Africa Coronavirus North America Central America and the Caribbean Pre-trial detention South America Asia Europe Middle East Health Material conditions Protest ActivitiesWhat measures are taken to guarantee the safety of all prisoners and prison staff? What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in prisons? Here is an overview. — Update 14/09/20 Read more
France : suicides en prison
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Biélorussie : les protestataires libérés racontent les tortures en prison
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France: Eric Dupond-Moretti annonce un budget 2021 "exceptionnel" pour la justice
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Nicaragua: mujeres trans hablan desde las prisiones durante la COVID-19
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México: las otras pandemias en las cárceles
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El Salvador: "son criminales y no están con este gobierno"
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España: el gobierno vasco urge a "adaptar la política penitenciaria a la realidad actual"
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North America Justice United StatesWhen President Donald Trump commuted Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence in 2018, many observers assumed that the grandmother was fully free. What they didn’t realize at the time was that Johnson, who was convicted of a first-time, nonviolent drug offense, still wore the “invisible shackle” of probation.
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United Kingdom: teenage killers could spend rest of their lives in prison after "life means life" shake-up
Minors Europe Justice United KingdomThe government is planning to lower the age at which murderers can be jailed for life without parole from 21 to 18.
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United States: can Kentucky keep charging prisoners for their jail stay if they are found not guilty?
North America Justice United StatesKentucky State law allows county jails to charge prisoners a daily fee during their stay while fighting their case. But what happens when the person is found not guilty of the charges and gets released? According to a February 14, 2020 ruling by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, even if the state throws…
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Prisons and jails are rolling back free phone and video calls. They should be extending them instead
Coronavirus North America Social ties United StatesAmidst a pandemic and recession, policymakers should be fighting for extended — if not permanent — financial relief for incarcerated people and their families.
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North America Justice United StatesIts decades-long commitment to upholding convictions—even those marred by police or prosecutorial misconduct—has left Missourians languishing in prison for years.
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Africa North America Women Asia Death penaltyCartONG and Planète Réfugiés-Droits de l’Homme (PRDH) united since September 2019 to create maps aimed at raising awareness about the situation of people on death row worldwide. Nine maps have been produced to date. On March 8th, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the two organisations… Read more
France : à quand un nouveau contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté ?
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Africa Coronavirus Health Material conditionsIn Africa, the COVID-19 epidemic is evolving differently compared to Europe or America. Is the lockdown a solution to the spread of the epidemic? Read more
Coronavirus South America Health Violence BrazilWith more than 700,000 prisoners, the ailing prison system has been thrown into turmoil by the ongoing political disorder and the health crisis caused by Covid-19. What is the future for prisons in Brazil, and what are the main challenges at present? Read more
Africa Access to legal rights Justice Protest Rehabilitation TunisiaBetter conditions of imprisonment, effective prison administration and security: a new face for Tunisian prisons. Yasmine Bouagga, sociologist, answers our questions. Read more
Women Access to legal rights Drugs BrazilBrazil’s prison population tripled in 20 years, resulting to a total of 770,000 inmates in 2,600 prisons. This is due to an increased recourse to detention. The incarceration rate of 133 in 2000 has grown to 466 in nearly two decades. The narration of women imprisonment seems to follow the same trajectory.… Read more
Coronavirus Asia Facilities ThailandThailand plans to turn about half its prisons into tourist attractions to boost visitor numbers as the Southeast Asian nation struggles to recover from an economic slump caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
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France: punaises de lit, moisissures, surpopulation, le calvaire à la prison de Perpignan
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Colombia: Corte Constitucional avala sin muchos cambios el decreto de cárceles
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Spain: la realidad de las cárceles en la pandemia, cuando los datos esconden la verdad
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