Prison, Employment services join forces to help ex-convicts stay out of prison

Nepal - Prisoners experiencing skin issues due to scorching heat

Philippines - New bill, same problem: Lawmakers bat for more prison facilities to solve jail congestion


Prison staff launch walkout in Belgium after inmate sets fire to his cell

Cyprus - Proposal to expand prison to ease overcrowding

England and Wales - Inside the prison where staff feel 'unsafe' and inmates are 'physically and mentally abused'

Black defendants experience longer remand times in England and Wales, new data shows

Northern Ireland - Justice system ‘needs a more targeted approach' to reduce adult re-offending

Scotland - Changes to children's justice system 'would help break cycle of offending'


New Zealand - A watershed report on solitary confinement in NZ prisons must now trigger real reform


News 9 June


Ghana - President pledges more support for Prisons Service

South Africa - ZIZAMELE CEBEKHULU-MAKHAZA | SA's prison reform system needs complete overhaul


US - ‘I call it pretend freedom’: Older adults coming out of Illinois prisons face steep roadblocks in their reentry journey

US (New Jersey) - A leftover pandemic restriction in prisons deprives some of ‘lifeline’ family visits


India - Incarcerated engineer’s e-bike a big hit in Coimbatore Central Prison

Israel - Inmates riot, clash with guards in Beersheba prison riot

Nepal - Overcrowded Baglung prison house leaves jailbirds in trouble

Philippines - Solons seek to address subhuman conditions in PH penal facilities


Ireland - Overcrowding Continues In Midlands Prison


Australia - National Children's Commissioner launches major project to reform youth justice system in 'crisis'


News 8 June


Kenya - New bedding for prisons under Sh40bn proposal


Colombia Senators Approve Cannabis Legalization Bill

Haitians are dying of thirst and starvation in severely overcrowded jails

US - New York Prison System Reverses Policy Restricting Incarcerated Writers And Artists

US - Report: Four of California’s prisons ranked worst at handling COVID, care for inmates

US - How can Gavin Newsom reform California prisons but still allow solitary confinement?


Hong Kong prisons work to compel loyalty to China among young activists


England and Wales - Prison turnaround has inspectors gobsmacked after inmates took control and staff feared for safety

Ireland - New data shows that people who have been subject to probation orders earn up to 30% less than other workers

Over 800 prisoners left waiting for addiction services in Irish prisons


Australia - First Nations justice reinvestment package to support local solutions


News 7 June


In Africa, women judges improve trust in courts, bring justice to the less privileged and empower women and girls


US - COVID prison releases expose key driver of racial inequity

US - A New Prison Policy Blocks Incarcerated Journalists and Artists From Publishing Their Work


Lebanon: Sharp increase of deaths in custody must be a wake-up call for authorities

S.Korea to abolish 30-yr period of prescription for death sentence

Thailand - Convicts can now seek detention outside prison


Belgium -- No more detainees sleeping on floor in Ghent Prison

England and Wales - Prisons are a festering wound in our public services – they need urgent reform

England and Wales - Inspection skills qualification launches for youth offending inspectors

Netherlands - Four prisoners found dead in Zaanstad prison last month

Scotland - Shotts Prison probe as three inmates die after taking lethal cocktail of drugs


Australia - Violent and vulnerable: Ricky, 14, has been to jail 15 times. In Queensland’s youth justice system, he lost hope


News 2-6 June

Global study of miscarriages of justice highlights ‘myth of exceptionality’


How international standards and norms help to build resilient prisons: Lessons learned from COVID-19 in Africa


Prisoners Defenders Reports on Torture in Cuban Prisons

US - Solitary confinement intensifies problems for incarcerated people

US - California is closing its last youth prisons. Will what replaces them be worse?


Bangladesh - High Court: Save the poor by appointing prison doctors immediately

Iran prisoner spends 1,000 days in solitary confinement

UN document: UAE keeping rights activists in jail past end of sentences


Inmates at Belgian prison fed exclusively frozen meals last year

England and Wales - Violence on rise at Full Sutton prison, where some of UK's most dangerous inmates are held

Northern Ireland criminal justice system 'at breaking point'


Australia - Cheaper to call Vatican City: Why is it so expensive to make phone calls from prison?

Australia - ‘Extreme self-harm’: Queensland Labor faces internal criticism over prison system


News 1 June 2023


Kenya - Gov’t to decongest prisons by half in the next 1 year – Kindiki


US - Black-led organizations are leading charge in reform of prisons and the death penalty

US - Study cites concerning gaps in suicide reporting by prisons

US - New policies needed for maternal health care among incarcerated people with COVID-19, according to NICHD-funded researchers

US - Solitary Confinement Under The Guise Of Public Health: Lessons Learned From COVID-19 And HIV


Guards beat prison inmates to death in Myanmar’s Bago region, sources say

Philippines - Technology as key to freedom and digital inclusivity of persons deprived of liberty

Taiwan - Youth justice amendments approved


Netherlands - Female prison inmates subjected to sexual harassment by guards


Australia - Indigenous legal centre will improve access to justice


News 31 May


US (Connecticut) - House advances bill that requires study, not limits, of strip searches

US - Chronic understaffing at Hawaiʻi prisons balloons overtime costs

US - “Moral injuries”: Solitary confinement intensifies problems for incarcerated people. It also changes the Colorado therapists who send them there.

US - The war on drugs fills Missouri prisons with poor, rural women. That isn’t justice | Opinion


Cambodia - Ministry to end inmates’ illegal use of phones in prison


Belarus must release all prisoners held on political grounds and protect their rights: UN experts

England and Wales - Prison and Probation Service plans new body-worn video deployment

England and Wales - Concerns at Nottinghamshire's HMP Lowdham Grange prison after three deaths in three weeks

England and Wales - Keepmoat and HM Prison Service launch bricklaying academy to teach prisoners new skills

Scotland - Prison suicides of two young Glaswegians to be investigated by court


News 27 – 30 May


Canada - Isolation cells in women’s prisons used almost exclusively for Indigenous prisoners, panel finds

Report: At least 153 people arrested under special powers have died in Salvadoran prisons

US - Incarcerated people use TikTok videos to expose Alabama’s prison conditions

US - San Francisco Jail First in Nation to Provide Free Content to Incarcerated People


Number of people prosecuted in China’s courts up 12% in five years, report shows

Women in Indian prisons denied menstrual products despite rules

India - To free up prison spaces, authorities weigh plan to pay for undertrials’ bail


England and Wales - Prisons in 'catastrophic' state with space set to run out in six weeks, jail chiefs warn

England and Wales - HMP Northumberland: Prison farm shop to sell inmates' produce

England and Wales - Prisoners locked up for too long at HMP Birmingham, report finds

Ireland needs to build more prisons, says outgoing Justice Minister Simon Harris

Ireland - Third of prisoners awaiting mental health services, report finds

HMP Addiewell: Life in one of Scotland’s last private prisons

Scotland’s prisons chief warns against courts caging more women when new £85m jail opens

Scotland - Prisoners at Barlinnie to get landlines installed in their cells


Australia - Over-representation of Aboriginal people in New South Wales prisons "highest on record"


News 26 May


Egypt's female 'prisoners of poverty' struggle with stigma

Kenya - Kiambu Prison Rehabilitates Offenders Through Running A Farm Nursery

South Africa - Prison life: The daily routine of an inmate


Canada - Tightened Bail Restrictions Unlikely To Curb Violent Crime, Experts Warn

U.S. among 17 countries that practice forced labor, a form of ‘modern slavery,’ report finds

All 123 US federal prisons need 'maintenance': Inspector general

US - Ex-guard charged with 95 counts of sexual abuse in California women’s prison

US - Maryland’s Solitary Confinement Reform Bill Stalls in the Democratic State Legislature


India - What is the Model Prisons Act announced by the MHA?


England and Wales - Pentonville prison slammed for overcrowding again as inspectors return to find more inmates than last time

England and Wales - The trouble with 'failing' Exeter Prison as it reaches critical point

Ireland - Lack of oversight of restorative justice as government officials failed to meet with schemes for year and a half

Prison overcrowding and maximum security use criticised in latest Irish Penal Reform Trust report

Scotland - The £85m prison with no bars on the windows


News 25 May


Kenya - I choose jail: Why Lamu prison is teeming with repeat offenders


Program allows incarcerated women to raise their children inside Canadian prisons

El Salvador’s Prison State

US - The ongoing debate on prison labor: is it a form of slavery?

US - Editorial: Two Alabama governors who supported the death penalty explain why it's wrong


India - Tracking devices, separate transgender cells: Centre outlines new prison rules

Malaysia - Home Ministry: Prison Dept is not considering public flogging for drug offences as alternative to abolished mandatory death penalty

Philippines - Nearly 6,000 inmates freed under Marcos administration


England and Wales - Suicidal women are being sent to prison, although they’ve committed no crime

England and Wales - Crime reoffending rates being tackled with new bricklaying academy at Doncaster prison

Scotland - Significant progress on courts backlog


News 24 May 2023


Egypt has renewed pre-trial detention of over 20,000 people in 9 months, says rights group


Cuba - Socialism, death penalty and criminal punitiveness: notes on the Penal Code

New report reveals over 122K are held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and jails

US (New Jersey) - As prison population grays, calls grow for ‘geriatric parole’


India - Training in beekeeping given to inmates of open air prison in Coimbatore

Philippines - PH pledges support for UN Nelson Mandela Rules


England and Wales - Prison 'job centres' and business link-ups help boost ex-offender employment

England and Wales - 200 Albanian offenders to be sent home from UK cells in prison transfer scheme

England and Wales - Prison services rules ‘actively preventing’ women and children from rehabilitation

England and Wales - TV presenter Fred Sirieix launches third prison restaurant run by inmates

Scotland - Young offenders praise 'life-changing' Rangers charity scheme to help them into work


New Zealand - Corrections restructuring proposals goes to staff


News 23 May


Medical neglect: The gateway to slow death in Egypt prisons


US - ‘Worse than what we thought’: New data reveals deeper problems with the Bureau of Prisons’ Covid response

US - 'Air Conditioning is a Human Right.' Heat-Related Prison Deaths Are Rising Due to Climate Change

US - Colette Peters’ Challenge: Change The Culture Of The Bureau Of Prisons

US - A History of Incarceration by Women Who Have Lived Through It

US - Prison conditions raise concern among people impacted by Georgia criminal system, advocates

