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Guatemala: there is danger
Guatemala country-profile now available
23 June 2017. The risk of dying inside a Guatemalan prison, in 2016, is twelve times higher than dying outside. Prisons are dangerous places, and more people in Guatemala get incarcerated: + 150% in eight years.
More details in Guatemala's country-profile.
Geometry of confinement
22 June 2017. This inventory of confinement geometries is made of around thirty prisons from different geographical and historical origins: Laure Tixier presents a series of black abstract watercolours, a collection of plans of prisons from all over the world.
Brazil behind bars
END MASS INCARCERATION
21 June 2017. The situation of prisons in Brazil is alarming. The country has the third largest prison population in the world and, contrary to the overall trend, is still increasing. This needs to stop. Sign the petition.
Seen in the press
Ireland: prisoner numbers down as more get community service instead of jail
Source - Independent
The number of people being committed to prison has plummeted after measures requiring judges to consider community services as an alternative to a jail term.
Bali escape: prisoners not found in waterlogged tunnel out of Kerobokan, police say
Source - ABC
Police have confirmed no prisoners have been found in a tunnel that is believed to be have been used by four escapee inmates at the Kerobokan jail. There had been fears that the men,…
'Buried alive': the old men stuck in Britain’s prisons
Source - The Guardian
They can’t manage the stairs, so they can’t exercise, or go to classes. They’re afraid to shower in case they fall. The ones with dementia don’t even know where they are. Is…
France, prison de Perpignan : encore des surveillants de prison agressés par un détenu
Source - L'Independant
This article is not available in English. If you wish, you can consult the French version.
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Widespread use of solitary confinement
Canada's country profile available in French
21 June 2017. The use of solitary confinement in Canada's prisons is being widely criticised. Just one among other issues. Find out more in Canada's country profile, now available in French.
Browse the website in French to access it.
Children, Palestinians, Prisoners
destroyed Children’s lives
21 June 2017. More than 8,500 Palestinian children have passed through the hands of the Israeli security forces since 2000. Arrested, sexually assaulted and sometimes tortured, these minors come out of the Israeli military detention system completely broken. Words of child prisoners.
Portfolio: young prisoners in Madagascar
Antanimora, juvenile facility
16 June 2017. 700 out of 21,000 prisoners in Madagascar are under 18. Pre-trial detention is a serious issue as it lets these minors waiting to be judged for months or years. Pierre Duvert, photographer, shot their everyday life.
Honduras: about prisons and violence
The country-profile available in French and Spanish
14 June 2017. Honduras has one of the world's highest murder rate. This violence spreads throughout the prison system where violent deaths frequently occur.
This country-profile is currently being translated in English. You can read it in French and Spanish.
Virginie de Galzain
United States of America
Sebastien van Malleghem
The Franklin Masacre survivors
Carlos Hernandez photographed the men who survived Franklin Masacre’s reign over the General Penitentiary of Venezuela.
Children languishing in dark cells. They are victims of alleged arbitrary justice, and they spend years without seeing the inside of a courtroom.
From 2011 to 2014, Grégoire Korganow went inside some 20 corrections facilities and photographed everything he saw: inside the cells, courtyard, visitation booths, showers, solitary confinement block, and more, by day and by night.
Breaking the Circle
Minors released from prison have no access to reentry programs. Some go back to the streets and try to survive; others receive support from various organisations.
The everyday lives of inmates, guards and visitors.
Prisons of Madagascar
“Overcrowding, the stench of urine as soon as you cross the threshold, rats and vermin everywhere…” Virginie de Galzain
Story of Earl Reinhardt
While seeking out a subject for a report on aging detainees, Sarah Bones meets Earl, who has spent the past 50 of his 75 years behind bars.
Waiting for Justice
Children are incarcerated illegally in the maximum security prison of Pademba, in Sierra Leone. Fernando Moleres shares with us the daily lives of the minors in the Prison of Freetown.
Being deprived of freedom causes extreme distress. The images by Sebastien van Malleghem denounce the archaic and opaque walls which enclose these men and women and their broken lives.
They are talking about it
Egypt: a physician, committed to helping prisoners, imprisoned himself
"I was lucky, but so many are beaten, electrocuted, raped, hung up by their…
Marcello dell'Anna (II)
"My letters tell my life in prison. A life punctuated by infinite time that…