North America Mental health Violence Social ties CanadaOlivia* supports a close schizophrenic friend through his life sentence. She recounts the time spent helping him and understanding his illness. She reveals the shortcomings of the penal system as well as the violence perpetrated by prison staff.
Central America and the Caribbean Women Health Material conditions Social ties PanamaYonta J. was incarcerated in a Panamanian prison for three years, from March 2015 to January 2018. She faced hardships that still impact her life today. This is the story of her daily life in prison.
Europe Mental health Suicide United KingdomInquests flag up gaps in the care of prisoners in relation to at least nine deaths in custody since 2021.
Europe Long-term prisoners Mental health Suicide United KingdomNine self-inflicted deaths of prisoners serving IPP sentences in 2022 was highest number since controversial introduction.
Europe Material conditions United KingdomUrgent action has been demanded over conditions at Wakefield’s high-security jail
North America Minors Material conditions United StatesChildren, some as young as 15, incarcerated at notorious Angola prison, which has reputation for brutality and violence.
North America Discipline Material conditions United StatesA prison in the US state of Minnesota was placed into lockdown on Sunday after dozens of inmates refused to return to their cells.
Middle East Material conditions Protest BahrainThe suspension of the strike comes before the crown prince’s visit to the United States, and as Bahrain vows to improve conditions.
Europe Material conditions Facilities Rehabilitation BelgiumHoogstraten Penitentiary School Centre (PSC) is an open prison operating in a 19th century castle. Kortrijk detention house is a small-scale facility located in an urban environment. Prison Insider examines their similarities and differences.
Europe Discipline Material conditionsRespect modules, an approach that originated in Spain, and dynamic security approaches aim to improve relationships in prison settings. However, their implementation encounters certain limitations. Valérie Icard, an associate researcher at CESDIP, focuses on these questions. Interview.
Women Social ties Rehabilitation CanadaWomen prisoners encounter more difficulties than their male counterparts when it comes to maintaining ties with family and friends. What kind of problems do these women face? What can be done to help them? An interview with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Quebec.
Europe Social ties Rehabilitation FranceRyan* was incarcerated at Fresnes in April 2019. He stayed there for fourteen months. He speaks about being arrested right in front of his daughter, who was four years old at the time, the sadness of visits, and the difficulty of being far away, of feeling powerless and useless.
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North America Europe Social ties RehabilitationMaintaining relationships is often seen more as a means than an end: its status as a basic human right has been erased, and instead the prison service has assigned it a role in reintegration. What are the consequences for prisoners and for their loved ones?
Social ties Alternatives RehabilitationElectronic monitoring allows individuals to serve their sentence at home with their family. In practice, however, the experience of electronic monitoring is a difficult undertaking. Can one’s home become a prison? What impact does surveillance have on their loved ones? Investigation.
North America Activities Social ties United StatesMissouri Prisons have unleashed a new form of cruelty—banning books sent by friends and family to incarcerated individuals. This is more than just a policy, it’s an attack on freedom and human dignity.
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