US - Calls Are Free, But California Prisoners Still Face Communication Obstacles

US - In Maryland, the older a prisoner gets, the less likely he or she will be paroled, report finds


India - Chandigarh Health Department to screen over 1K jail inmates for AIDS, TB

Malaysia - Experts welcome recent drug law reforms


England and Wales - Indefinite jail terms are state-sanctioned cruelty

England and Wales - Breaking the cycle – A Senedd Committee finds the criminal justice system is failing Welsh women

Student behind bars: Prisoners studying for degrees in German prison

93 inmates have died in Turkish prisons in the last 17 months: report


Australia - Queensland changes laws to accommodate UN prisons inspectors


News 20-22 May


South Africa - Vetting blamed for delays in filling vacancies on prison parole boards

Uganda - Shock figures reveal crisis state of prisons

Zimbabwe Releases More Than 4,000 Prison Inmates


Deaths of Indigenous people in Atlantic Canadian jails spark calls for review, change

Canada - Justice minister says federal government could not go much further on bail reform

US - Native Hawaiians Are Overrepresented In Prisons. Cultural Education Could Help

US - Staffing crisis in WV prisons persists as lawmakers reflect on rejected bills

US - California Confronts Overdose Epidemic Among Former Prison Inmates

US - Illinois organizers push to abolish cash bail as they await court ruling

US - How a ‘Blue Wall’ Inside N.Y. State Prisons Protects Abusive Guards


India - Manhunt for 573 absconding prisoners released during Covid-19 pandemic

Iran - Executed Prisoners’ Families Tear-Gassed And Shot


England and Wales - Overcrowding in prisons is a ‘powder keg waiting to blow’

England and Wales - COVID-19 experience for children in custodial settings

England and Wales - ‘We just got left’: How children of prisoners are abandoned by the state


News 19 May 2023

The death penalty: a breach of human rights and ethics of care


South Africa - 'One escape from lawful custody is one too many': Lamola gives assurance SA prisons are intact


Canada - Staff shortages at Nova Scotia jails prompt Charter challenges by inmates

El Salvador gangs: Mass arrests bring calm but at what price?

Haiti Sees Rise of ‘Vigilante Justice’ as Gang Violence Soars

US - Opinion: Eliminate solitary confinement in prisons, jails

US - Covid-19 Suit Removal Dashed in Pennsylvania Prisoner Litigation


England and Wales - Inquest begins into young offender found dead in Warrington Prison


News 18 May 2023


Sint Maarten - Prosecutor: Hundreds of prison sentences not executed in 2022 due to lack of beds

US - W.Va. Lower Than National Average For Prison Incarcerations


Parliamentary panel expresses concern over Indian prison system, safety

Not Guilty But In Jail: The best hope for India’s undertrial prisoners – district-level undertrial review committees – are failing

Pakistan’s Criminal Justice System: Challenges and Reforms


England and Wales - How internet-free laptops are transforming lives in UK prisons

England and Wales - The law is gone but they are still in jail: who will free Britain’s most wronged prisoners?

England and Wales - Stoke Heath prison told to make improvements after prisoner died of heart attack

Isle of Man - Independent review into recent prison deaths commissioned


News 17 May 2023


Number of Prisoners in Morocco Increased 10% in 2022


In Brazil, prisons without guards offer inmates path to recovery

Canada - Ontario, Bell won't say how much money they made from jail system that charged 'exorbitant' rates for inmate phone calls

US - How inflation is hitting prison inmates

US - Youth Justice by the Numbers

US - Why some states are reforming minimum sentencing requirements

US - Bill to let some inmates serving life in prison seek new sentences approved by Alabama House

US - Editorial: California locks people in prisons, and locks out reporters and even lawmakers

US - For the 78,000 people released from prisons in Texas every year, finding a job isn’t easy


Cambodia - Focus on predicament of children in prison

India - Serious about bail, serious about justice

Indonesia - New penal code offers hope of abolishing death penalty

Singapore executes second prisoner in three weeks


Cyprus - Prison guards threaten with measures citing “indifference” of justice ministry

England and Wales - New annual report finds conditions remain 'very poor' at Aylesbury Vale prison

England and Wales - Staff shortages take toll on prisoners’ experience at HMP Stocken, report finds

Ireland - Restorative justice referrals decreased last year despite Government promise to build capacity

Northern Ireland - High Court: Information given to prison inmates on the potential monitoring of phone calls 'does not meet human rights standards'


Australia - Laws to move young offenders to adult jails the moment they turn 18 introduced in State Parliament


News 16 May

Global use of death penalty at highest rate for five years - new report


Canada - Justice minister planning to introduce bail reforms this week

US (Connecticut) - Federal Prison Employees Ask the Supreme Court to Review COVID Hazard Pay Case

US (Vermont) - The Department of Corrections will end its work crew program. Prosecutors are not pleased.

US - Colorado bill makes phone calls free in prisons and youth detention facilities


India - Counselling and skilling: How the state reforms its prisoners

Singapore’s death row ‘main element of its drug policy’


England and Wales - Personality disorders in prison and probation: Are specialist units working?

England and Wales - Children in custody held ‘miles from home’ miss out on family visits, HMI prisons warns

Hungarian government to release 700 foreign criminals from jail

Ireland - Prison boss says short sentences should be ‘discouraged’ to ease overcrowding


News 13-15 May


Nigeria - Prison decongestion: FG asks governors to waive minor fines owed by inmates

Zimbabwe - President grants amnesty to prisoners


US - California is one of 16 states that allows forced labor, but a constitutional amendment seeks to change that


Bangladesh - Dozens of foreigners in jail after serving out term

India - Centre finalises ‘Model Prisons Act, 2023’, new law to allow reform and rehabilitation of prisoners

Iran hangs seven people in one day after UN voices concern over execution surge

Malaysia seeks to decriminalise possession, use of small amounts of drugs

Philippines - The decongestion goes on: BuCor releases 267 prisoners


Revealed: almost 1,000 rapes in prisons in England and Wales since 2010

Ireland - Cork judge 'pushing community service' in light of prison overcrowding


Australia (Victoria) - State says sorry for Indigenous deaths in custody, as prisoners say nothing has changed

New Zealand - ‘Systemic failures’ by Corrections revealed after ‘vulnerable’ inmate released without meds, care plan dies two days after 21st by suicide


News 12 May 2023


Namibia bans tattoos on prison officers - report

Nigeria - Prison decongestion: NGO said it resolved 1400 Pre-trial cases in five years


US - Children Suffer When Parents Are Imprisoned

US - First Hearing Held on Ohio Legislation to Abolish the Death Penalty


India - Open Prison as a Jail reform


EU prisons in 2021: populations & overcrowding

England and Wales - Improving resettlement support for prison leavers

England and Wales - Inside Swansea Prison's kitchen where Wagamama is teaching inmates to cook its food

England and Wales - Salvation Army's prison partnership has bags of opportunity

Ireland - Report recommends prison service keeps responsibility for healthcare

Turkey - Strip-search is an ongoing practice in Edirne prison, opposition deputy says


Australian Prisons Have a Hepatitis C Problem, and Drug Criminalisation is to Blame

Australia - 'Litany of failings' in Indigenous man's death after prison altercation


News 11 May 2023


Nigeria - Prison inmates deserve improved living conditions: PCC


As El Salvador’s Gang Crackdown Continues, Citizens Wonder What’s Next?

US - New Report Shows Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Stop at the Prison Walls

US - Solitary Confinement Tragedies Expose Flaws in Rhode Island’s Prison System

US - Louisiana leads nation in percentage of people in adult prisons for crimes they committed as kids


India - Prisons Dept seeks job opportunities for inmates in hospitality industry

Philippines - Vaccinate inmates, personnel vs COVID, jail officials urged


England and Wales - Yorkshire prisoner lands chef job thanks to prison work scheme

England and Wales - HMP Bronzefield and the ethics of pregnant women in prison

Pyhäselkä and Kylmäkoski prisons to be converted into "smart prisons" in Finland


News 10 May


Kenya - State to spend Sh3 billion to modernise prisons


Canada's justice system favours those who can afford a lawyer, say experts

Cayman Islands - Report recommends ‘transformational change’ in prison system

US - California Confronts Overdose Epidemic Among Former Prison Inmates


Iran: Over 200 executed since January; Türk calls for end to death penalty


Belgium violated serial killer’s rights, European rights court rules

England and Wales - HMP Gartree: Increase in violence at 'dark and dingy' prison

England and Wales - Jump in self-harm and assaults at women’s jails

Ireland - New accommodation block ends ‘slopping out’ at Limerick Prison


Australia - Advocate slams Darwin Prison's decision to separate newborns from their mothers

Australia - First Nations women respond to Banksia Hill riots with call for immediate reform to youth justice


News 6 – 9 May


COVID-19, conflict, climate change, and the human rights of people living in African prisons

Kenya - Govt Prison Decongestion Plan To Halve Inmate Population: Kindiki


US - How the Prison Litigation Reform Act Blocks Justice for Prisoners

US - Minnesota may make prison phone calls free to keep families connected, reduce recidivism


India - How Gangwars Have Played Out In Maharashtra’s Prisons

Islamic State: Hundreds of women on hunger strike at Iraqi prison

Malaysia - Give ex-prisoners a second chance, says prison director

Philippines - 75 COVID-19 positive NBP inmates still in isolation


England and Wales - Watchdog: ‘Ministers blocked Covid jabs for prisoners’

England and Wales - Figures reveal scale of rape and violence reported at Salford's troubled Forest Bank prison

Ireland - 400 new jail places to house 620 extra inmates

Ireland - Prison overcrowding behind surge in assaults – Prison Officers’ Association

Ireland - Sensory garden for children of prisoners opens in Wheatfield Prison

Netherlands - More research needed into drugs use in Dutch prisons: Trimbos


Australia - ACT Government delays raising the age to 14, defying advice from Aboriginal, legal and human rights organisations

New Zealand - Waikato prison to resume in-person visits for first time since start of pandemic


News 5 May 2023

UNAIDS calls for access to HIV prevention, treatment and care in prisons, including access to life saving harm reduction services


US - Dying Behind Bars: Another Form Of Capital Punishment

US - Prisoners in cages doesn’t violate policy because there is no policy, says Texas official

US (Virginia) – The COVID-19 pandemic created a courts backlog, and people are still waiting in jail


India - High time prisoners are allowed to vote: Experts


England and Wales - 50k prison-leavers to plug labour shortages – new report urges

Ireland - Mountjoy Prison overcrowding — is a new Dublin jail really the solution?

Moldova expands harm reduction services to all prisons


News 4 May 2023


Antigua & Barbuda - Prison boss to introduce tighter policies to reduce Covid-19 outbreaks

US - Prison Labor: Where ‘Dead-End’ Jobs Meet 21st Century Slavery


Questions raised over facial recognition use in Indian prisons

India - Delhi government proposes virtual court appearance for those under trial

Philippines - As COVID-19 cases rise, BuCor suspends visitation in New Bilibid Prison


England and Wales - Teenager who gave birth alone in prison cell was vulnerable to exploitation – inquest

Almost half of inmates at Scottish prison report abuse from staff

Scotland - Serious safety issues found at HMP Addiewell


Australia - WA Kids in Adult Prison Crisis Worsens, Despite State Having Proven Punitive Measures Fail


News 3 May


Kenya - 7, 000 Petty Offenders Freed From Prison In Decongestion Program

South Africa - Questions over what Correctional Services will do with Mangaung prison after contract terminated


The number of medically-assisted deaths in Canada's prisons a concern for some experts


Thailand - Phuket prison inmates to train as boatbuilders in rehabilitation project


England and Wales - Decision delayed for second time on controversial super prison near Harborough

England and Wales - HMP Stoke Heath 'still to recover' from Covid restrictions

England and Wales - Inquest launched into death of baby at HMP Bronzefield

Ireland - Prison officers don riot gear to tackle psychotic inmates


Australia - Why a new $1.1 billion prison in Victoria is sitting empty


News 28 April – 2 May


Madagascar: Extreme prison overcrowding needs urgent fix, UN experts

South Africa - G4S served with notice to scrap Mangaung prison contract


US - Federal prisons want inmates to pay victims, before making phone calls or buying shoes

US - Why Inflation Price Hikes Are Even Worse Behind Bars


England and Wales - Terrorists face tougher prison rules to prevent the spreading of extremist views behind bars

England and Wales - Prisons haven’t really recovered from Covid

France prison population reaches all-time record with 120% capacity

Irish prison overcrowding leads to early release of inmates, including attempted murderers

Norway has ditched the word 'prison'. Scotland should think about doing the same – Karyn McCluskey

European Court Fines Russia for Abuse of 'Outcast' Prisoners


Australia - ‘Too much money is spent on jails and policing’: what Aboriginal communities told us about funding justice reinvestment to keep people out of prison


News 28 April


US - Rates of Chronic Conditions, Asthma in Prisons May Be Severely Undertreated, Study Finds

US - Tablets Seen as Tool to Improve Behavior of Prison Inmates

US (Michigan) - Declining prison population does not translate to decreased spending

US - ‘We went from almost no lockdowns to daily lockdowns’: The mental health crisis inside California women’s prisons

US - UN group to tour Los Angeles jails accused of ‘squalid, inhumane’ conditions


China rehabilitation scheme makes morticians of murderers


England and Wales - Self-harm incidents rise by more than a third in women’s prisons

England and Wales - Body-worn video cameras for every prison officer to boost prison safety

England and Wales - Conditions at Cookham Wood young offender unit deemed a scandal

Ireland - Prison overcrowding being driven by 50% rise in number of sexual offenders

Ireland - Prison Service says it's unacceptable to detain people with mental health issues


Australia - ‘Children don’t belong in prison’: We shouldn’t wait four years to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14

Guam - Major: DOC's local prison population highest in 29 years


News 27 April


Canada - Inmates in Hamilton, Ontario jail hold week-long hunger strike against deplorable conditions

Curacao - Justice Minister wants new prison with help from the Netherlands

US - When a prison sentence becomes a death sentence


India - Many overcrowded Bihar jails have double or more than double prisoner capacity

Jordan must renew Defense Order 28 to avoid prison overcrowding — expert

Pakistan’s Premier, Punjab Officials Take Up Prison Reform


Ireland - POA concern over 'pack 'em, stack 'em' prison policy

Ireland - Harris promises 620 more prison beds over next five years to address overcrowding

Ireland - Rise in assaults on officers and increase in prison violence 'of major concern'


News 26 April


81% of Nigerians experience legal challenges as experts canvass community justice system


Canada - Ontario to pay $33M in proposed settlement for class actions over London jail conditions

Canada - Inmates sleeping on the ground at Windsor Prison as overcrowding continues

US - America’s book bans have already come for prisons

US - 'A lot of bang for your buck' with jail-based arts programs


India - Soon, e-cycles to make patrolling easy for wardens in central prisons

Singapore hangs Indian-origin man over smuggling of 1 kg of cannabis


England and Wales - Prisoner is suicide risk after more than two years in solitary, high court hears

England and Wales - West London prison blighted by 'unacceptable levels of violence' with prisoners too scared to leave cells for fear of being beaten up


Australia (Victoria) - Keeping Young People Out Of Criminal Justice System


News 25 April


Kenya - Alternative dispute resolution key to end overcrowding in prisons


US - Prisons and pandemic preparedness

US - A hectic job made worse by staffing shortages – a look inside a Louisiana prison

US - How a 1970s Prisoner-Organized Literacy Program Changed Maryland’s Penitentiaries


England and Wales - Dorset prison violence concern after inmate's throat cut

Northern Ireland - Diplock courts: Use of non-jury trial system to continue in NI

Swiss Prison Inmate Numbers Remain Below Pandemic Level


News 22 – 24 April


Eid Al Fitr: Morocco’s King pardons nearly 1,520 inmates

First phase of new detention centre in Seychelles expected end of October

South Africa - Prison watchdog needs more teeth to curb graft

Uganda - Minister Lugoloobi to push for better prison conditions


Canada - Rally calls for improved prison conditions as inmates in Hamilton and Niagara refuse food

US - Washington state eliminates death penalty from law

US - Michigan Clears Criminal Records for Thousands of Low-Level, Nonviolent Offenders–‘Meaningful 2nd Chances’


Pakistan: Women in prison subjected to discrimination, mistreatment

How Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Pushed Through Asia’s First Cannabis Legalization


England and Wales - Prisoners 'running the wings', 'inmates off their t*ts', staff who have 'lost control' - the jail that's had £1bn of public money

Ireland - Minister 'should no longer pick people to Prison Visiting Committees'

Irish Prison Service confirms overcrowding issues

Luxembourg - Ten prisoners escape from Walloon prison, four still on the run


News 21 April


Kenya: Thika Prison to Be Decongested, Inmates Shifted After Cholera Outbreak

Nigeria - Decongesting death row


Costa Rica Segura: President Chaves’ plan to tackle crime and violence

US - Prison educational programs were impacted by COVID-19

US - The fight to limit solitary confinement in California prisons is set to roil Sacramento again

US - Fewer activities, more assaults: Maryland prisons are short 3,400 officers, union warns

US - Shackling pregnant inmates would be banned in Pennsylvania prisons under proposed law


Pakistan - Women in prison

Philippines - 580 inmates freed from BuCor prisons

Singapore to resume executions after 6-month break


Germany struggles to reform 1930s law jailing fare dodgers


News 20 April


Women in Egypt’s Prisons: Tales of Oppression, Abuse and Human Rights Violations

South Africa - Another G4S employee arrested in connection with Thabo Bester escape plot


New wave of violence in Ecuador’s prisons leaves 19 inmates dead in four days

Unpacking Honduras’ Plan for Real Disarmament and Prison Reform

US - As pandemic prison populations fell, proportion of Black prisoners rose


India - Delhi Prisons Introduce New Rule Granting Remission For Good Conduct During Undertrial Period

Israeli criminal justice system 'overloaded,' needs reform - Gideon Sa'ar

Malaysia - Prisoner release programme can ease overcrowding and help with reconciliation, say NGOs

Philippines - Improving PH jail system


England and Wales - What does it mean to be an older person in prison?


Australia - New Queensland drug laws will keep thousands of people out of justice system, advocates say

New Zealand - Double-bunking rises at Rimutaka as Corrections grapples with NZ prison staffing

New Zealand - Probation staff on strike over cost of living, pay gap with private sector


News 18-19 April


3,298 inmates in Nigerian prisons to face hangman’s noose – Official

South Africa needs an effective prison rehabilitation programme


Antigua & Barbuda - Prison officers taking polygraphs in bid to stamp out ‘integrity issues’

New clashes aggravate prison crisis in Ecuador

US - Sentencing policy sparks clash over future criminal justice bills

US - Efforts Spreading to Curb Generational Incarceration


Thailand - Reforms 'can't end' with legalised cannabis


Belgium - Long-term perspective: Flemish prison education overhauled

Ireland - Overhaul of Prison Visiting Committees recommended, Cabinet told

Malta - Reform to cut criminal court delays, trim prison terms for early admissions

Russian Prisons ‘Lost’ Up to 17,000 Convicts in 2022 - Mediazona

Sweden could need up to 16 new prisons due to tougher stance on crime


Australia - Queensland among worst violators of children’s rights in youth justice system, research finds

New Zealand - A $4 million Corrections recruitment drive boosts prison officer ranks by 53


News 15 – 17 April


Protracted Pre-trial Detention Crowding Prisons and Undermining Access to Justice in Liberia

South Africa - Corruption in prisons threatens the criminal justice system


Canada - New program to house, help Indigenous women who are released from jail opens in Saskatoon

Colombia - 4,000 Inpec guards are investigated for irregularities in prisons

Gang clash leaves at least 12 dead in Ecuador prison

U.S. prison inmates undertreated for chronic health conditions

US - New Report Reveals Systemic Medical Neglect and Violence in CA Women’s Prisons


Giving China’s Death Row Inmates a Second Chance

India - Court directs jail authorities not to strip search undertrial prisoners

Iraqi prisons overcrowded up to 300 percent capacity: Justice ministry

Malaysia - Abolish solitary confinement, says Bar Council

Myanmar military pardons more than 3,000 prisoners for New Year

Philippines - BJMP congestion rate down by 367%

Singapore - Ex-offenders to work with prison officers to keep former convicts from reoffending


Portuguese prisoners build confessionals ahead of Pope's visit


Australia - Six officers injured in ‘major disturbance’ involving juvenile detainees at WA’s Casuarina adult prison

Australia - WA Department of Justice not going far enough to implement coronial findings, Inspector of Custodial Services finds


News 14 April


South Africa - Mangaung prison an unaffordable strain for correctional service

Zim prison conditions, a recipe for disaster


St Vincent and the Grenadines - Legal practitioners knock conditions at the prisons – Acting prison boss says its not that bad

US - New York’s ‘Problem-Solving’ Courts Were Shuttered by Covid. They Haven’t Rebounded.

US - Post-Parkland, Florida OKs easier path for death penalty


India - More than half of prisoners released during peak COVID-19 yet to surrender as 15-day SC deadline ends

Iran executions surged in 2022 to 'spread fear' - report


England and Wales - Catalogue of failures in damning prison report on Evesham's HMP Long Lartin

England and Wales - Court backlog: MoJ 'likely to miss target'


News 13 April


Kenya - Inmates and prison staff deserve better than this

Liberia: Senior prison managers meet to validate a new strategic plan for the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR)


Antigua & Barbuda - Prisoners clamour for early release amid Covid outbreak and overcrowding

Six inmates found hanged in Ecuador prison

US - ‘Ava’s Law’ would allow pregnant women facing prison in Florida to delay their sentence

US - Colorado reduces prison sentences for inmates pursuing higher education

US (Indiana) - Man with schizophrenia was left naked in jail cell for weeks before death, video shows


England and Wales - Investigation after 12-hour Strangeways prison roof standoff with inmate

England and Wales - Major prison expansion as cells for extra 103 female criminals to be built

Ireland - Government can address new surge in prison overcrowding without building more prisons


New Zealand - Nearly 2000 community Corrections workers walk off the job in strike for better pay


News 6 – 12 April 2023


Covid outbreak in Antigua’s prison

US - New York flouts prison solitary confinement rules: lawsuit

US - Inflation Is Putting Food Out of Reach in New York Prisons

US - Federal judge orders major changes to fix 'unconstitutional' conditions in Arizona prisons


India - MHA to provide financial help to poor jail inmates unable to afford penalty, bail amount

India - Covid relief over, 3,000 undertrials return to Delhi prisons today

Philippines - 700 Bilibid guards replaced as part of prison reform

Philippines - Books behind bars: Inmates read their way out of cramped jails


Recruitment drive brings in prison staff but Belgian cells still overcrowded

England and Wales - Prison officers 'at breaking point' as sick leave for mental stress surges

England and Wales - HMP Whitemoor: Jail was dirtiest ever seen by prison inspector

England and Wales - Pentonville Prison: Ex-inmate explains impact of overcrowding

Concerns over safety with almost 200 inmates sleeping on Irish prison floors

Justice on trial: The challenges facing Scotland's courts, prisons and police,justice-on-trial-the-challenges-facing-scotlands-courts-prisons-and-police


Australia - The NT raised the age of criminal responsibility, but advocates say the change is too slow


News 5 April

Worldwide Executions for Drugs More Than Doubled in 2022


South Africa - Thabo Bester: Parliamentary briefing on prison escape postponed as G4S fails to appear, citing law


Three inmates dead in latest Ecuador prison riot

Guyana - First quarter of prison agri programme very productive – Elliot

US rule to allow some inmates to stay home after COVID emergency lifts

U.S. panel to consider expanding compassionate release for prisoners

US - A month after a hunger strike, some Texas prisoners say they will do it again


Justice system plagued by low budgets: India Justice Report 2022

Rethinking Jordan’s overcrowded jails


England and Wales - Prisoners unable to do basic tasks at weekends, inspectorate finds

England and Wales - Victims and Prisoners Bill would swell prison population by 680

England and Wales - Lewes Prison: Inmates face squalid conditions and violence, inspectors say


The number of Aussie teens in detention or under supervision by the justice system continues to fall


News 4 April


Nigeria - Prison Decongestion in Sight as Item Moves to Concurrent List

South Africa - Prisons, profits and privatisation’s perils


US - The high cost of staying in touch while incarcerated can linger long after release


Israel Prison Service inaugurates inmate-run chocolate factory

Malaysia - Consider rehabilitative justice, not punishment only


England and Wales - Isle of Sheppey prison is improving despite 'high risk of violence' and staff shortages

England and Wales - More male staff could help with violent offenders - probation boss

Netherlands - More plea bargains agreed in bid to ease strain on courts

Scotland - Growing number of phones and drugs being smuggled into prison via drones, figures show


News 1 – 3 April 2023

El Salvador: One year into state of emergency, authorities are systematically committing human rights violations

Mexico - 40 people die in a Ciudad Juárez detention centre fire, after guards refused to open the doors

Trinidad & Tobago - Prisons Commissioner backs release of reformed inmates

US - 'Nobody's paying attention.' Advocates decry 'stringent' application of medical parole


Malaysia parliament approves law to remove mandatory death penalty


England and Wales - Report reveals concerns about prison overcrowding as two prisoners share cell made for one

Turkey’s Human Rights Association calls on authorities to end torture in prisons


Australia - Woman left in 'urine-soaked clothes' in prison van


News 31 March


South Africa - Government seeks options to dump G4S prison contract


Falklands Prison audit outcomes and recommendations published

US - The history of prison-run newspapers and why they're on the rise

US (New Jersey) - Budget plan includes wage hike for incarcerated people working prison jobs

US - Texas House says no to executing killers with 'severe mental illness'

US (Connecticut) - New Limits on Prison Strip Searches Stall in Committee as Lawmakers Explore Alternatives

US (California) - Inmates sue Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over COVID outbreak


Malaysia - Ensure long-term prisoners’ dignity intact, govt told


Scotland - Prison: Burden of care falls disproportionately on women


New Zealand - Three years since in-person prison visits allowed at some North Island facilities


News 30 March


Zimbabweans Start Debate on Ending Death Penalty


US - Prisons Use Menstruation as a Form of Punishment

US - Colorado’s prison system is backlogged and costing millions


Malaysia - Home Ministry: Prisons nationwide have an excess of 6,675 inmates


England and Wales - Report reveals damaging role of gambling in prisons

England and Wales - Young Offenders Warn Settings are ‘Too Risky’ for their Families To Visit

Why books could help empty France's prisons

Ireland - Cork Prison Hosts Pop-Up Restaurant

Russian Prison Boss Offers Inmate Labor to Boost Military Production


News 29 March


Trinidad & Tobago - Judge: Prison Service must review sentences for 2 ‘lifers’


India - 'Out Of Box Thinking Needed To Declog Prisons' : Supreme Court Tells Centre, States

India - Delhi Prisons to start skill development programme

Omani initiative aims to release 1,300 prisoners during Ramadan

In Pakistan’s Overcrowded Prisons, Inmates Deprived Of Healthcare: Human Rights Watch Report


Malta - Minister urges banks not to discriminate against former prison inmates

Small cells at Scottish prison 'breached international standards'


Australia - SA home detention instead of jail saves $200m

Australia - No plans to build new Northern Territory prison amid record inmate numbers and proposed tougher bail changes


News 28 March


Cambodia - Prison living conditions ‘better now’, says official

UN human rights office ‘deeply concerned’ about North Korean prison camps

Philippines - Remulla to new BuCor chief: Help me clean up prison, penal colonies


England and Wales - Prisons to overhaul racism complaints system

England and Wales - Justice Committee publishes survey on public attitudes towards sentencing

England and Wales - New jails ‘will struggle to find staff’, watchdogs warn

England and Wales - HMP Lowdham Grange confirms third prisoner death in 3 weeks

Scotland - Bail and Release from Custody Bill: In Context,bail-and-release-from-custody-bill-in-context


Australia - New report reveals the ACT's prison system is 'screaming out for reform'


News 25 – 27 March


South Africa - Prison break: Dozens of inmates escape from jails around the country


The rampant abuse in El Salvador’s prisons: ‘They beat him to death in the cell and dragged him out like an animal’

Trinidad & Tobago - Transforming prisoners through music

Push to expand voting rights in US for those held in jails

US - Idaho governor signs firing squad execution bill into law


Malaysia - Bill to abolish mandatory death penalty tabled for first reading


Pregnant women in English jails are seven times more likely to suffer stillbirth

England and Wales - New scheme to kickstart prison literacy drive and cut crime

England and Wales - Hundreds of children made to wear GPS tags by UK's Ministry of Justice

Italy - Nordio vows to ease jail overcrowding


Australia - Northern Territory prison population rises to record levels

New Zealand - How many guards have been hired after Corrections' $4m ad campaign?


News 24 March


Trinidad & Tobago - PM: Criminal justice system slow, but it has not collapsed

US - Private prisons ban closer to law in Minnesota, flogging ‘perverse incentives’ lawmakers say


India - Supreme Court Directs All Prisoners Who Were Released On COVID-19 Parole To Surrender Within 15 Days

Torture, forced abortions and insects for food: Life inside North Korean jails, says this NGO


England and Wales - MPs and peers call for prison education to be renationalised

England and Wales - Why it makes no sense to increase prison places for women

Italy - 23 prison officers suspended in inmate 'torture'


Australia - ‘Bully or be bullied’: Harassment, sexism rife among staff in Victoria’s prisons, report finds


News 23 March


Kenya: Prisons Target 10 Million Trees in Decongestion Drive to See Petty Offenders Freed


Salvadoran government points out that its new prison is the “safest” in America


In Kyrgyzstan's only female prison, Nowruz brings a moment of respite


England and Wales - Leading UK bosses join mission to get thousands more prisoners into work

Ireland - ‘Nobody should be at risk of violence in prison' – Justice Minister says new rules on management of trans offenders to be published


Experts, lawyers lift lid on Australia's 'woefully under-funded' prison mental health services


News 22 March


Egypt replaces 15 traditional prisons with rehabilitation centres: Interior ministry

Ugandan MPs pass bill imposing death penalty for homosexuality


State Prison Sentences in the U.S. Are Getting Longer—But Not Necessarily Keeping Us Safer

US - Here’s How the Prisons Agency Fared During the Pandemic


Bahrain - Open prisons set to be launched

Malaysia - Home Ministry: Out of every 800 inmates released, only one returns to prison


Belgium announces new prisons to tackle 'catastrophic' detention system

Northern Ireland - Stormont inertia may hinder prison care, says ombudsman

With crowded jails, North Macedonia adopts pandemic amnesty


Australia - ‘Jailing is failing’: How to fix a justice system that punishes disadvantage

Australia - Victoria's Centre of Excellence VET program helps prisoners gain skills to prepare for employment


News 21 March


Egypt: Human rights groups warn of 'torture and abuse' at Badr prison complex


Canada - More detentions won’t improve public safety

US - Arizona plans to dramatically increase hepatitis C testing and treatment in prisons

US - Idaho bill to execute inmates by firing squad clears Legislature, heads to governor


Malaysia - Govt looking to end natural life imprisonment

Malaysia - ‘Imprisonment should be last resort’

Model prisoners hired by Thai fruit exporter due to worker shortage

UAE President orders release of 1,025 prisoners for Ramadan


England and Wales - Empowering Former Inmates through Scaffolding


News 18 – 20 March


Canada - Report outlines significant deprivations of liberty in provincial jails in Nova Scotia

Costa Rican President Implements Tougher Measures for Criminals in Jail

Sint Maarten - Court calls end to prison strike, orders medical examinations

US - What does it take to end a life sentence? For these formerly incarcerated actors, it’s theater

US - Families of 14 inmates who died in West Virginia jail allege negligence


Cambodia - Over 1,200 prisoners pardoned last year

India - 20 new high-tech jails to come up in U.P.

India - Maharashtra prisons overcrowded; government plans five new jails, expansion

India - How Delhi prisons are dealing with inmates' health issues

Philippines - BJMP congestion rate dips to 370%


England and Wales - MP condemns government over ‘shocking’ violence at maximum security jail


Australia - Human rights advocates sound alarm as Queensland passes "dangerous" youth justice changes


News 17 March

Surge in executions of drug offenders in 2022, more on death row


Kenya - Community Urged To Help Re-Integrate Released Inmates

Zimbabwe - Govt kickstarts public hearings on death penalty


Guyana - ‘Respect them’ – no emotional or physical abuse of prisoners – Benn tells Prison Service

St Vincent and the Grenadines - Prisoners with mental health issues to get further attention

US - The Rise of Life-Without-Parole Sentences

US - How Incarceration Is Passed Down From Father To Son

US - California to transform infamous San Quentin prison with Scandinavian ideas, rehab focus

US - Oregon’s Prison Population Is Aging, Fast

US - Restraint chairs in Alabama jails linked to controversial cases and deaths


India - 15,000 additional prisoners lodged in 59 jails: Bihar government


Cyprus - Prison guards call for end to overcrowding

England and Wales - Fast-track plan to open jails will free up space for new convicts in secure units


News 16 March


El Salvador: 2,000 more to prison, vows will 'never return'

US - ACLU of Alaska sues over prison involuntary medication rules

US - Connecticut Department of Correction discusses reform after leaders visit Norwegian prisons


England and Wales - Prisoners may have been set free in error thanks to Dominic Raab’s ‘unlawful’ Parole Board reform

England and Wales - Decision delayed on controversial super prison near Harborough

Ireland - Tens of thousands of court summonses backlogged

Turkey - Report on rights violations in prisons in earthquake regions


News 15 March


Canada - N.S. prisoners deprived of basic entitlements during pandemic: advocacy group

US - Bureau Of Prisons Sees End Of Cares Act Home Confinement, Some Prisoners Will Be Left Behind

US - Federal program seeks to standardize criminal justice data


India - 33 jails to be monitored via CCTVs

Japan court orders retrial of longest-serving death row convict over 1966 murder case

Myanmar - Inmates’ families in Arakan State call for allowing prison visits


Northern Ireland - Concern over Prison Service resources to support inmates with multiple needs


Australian boy, 13, spent six weeks in solitary confinement


News 14 March


Kenya - Lamu prison receives computers to boost digital literacy


US - COVID-19 is Not Over for People Who Are Incarcerated

US - Calif. prison program trains, graduates inmates as addiction counselors

US - California Lawmakers Introduce New Effort to Ban Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for Crime in California Prisons

US - New study highlights opioid overdose risk following release from Oregon prisons


India - Convicts in Coimbatore central prison get life skills training

India - Faridabad: Under open jail plan, convicts to get flats on prison premises

Iran grants amnesty to tens of thousands of prisoners

Malaysia - Risk assessment required before inmates eligible for community rehabilitation: Prisons Dept

Philippines - BJMP to add new jail libraries as it includes reading as part of PDL's rehab program


Belgium - 300 inmates given reduced sentences due to prison overcrowding

England and Wales - HMP Aylesbury ‘thrown into chaos’ by MoJ policy change, says watchdog

England and Wales - Campaigners say evidence for super prison near Harborough is ‘flimsy’

England and Wales - Senedd told inadequate support leads to women re-offending

Italy - Drug addicts should be in rehab not jail: Delmastro

Russia Turns to Women's Prisons for Fresh Recruits – Reports

Humza Yousaf vows to halve Scottish female prison population


News 11-13 March


Kenya - Government plans to upgrade prisons facilities


Barbados - Court backlog still plaguing swift delivery of justice

Canada - Justice minister commits to targeted bail reform to address repeat violent offenders

Turks & Caicos - Prison remains squalid, as govt mulls programme to fix drainage issues

US (Nevada) - Low wages for prison inmates ‘remnants of slavery,’ says lawmaker seeking to outlaw practice

US - Two Vermont prisons are experimenting with giving incarcerated people more independence


India - Maha: 9,284 inmates lodged in jails of Thane district against capacity of 3,794


Belgium - Record number of prisoners move to 'humane' prison in Dendermonde

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, February 2023

England and Wales - Magistrates ‘disappointed’ as sentencing powers cut amid prison places crisis

England and Wales - ‘Systemic failure’ fuelling worsening homelessness and health among prison leavers in Newcastle


Australia - Perth man on remand spends 15 days isolated at Casuarina Prison amid COVID-19 restrictions

Australia - Girls will be locked up for longer if Queensland passes new youth justice laws, advocates warn


News 10 March


US - Oregon looking at allowing people in prison to vote


India - State duty-bound to provide medical treatment to prisoners, says Bombay HC; awards Rs 10 lakh compensation to family of dead undertrial

Philippines - CHR urges review of cases involving ‘arbitrary arrest, detention’ to decongest jails


Belarus approves death penalty for officials convicted of high treason

England and Wales - The failures of education in prison are criminal

England and Wales - Eastwood Park Prison staff shortages impacting safety

England and Wales - Gang culture being ‘tacitly encouraged’ inside London prison, watchdog warns

England and Wales - Deaths, fights and cold food - report reveals shocking reality of life inside Wormwood Scrubs prison

England and Wales - Top Sheffield Crown Court judge highlights serious problems as prisons battle overcrowding 'crisis'


Australia - Prison is no place for those trapped by mental illness

Australia - Think tank proposes prisoners work full time to fill job vacancies, save economy $2bn

Detainees with disabilities in 'spiral of hopelessness' after cancelled United Nations visit to Australia

New Zealand - Only one prison fully staffed as shortage of guards grows


News 9 March


US - The Bureau Of Prisons Evolving Calculation Of First Step Act

US (Nevada) - Prison inmates would earn ‘living wage’ under Legislature bill


Thailand: Annual report paints bleak picture of prison conditions


Prison staff in Belgium go on 24-hour strike

England and Wales - HMP Northumberland: Prison says post-release opportunities improving

England and Wales - Prison: Justice system makes many women reoffend, report finds

England and Wales - HMP Leeds: Armley prison told to take 'urgent action' after prisoner's suicide weeks after entering

First Assisted Suicide In Swiss Prison


Australia - Youth prison guards walk off job at Banksia Hill Detention Centre as industrial dispute escalates


News 8 March


In prison for debt, thousands of women are the ‘double victims’ of poverty in Egypt


US - Study: Transition to adulthood brings mental health declines for Black youth who interact with juvenile justice system


India - ‘Prisons fare poorly in menstrual hygiene’

Malaysia - Community service for offenders helps prisons reduce overcrowding

Saifuddin: Malaysia to decriminalise minor drug offences to solve overcrowding in prisons


England and Wales - Black inmates face disproportionate force, prison watchdog warns


Australia - Health care offered to women in prison should match community standards – and their rights


News 7 March


Zimbabwe - Ministry Of Justice To Seek Public Opinion On Death Penalty


Inside El Salvador’s mega prison: the jail giving inmates less space than livestock

Guyana - IDB loan to assist in prison reform


England and Wales - New early release scheme unveiled by Government

Ireland - Prisoners to be given access to fertility treatment

Scottish Prison Service faces first UK prosecution for corporate homicide


News 4 – 6 March


Two guards killed in gunfire as four break out of Mauritania jail

Parliament flags overcrowding in Zimbabwe prisons


Guyana - 39 prisoners graduate from crop husbandry & culinary art courses

Report Documents Devastating Findings Regarding Female Incarceration in USA and Role of COVID-19 Pandemic

US - Voting rights restored to more than 55,000 Minnesotans under new felon voting rights law


Caste system in Indian Prisons: Unconstitutional but legal – State prison manuals legitimise caste-based rules for prisoner activities, from cleaning to cooking. Judiciary must step in to strike down offending provisions


England and Wales - Criminals will be spared jail to avoid pressure on overcrowded prisons

England and Wales - Prisoners are demanding a pay rise as jail shops become unaffordable amid costing of living crisis

Isle of Man - Showdown in court over jail’s Covid rules

Pressure on Scottish Government to replace Greenock's crumbling prison


Australia - Indigenous woman alleges she was subject to torture and inhuman treatment in ACT prison

Australian prisons a "merry-go-round" of hepatitis C reinfection


News 3 March


Guyana - Lusignan Prison inmates transitioning into new state-of-the-art facility

Minister Phillip advocates for changes to Prison Work Programme in St. Kitts and Nevis

US - Rehab on hold: COVID devastated prison learning programs

Understanding mass incarceration in the US is the first step to reducing a swollen prison population

US - California faces hefty court fines for lagging efforts to prevent prisoner suicides


England and Wales - 'My Friday prison release led to a disastrous mistake'

England and Wales - Norwich Prison installs quick-build cells to meet demand


New Zealand - Prisoners to get free phone calls, but face-to-face visits still lacking


News 2 March


Egypt: Why inmates are dying in Sisi's new 'model' prison


British Virgin Islands - E-tagging could ease prison issues, governor says

Health Care in U.S. Correctional Facilities — A Limited and Threatened Constitutional Right

US - Human rights attorneys urge UN to review the solitary confinement of Black Americans

US - Hunger strike in Texas prisons ends after seven weeks, for now

US - Georgia prisons see unprecedented number of suicides


India - What a string of deaths in one jail says about the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s prisons

Behind bars, women of Iran's Evin prison refuse to give in

Philippines - Prison reform a cornerstone of Marcos gov’t, DoJ chief tells UN


England and Wales - Investigation after inmate dies at Devon prison

Scotland - Latest quarterly criminal court figures continue to show progress


News 1 March


El Salvador - Bukele shows off thousands of imprisoned gang members in new mega prison

El Salvador Jailed 64,000 Gangsters in Crime Crackdown, Defense Minister Says

US - Drug Courts: Effective, Inexpensive, and Out of Reach for Many Americans

US - A new push to ban involuntary servitude in California prisons


Philippines - PH looks into ‘outside-the-box solutions’ to problems of congested prison facilities


England and Wales - Multiple failings identified after burglar found dead in cell at Hull Prison

NI prison service gets new 'game changer' body scanners

Draft protocol for restorative justice in Northern Ireland published


Australia - Prison officers at private jail walk off the job in NSW


News 28 February


Democratic Republic of Congo - Sixty-six die at Kinshasa's main jail from January

Egypt: Release Prison Population Figures


US - Bureau of Prisons: Assessment of Health Care Reentry Policies and Procedures Needed


Bangladesh - 2,162 convicts now in condemned cells: Report


England and Wales - New East Yorkshire 'all-electric' prison to be named HMP Millsike

Ireland – Over half of female prisoners are on methadone, new figures reveal


Australia - Aboriginal man taken off waiting list for mental health bed a week before prison suicide, inquest told

Australia - Queensland boy held in solitary confinement in breach of youth justice laws, court hears


News 25 – 27 February


El Salvador Transfers First Prisoners to the Country’s New Mega Prison, With Capacity for 40,000 Inmates

Trinidad & Tobago - NGOs question delay in restarting prison rehab programmes

US - Fighting the High Cost of Prison Phone Calls

UCLA Law Releases New Database to Monitor Deaths in U.S. Prisons  


India - Jailhouse Rock in Ludhiana: A radio station by and for the prisoners

Israel: UN experts alarmed by potential reinstatement of death penalty for “terrorism offences”

Singapore Prison Service to study effectiveness of imprisonment, community-based corrections


Trans violent offenders banned from women’s prisons in England and Wales

Netherlands - Some 8,000 convicted criminals are evading prison, most are abroad


Australia - More than a third of prisoners are locked up without a sentence. For decades, that number has been growing

Australian Institute of Criminology looks at intergenerational incarceration in NSW


News 24 February


U.S. prison population fell 10th straight year in 2021

US -Lethal injection debate swirls around Texas executions


Number of people on remand in Hong Kong jails pending trial hits decade high, but figures for new prisoners and detained suspects drop


England and Wales - The mental health crisis in women’s prisons

Ireland - Legal obstacles impeding investigations into deaths in custody, says prison watchdog


Australia - Watchdog says Qld youth laws will 'erode basic rights'


News 23 February


Jamaica - Correctional services offers expanded skills training options for inmates

US - The Sentencing Project Launches Education Campaign on Mass Incarceration

US - Frail people are left to die in prison as judges fail to act on a law to free them

US - All former Washington prisoners can now vote. So far, few have,24007


Malaysia - Bill related to abolition of mandatory death penalty to be tabled at parliament next month


England and Wales - Report criticises healthcare at HMP The Verne, Portland

Lithuania: Prisons Need Modernising To Curb Violence

Northern Ireland prisons paramilitary separation won't be easy to scrap, MPs told


News 22 February


US Plans to Allow Medicaid for Drug Treatment in Prisons

US (Colorado) - House passes bill to reduce prison sentences for inmates pursuing higher education


Asia-Pacific prisons deploy ‘dehumanising’ facial recognition

Myanmar prison guards injure more than 80 inmates when argument turns violent


Belarus wants to implement death penalty for treason: law passes second reading

England and Wales - Young black boys almost THREE times more likely to enter youth justice system

Scotland - 61% reduction in the trials backlog accrued during the COVID-19 Pandemic


News 17 – 21 February


Uganda - Embrace alternatives to custodial sentences to curb prison congestion


Latin America’s prisons are overcrowded and violent

El Salvador prisoner ‘rearrests’ fuel new concerns

US - As the Pandemic Swept America, Deaths in Prisons Rose Nearly 50 Percent

Sen. Cory Booker Wants To Reform Exploitative Prison Labor In The U.S.

US - How ‘Cruel and Not Unusual’ Conditions Persist in Many Lockups

US (Florida) - After report outlines private prison problems, lawmakers demand fixes


India - Prisoners injured while working in jail entitled to compensation, says Delhi HC

India - Odisha to get the largest jail of India, to house 2500 inmates


England and Wales - Prisons should improve transparency in death investigations to improve prison safety, report finds

England and Wales - Nightingale Courts to remain open to boost capacity and speed up justice

England and Wales - Overcrowded prison to get more inmates

England and Wales - New figures cast more doubt on super prison plans near Harborough, say campaigners

Ireland - End of ‘slopping out’ in Limerick Prison as compensation costs mount


Australia’s credibility on human rights at risk as UN terminates visit to Australia


News 11 – 16 February


Egypt's model prison rife with abuses, inmates' families and activists say

HIV Treatment and Prevention in Zambian Prisons May be Model for Prisons Worldwide


3 Dead, 43 Injured In Brazil's Prison Fire

British Virgin Islands - Governor endorses ‘electronic tags’ for non-violent prisoners

Watchdogs, MPs slam Canada’s prison officials on treatment of Black, Indigenous inmates

Canada - Prison watchdog calls for more harm-reduction services to prevent drug overdoses and deaths

US - Long prison sentences are cruel and ineffective: here’s the proof

US - We’ve Been Asking the Same Question About Prison Tech Training for 50 Years

US - Senate prison system inquiry reveals ‘national disgrace,’ Ossoff says

US - What Are Some Common Problems With Rural Jails In America?

US - Suicides persist in New York's prisons and jails

US (Arizona) - How a Giant Egg Farm Made Money Off Women Prisoners in Dangerous Conditions

US - Alabama prison staff shortage worsens despite court order

US - California and Nevada may ban slavery, forced prison labor


India - Odisha approves compensation for family of prisoners who die in jail

Malaysia - Govt mulls new temporary act for inmates undergoing mandatory death penalty

Saudi Arabia - Prisons chief inaugurates rehabilitation project at Riyadh women’s prison


One-third of people in prison in Europe suffer from mental health disorders

England and Wales - HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 Statistics, January 2023

England and Wales - Nottinghamshire prison workshops meant to teach inmates new skills 'lying empty'

England and Wales - HMP Exeter: Shocking standards at prison slammed by inspectors

Ireland - At least 15 prisoners took their own lives over past decade

Ireland - Women still sleeping on floors in Limerick Prison


Australia - Justice Dept admits not knowing how long Banksia Hill detainees have been locked in cells


News 10 February


Helping to Improve Conditions for Detainees in Ethiopia

Liberia: Justice Minister Dean Alarms Potential Food Shortage At Prison Facilities


Anguilla - Prisoners given opportunity to provide input on improving prison conditions

Canada - Justice minister says federal government giving bail reform 'serious consideration'

Canada - B.C. prison system failing incarcerated Indigenous people: auditor general


Malaysia - Prisons Dept calls for halfway houses to accommodate paroled female convicts

Malaysia - Give ex-convicts a chance, Prisons Dept urges employers


England and Wales - Chronic backlog of serious-crime cases hits courts

'No value' to mandatory sentencing guidelines - Irish Penal Reform Trust

Trans prisoners in Scotland to be first sent to jails matching their birth gender

Three inmates dead in earthquake-hit Turkey prison riot


News 9 February


Zambia Commutes Nearly 400 Death Sentences After Law Change


Trinidad & Tobago - Criminal activity behind bars

US - Reconstructive Justice — Public Health Policy to End Mass Incarceration

US - Bill introduced to prohibit forced births in Arizona prisons


Singapore - Four in 10 former inmates released from prison in 2017 ended up behind bars again


England and Wales - MPs regret government rejecting review of IPP sentences

England and Wales - Why are we still sending children to prison?

England and Wales - Oxfordshire support scheme for prisoners' children set to expand

Ireland - Cork Prison now operating at 100% capacity


Australia - Jails are filling up with drug offenders but the government could reap $1 billion


News 8 February


Bahamas - Prison parole programme to begin with Grand Bahama inmates

Ottawa still crafting Black Canadian justice strategy as advocates call for reform

Jamaican government encouraging citizens to use restorative justice to settle disputes

US - Incentives for Those on Probation Can Improve Outcomes and Rein in Costs

US (Texas) - Men put in prison cages without bathrooms or beds, say reform groups

US - California will try to limit solitary confinement — again

US (California) - ‘Every day matters’: Newsom told 123 prisoners they could get out early. Why are a third still behind bars?

US - Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Arrests in California


India - Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on plea against solitary confinement of jail inmates

India - 89 convicts availed educational remission by completing degrees, courses while serving sentences: Maharashtra Prisons Department


England and Wales - Most probation services are over capacity, leaked data reveals

England and Wales - Ethnic minority defendants ‘more likely to be charged than white British people’

Northern Ireland - Council fails to deliver prison leaver employment project in district which receives millions in rates from two prisons


Australia - Victorian courts plagued by delays as tens of thousands of criminal cases wait to be heard


News 7 February


Poor Kenyans likely to end up on death row: study


El Salvador’s Super Prison

US - After Decades in Prison, Should Adults Convicted as Teens Get A Second Chance? A Growing Number of State Laws Say Yes

US (Delaware) - Judge Upholds Punitive Damage Award in Prison Strip Search

US (Vermont) - Vt. Senate bill would eliminate ‘life without parole’ prison sentence


England and Wales - Prisoners set to be held in police cells due to overcrowding

Ireland - Women's wing at Limerick Prison has 50 prisoners despite 28-bed capacity


First prisoners moved into new prison in New Caledonia


News 4-6 February


Zimbabwe - Prisons Decongest Chikurubi Female Prison


Catholics press for prison reform in post-Bolsonaro Brazil

Jamaica - Alternative justice programme to be expanded

US - 9th Circuit upholds California prison reforms, citing abuse of inmates with disabilities

US - Vermont is shutting down some prison work programs

US - Calls grow for Louisiana to stop sending kids to adult prison


India - 672,000 cases pending in district, subordinate courts for 20 yrs: Rijiju

India - 1236 sick, elderly prisoners set free in past 11 months in Uttar Pradesh

India - 'Jail restaurants' in Bihar catch the fancy of people to dine ‘behing bars’

Iran’s supreme leader pardons ‘tens of thousands’ of prisoners


'Own prisons, own penal code': Flemish Minister wants to split Belgium's justice system

Denmark - Record waiting time in court for victims seeking justice

Ireland - Inquest jury recommends medical care review at Cork Prison

Jersey - Plans to be submitted for a prisoner-staffed coffee shop


Australia - Queensland’s draconian approach to youth justice sets kids up to fail


News 3 February


US - Students learn alongside incarcerated classmates at Washington State Penitentiary


India - Consider Modifying Prisoners’ Bail Conditions if Bonds Not Furnished Within a Month: SC to Courts

Malaysia - Prisons Dept takes measure to reduce overcrowding and recidivism

UAE - Dubai jail inmates’ cookbook released at Emirates Airlines Literature Festival


England and Wales - Prisoners’ mental and physical health at ‘historically low levels’

England and Wales - Prison with blood-stained cell and scratched walls is ‘worst ever seen’ by inspector

England and Wales - Prison challenged to meet young people’s complex needs at HMYOI Wetherby

Ireland - 'Grave concern' at prison overcrowding as inmates sleep on floors

Irish prisons full at ‘watershed moment’ for penal policy

Italian anarchist’s hunger strike rekindles debate over harsh prison regime


Australia - ROGS: Indigenous overrepresentation in ACT justice system worsening


News 2 February


US - DOJ report outlines steps to limit solitary confinement in prisons, as its use only increases under Biden

US - Massachusetts prisoners who donate organs may get less prison time

US - Georgia Prison Crisis Worsens Amid Federal Investigations

US - Florida could end unanimous jury requirement for executions


India - SC issues guidelines to ensure prisoners are not held up despite getting bail


England and Wales - ‘Insufficient’ prison officer apprenticeships found at Sodexo

England and Wales - 'Dirty' HMP Wymott prison where unvaccinated inmates wait 'three years for counselling'

England and Wales - Man at South London prison died after 1 day behind bars as jail staff didn't know CPR


News 1 February


Kenya - Courts to review cases of mothers in jail with children

Kenya Prisons Service Wants Salaries Increased By 150pc


Canada - 192 Ontario jail deaths call for urgent action on staffing and drug screening: landmark report

El Salvador president unveils mega-prison for gangsters

US - Prison, jail staff rarely face legal consequences after sex abuse of inmates, report finds


India - Union Budget: Govt to support to poor prisoners unable to afford bail amounts

India - Maharashtra: State prisons to become manufacturing hubs; goods produced by inmates to be made available online


Ireland - Ministers 'committed' to diverting people with mental health issues away from prison

Northern Ireland - Maghaberry Prison ‘Stitch in Time Gang’ crocheting hats for premature babies


Unsentenced prisoners make up a third of Australia’s prison population as bail refusals boom


News 31 January


Kenya - Govt pushes for plea bargain to decongest prisons


US - Federal Bureau Of Prisons Set To End Home Confinement Under CARES Act

US - Hundreds of prison releases delayed after ADOC fails to notify victims

US - Bill that would restore right to vote for Minnesotans on probation, parole nears House vote

US (Hawaii) - Lawmakers Want More Information Made Public On Inmate Deaths In State Prisons And Jails


India - Delhi’s prisons have a plan for inmates: Stop court visits, move hearings online

Secretive Saudi executions leave families in the dark


Fiala Calls For Reduction In Czech Prison Population

England and Wales - Urgent action needed to curb rise in prison deaths linked to spice, say UK researchers

England and Wales - New drive to cut number of women prisoners

England and Wales - Dominic Raab’s changes to open prison conditions ‘making public less safe’, Parole Board chief says

England and Wales - HMP Foston Hall: Plans for new open blocks at England's 'most violent' women's prison

Jersey - La Moye prison wings renamed in modernisation programme


Australia - Number of Aboriginal Tasmanians in prison more than doubles in a decade


News 28 – 30 January


Canada’s top court takes a tough stance on mandatory minimum sentences

Canada - Doubling of inmate deaths in Ontario prompts call for correctional oversight body

Leaked database reveals prison abuses under El Salvador’s state of emergency

Jamaica - Rehabilitation for incarcerated should be top priority


Bangladesh - Deaths of inmates in prisons must be investigated

India - Imperative To Ensure Proactive Legal Help In Prisons: Report

India - In 2022, 165 death penalties handed out by trial courts, highest since 2000

Death row inmates' lawyers call for discussion, less secrecy on executions in Japan


Scottish Prison Service halts movement of all transgender prisoners while rules are reviewed


Australia - ‘Complete, unmitigated disaster’: inquest into Veronica Nelson’s death urges overhaul of ‘discriminatory’ Victorian bail laws


News 27 January


Ghana - Prison congestion to reduce with the passage of Sentencing Act — Godfred Dame


Hundreds of children packed in El Salvador's overcrowded prisons -rights group

Guyana - Crime down, but Prison population up -Benn tells Budget debate

US - Texas prison hunger strike over solitary confinement enters third week

US - Texas death row inmates sue state over ‘brutal’ solitary confinement conditions

US - New York’s Bill to Decriminalize Low-Level Drug Possession


India - IOC launches programme to train juvenile prison inmates


More than 200 people die in prison custody every year in England, Wales


News 26 January


Overcrowdings in Ghanaian Prisons impacting negatively – Prisons


US - DOJ says Louisiana prisons hold inmates beyond their release dates

US - Ombudsman proposed to ensure independent oversight of Md. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

US - Hawaii legislators want to expand program to keep mentally ill charged with minor crimes out of jail


Bangladesh - Dhaka calls for creating a victim-friendly criminal justice system

Jordan to build new JD 70 million prison in Azraq

Malaysia - Help inmates with long jail terms file appeals, judge tells prisons dept


England and Wales - Update on changes to transgender prisoner policy framework

England and Wales - Crown court judges to address court backlogs through game-changing guidelines

England and Wales - Campaigners fume as government to decide on Lancashire's new 'super prison' on its own accord

Gangland contracts worth £2.8m put on Scottish prisoners


New Zealand - Maximum security prisoners kept in cells for three days, breaching human rights


News 25 January


Kenya - KNCHR revives calls to abolish death penalty

High Number Of Inmates Awaiting Trial Causing Congestion, Prison Breaks In Nigeria


Jamaica - Gov't, Opposition agree on longer prison time for murder


Bangladesh - People in prisons have rights to health care: HC observes

India - Kerala prisoners released for good conduct become productive part of system, shows data

Iran: Sixty Executions in One Month, 14 in 6 Days

Yemen: End the male guardianship restriction for releasing women from prisons


England and Wales - ‘Potentially risky’ people being released after years on remand, watchdog warns

England and Wales - Education of Children in Custody Failing to Improve Post Pandemic, Inspectors Find


Australia - Parklea Prison Officers to Strike Over Safety Concerns

Australians urged to ditch ‘tough on crime’ mindset for youth justice as it does not work


News 24 January


Guantanamo: Covid-19 cases rise to one-third of detainee population, report says

Report: Native Americans Significantly Overrepresented In US Prisons


Rock the jailhouse: Too many Indians are locked up under dozens of obsolete laws. Legal reform must precede prison reform

Philippines - Jail guards keep part of money sent to inmates, says BuCor chief

Thailand - 29 convicts to kick off monitoring initiative


England and Wales - Inspection at HMP Maidstone praises new governor but highlights 'barely fit for purpose' cells and lack of translators

Irish child justice system under UN spotlight in Geneva

Scotland - Court backlog reduced by 30% during 2022


Australia - ‘Cruel and inhumane’: Coroner’s urgent demand on bail reform


News 21 – 23 January


Kenyan prisoners on death row weren’t deterred by the threat of the death penalty: new research findings

Nigeria - Prison Congestion: FG, others urged to activate Non-Custodial Special Fund


US - Death penalty paused in Arizona pending review into botched executions

US - Tennessee fires officials after damning death penalty report

US - Survivors recount rampant abuse at Los Angeles’ juvenile jails: ‘Helpless, hopeless, lost and lonely’


Cambodia - Ministries work towards community service sentences to reduce prison overcrowding

India - PM Modi calls for prison reforms and repeal of obsolete laws

India - Tihar jail launches skill training for post-release rehab of inmates


Cyprus - Another 11 prison guards prosecuted for criminal offenses

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

Jersey - ‘Different solution’ needed after child held in prison

Northern Ireland - More than 300 drug finds in north's prisons during lockdown

Project helping Welsh women in prison stay in contact with their children gets funding boost


News 20 January


Canada - Court-ordered community hours go towards healing in Indigenous-led justice efforts in Montreal

US - What the US’ Mass Incarceration Regime Costs Black Women

Lawsuit Alleges Federal Death-Row Conditions Violate U.S. Constitution and Human Rights Treaties


England and Wales - Ex-criminals to be given jobs as West Midlands construction giant makes key pledge

Ireland – Prison overcrowding: 50 inmates currently sleeping on the floor

Rapists in Spain to wear GPS-enabled tracking bands, victims to be alerted if they are close-by


Australia risks UN human rights blacklisting as states fail to meet prison obligations

Australia - ‘People before profits’: Victoria to ditch private health providers in women’s prisons


News 19 January


Ghana - Some youths are in prison because of GHC250 – Prison boss cries, begs for help to decongest


US - Using Zoom To Connect Returning Citizens To Resources And Community

US (Texas) - 'I'm not an animal:' Inmates endure a second week of hunger as they challenge prison living conditions


England and Wales - Why are our prisons still in lockdown?

England and Wales - Record number of neighbourhood criminals tagged to cut crime

520 children under the age of 6 in prison with their mothers in Turkey: report


‘People don’t want to spend money on law breakers’: staff shortages send New Zealand’s prisons to crisis point


News 18 January


Uganda - Sh19b needed to decongest prisons


US - Assaults reach record highs in New York prisons,159686

US - Prison parole denied for 90% of Alabama inmates, a new low


Bangladesh - DGHS DG summoned for not recruiting prison doctors

‘Prison after prison’: Debts trap foreigners in Vietnamese jails


England and Wales - Werrington youth prison has highest staff sickness rates in England

Greece - President decries delays in justice system


Australia - Link between prison cell size and infectious disease transmission informs law change

Australia - Victoria misses deadline for UN’s anti-torture protocols as prison pressure mounts


News 17 January


Rwanda - RCS Starts Decongestion Of Muhanga Prison


England and Wales - Prison system failing to support rising numbers of remand prisoners

England and Wales - Isle of Wight jail failing to prepare prisoners for release

Netherlands - Ultra-secure prison to get its own courtroom to reduce prison break opportunity


Australia - Women in prison


News 14-16 January


Nigeria - NCoS to fortify prisons’ security with N500m

South Africa - Overcrowding in prisons continues to be a problem, says Popcru


Canada - ‘Why was he in a maximum-security prison?’ Advocates want answers on immigration detainee’s death in custody

Ecuadorian security forces regain control of El Inca prison after inmate’s death

US - More than 70 Texas prisoners are 3 days into a hunger strike protesting harsh solitary confinement practices

US - In Nevada Prisons, Use-Of-Force Overhaul Stalls

US - Incarcerated People in Washington Plead to Limit Use of Solitary Confinement,307269


India - Mental health, hygiene facilities: Women's panel's suggestion to jail officials for female inmates


England and Wales - Prison could be expanded to take in more inmates

England and Wales - Prisoner dies at HMP Chelmsford as investigation launched


Australia - Victoria’s prisons a pressure cooker as staff recruitment falls short

Australia - NSW maximum security prisoners recycle 80 tonnes of waste, donate proceeds to charity


News 13 January


Canada - Ottawa laying groundwork for Indigenous justice systems, says Lametti

US - Working Out The Bugs On The Bureau Of Prisons First Step Act Calculator

US - Federal Cannabis Sentences Drop Substantially Since 2014


Three Things India Can Do To Reduce Undertrial Prisoner Population


England and Wales - Murderer sues prison service for nearly £1m in human rights test case claiming his cell is too cold

England and Wales - Road rage thug who beat up lorry driver walks free as judge warns 'prisons are full'


News 12 January


Sint Maarten - Prison strike: Inmates demand their human rights be respected

US - Garland Takes on Mandatory Minimums

‘The nation’s executioners’: US supreme court slams door on death row petitions

US - Federal Judge Orders Arizona Prison Overhaul Due To Unconstitutional Conditions


Thailand - Dredging project to combat future floods manned by prison inmates


Prison staff in Belgium go on 24-hour-long strike

England and Wales - Ofsted hit out at Peterborough prison after jail reduces range of courses on offer

England and Wales - Staff shortages result in ‘inhumane’ treatment of Dartmoor prisoners

Hungary - Circular Economy Plant Set Up in Szeged Prison

Torture, inhuman treatment and conditions in Turkish prisons: 2022 in Review


Australia - Calls for overhaul as Victoria continues to outsource prison health care to private companies


News 11 January


Rwanda - Gov’t to save Rwf15b annually in prisons decongestion


Canada - Inmate reportedly died of heart attack after use of pepper spray, spit hood in Montreal jail

US - Native Americans are Incarcerated at the Highest Rate, New Report Reveals


India - Mental health of prison inmates to be evaluated

Malaysia - Govt reviewing substitute sentences for mandatory death penalty

Philippines president orders ‘decongestion’ of prisons


England and Wales - New bag scanners at prisons detect heroin in washing-up liquid, cannabis in curry

England and Wales - Winchester Prison has 'unacceptable' living conditions says new report

England and Wales - Sex offenders at Brixton Prison could be released without adequate efforts to halt offending

Reform urged for ‘disjointed’ bail and remand system in Northern Ireland


Australia - Victorian prisoners denied parole due to lack of accommodation during housing crisis

Incarceration rate in French Polynesia remains higher than in mainland France


News 10 January


US - Federal inmates would pay more to victims under new Justice Dept. rule

US - ‘It’s not just a jail break’: Juvenile prison populations reach all-time lows

US - Texas prisoners launching hunger strike to protest state’s harsh solitary confinement practices


Brutal torture of over a dozen prisoners inside Bahrain’s Jau Prison: Report

Philippines - Marcos Jr. orders DOJ to continue releasing prisoners qualified for parole


England and Wales - New prison podcast shows what life is really like behind the walls of Woodhill jail in Milton Keynes

Ireland - Prisoners take part in Men’s Shed initiative to help prepare for life outside


News 7-9 January


The corruption problem in Mauritian prisons

Zambia: Abolition of the death penalty ‘a historic milestone’


US - More than 20,000 books banned in Florida prisons

US - California Voice: Tracking COVID contractions, deaths in state’s jails more difficult than it should be


India - Now, all inmates of Delhi prisons to get hot water, prisoners above 65 to be given mattresses, Delhi LG instructs officials

Iranian judiciary orders investigation into rape in prisons

Malaysia - Resolve fate of 1,300 death row prisoners, govt urged

One prisoner killed, more than 60 wounded in Myanmar prison riot

Pakistan - 52 prisoners still in jails despite serving out sentences

Philippines - 4,907 BuCor inmates to participate in voter registration


England and Wales - Government U-turns after 1,000 cell plan to tackle prison overcrowding was quietly cut in half

England and Wales - Dartmoor Prison inmates locked up for 23 hours a day due to staff shortages

England and Wales - Investigation launched after another inmate dies at HMP Forest Bank

Italy - Prisons, one in 3 prisoners have a job (but the figure could double)

Scots prison scandal as more than 40 inmates die in jail over last year


News 6 January


Malawi: 7 Inmates Test Positive for Covid-19 At Maula Prison


Conditions Improve for Opposition Prisoners in Nicaragua

US - Biden signs bill aiming to ease costs for prison calls


Fifteen Iranian Women Launch Hunger Strike In Prison Over Conditions


England and Wales - Dominic Raab accused of treating crime victims as ‘afterthought’ as justice system ‘crumbles’


New Zealand - Jail population grows by 600, Corrections recruitment lags


News 5 January


Kenya - Prisons PS Calls for Release of Minors Held in Custody with Their Mothers


Canada - Inquiry demanded into Montreal jail death after guards used pepper spray, spit hood

In troubled Mexico prison, inmates ruled their cell blocks


Northern Ireland - Belfast prisoner wins permission to challenge segregation and monitoring in NI jails

Inmates go on hunger strike to protest rights violations in prison in western Turkey


News 4 January 2023


Mexico prison break: Hunt for escapees turns deadly

Rising prices behind bars hammer imprisoned people in the US

US - More women are being detained as jail populations near pre-COVID levels

US - Low staffing at prisons in Colorado leads to unsustainable working conditions


India - Visitors are indispensable for enforcement of fundamental rights of prisoners: Madras High Court issues directions on prison reform

Malaysia - Upgrades but no new prisons planned, says home minister Saifuddin

Myanmar to free 7000 prisoners on foundation day under amnesty


Guernsey Prison dealing with Covid outbreak

Ireland - New palliative care centre to be built on Midlands Prison campus

Turkey - Justice Ministry issues new procedures to facilitate release of ill prisoners


News 22 December 2022 – 3 January 2023


Ghana - Pay attention to non-custodial sentencing to reduce overcrowding in prisons — Ambrose Nsarko to government

Liberia: Supreme Court Orders Release of Pre-trial Detainees due to Overcrowded Prisons

Zambia Becomes 25th Sub-Saharan African Nation to Abolish Death Penalty


Canada - Book club helps inmates at this Ontario women's prison connect and communicate

Mexico Prison Break Near US Border Leaves 17 Dead, Gang Leader on Run

US - Bill forcing feds to fix prison cameras is signed into law

US - ‘You’re a slave’: Inside Louisiana’s forced prison labor and a failed overhaul attempt


Belgium - 'Catastrophic' living conditions in Saint-Gilles Prison

England and Wales - ‘Overwhelmed’ justice system failing victims of crime, CPS chief warns

Italy prison suicides spike as post-COVID misery lingers

Northern Ireland - Community justice scheme hailed as alternative to short prison sentences

Scotland - Castle Huntly open prison underused, say inspectors

Inmates in a prison in central Turkey on 78th day of hunger strike: report


News 21 December


Nigeria - Police, Magistrates begin training on prison decongestion


Starvation rations: Inmates are dying inside Haiti’s overcrowded prisons from lack of food

Paraguay jail break: Inmates escape through tunnel

U.S. Jail Population Increased While Prison Population Decreased in 2021

US leads the world in long prison sentences: Study

US - Massachusetts agrees to reform prison conditions for mentally ill inmates

US - State rolling out digital tablets specifically designed for inmates across Texas prisons

US - Death at Mat-Su prison marks Alaska’s 18th person to die in custody this year


Another Prison Break in Lebanon … Over 100 Have Escaped Since August

547 detainees died in Syrian regime prisons in 2022


England and Wales - Legal aid awareness training for prison staff

Scotland - Job fears as HMP Greenock closure rated 'almost inevitable'


News 20 December


Gambia - ‘Human Rights Abuse Prevails In Prison’

Ghana - Minority demands upward adjustment of feeding grant for prison inmates


Antigua - Prisoners at His Majesty’s Prison riot due to improper treatment and conditions

US - Over 25,000 People in Prison Await Decisions on Their Clemency Applications

US - State auditor: Vermont prison system mishandled incarcerated people’s grievances


Kyrgyz Prison Officials Rebuff Calls For Examination Of Hunger-Striking Activists

Philippines - DOJ seeks clemency for 2,000 prisoners to ease Bilibid congestion


England and Wales - Staffing issues sees HMP Norwich facing 'alarming violence'

England and Wales - Coroner calls for CPR training at Yorkshire prison after inmate death


Australia - NT prison officers feel unsafe, depressed


News 17 – 19 December


Zimbabwe - Govt in the dock over mentally ill prisoners; some have served their sentences but remain in jail


Guatemala looks to start building maximum security prison in 2023

US - Exhaustive 50-State Report Analyzes True Cost of Prison and Jail Phone Calls

US - When a prison is known as the 'rape club,' our justice system has a credibility problem

US (Washington) - Three WA watchdog prison reports remain unreleased to the public


Women lack basics in crisis-hit Lebanon's crowded prisons


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