Central America and the Caribbean Overcrowding Torture El SalvadorNew rules passed by El Salvador’s congress Wednesday will allow courts to try accused gang members in mass trials, in an effort to expedite tens of thousands of cases for those detained under the country’s crackdown on street gangs.
Europe Facilities Social ties Rehabilitation NorwayWayBack is a non-profit organisation, whose objective is to help prisoners reintegrate into society. Prison Insider met with Johan Lothe, the director of WayBack Oslo, to discuss his unique perspective on supporting prisoners in their transition to freedom. Interview.
North America Justice Facilities United StatesThe state cut incarceration in half, while crime plummeted.
Africa Women Justice Torture Central African RepublicRepresentations of witchcraft are very prevalent in Central African society. The penal code nevertheless criminalises certain practices of witchcraft and charlatanism. The same people are targeted over and over again: women, especially those who are older and isolated. Interview.
Asia Access to legal rights Justice IndiaIn 1972, the Wildlife Protection Act was established to protect wildlife in India. It has led, however, to the criminalisation of an already marginalised part of the population: the forest-dwelling communities. The CPA project told us what this means in practice.
South America Violence Ecuador
Africa Access to legal rights Justice Mental health KenyaMisunderstood and excluded by their peers, people with mental health conditions are more likely to end up in prison. Once incarcerated, their ostracization is striking. The NGO Tunawiri addresses this issue by providing training to incarcerated people and prison staff. Interview.
Europe Mental health Torture United KingdomInspectorate calls for urgent improvements, particularly in treatment of prisoners with mental health problems.
Asia Justice Torture Myanmar (Burma)
South Africa: JICS finds evidence of racial discrimination, human rights abuses against “Phoenix accused”
Africa Material conditions Torture South AfricaThe Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) are at loggerheads over findings of an investigation into allegations of abuse of inmates of Indian descent jailed in Phoenix during the July 2021 unrest.
North America Activities Rehabilitation Work United StatesArt helped soften Dwayne Burns’ rage while he was inside, as it did for many others. Now outside, he runs a program that helps inmates earn income from their talent.
Europe Material conditions Facilities Bosnia & HerzegovinaThe construction of the prison complex on Igman is a project that has been announced for decades.
Africa Overcrowding Torture Congo - BrazzavilleOvercrowded prisons, over-use of remand, cases of torture and mistreatment, horrific detention conditions: in the Congo, prisoners’ rights are barely respected. Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT), an NGO in the Congo protecting human rights, is pushing for change. Interview…
Middle East Mental health Suicide TurkeyOmer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a Green Left deputy from Kocaeli, stated today that at least 26 prisoners died in prisons in the first six months of 2023. Gergerlioglu stressed that 15 of the 26 prisoners died in suspicious circumstances. Another 11 people were not released from prison despite being termi…
Central America and the Caribbean Torture HondurasAuthorities in Honduras forced inmates to sit half-naked in tight rows while they searched for contraband in a sweep of prisons Monday, similar to the harsh tactics of neighbouring El Salvador. The military police — who have taken charge of the nation’s prisons — fanned out across several prisons,…
Africa Justice Health Material conditions EthiopiaNigerian inmates in Kaliti prison, a maximum-security prison in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, have again called on the government to facilitate their transfer to prisons in Nigeria. The inmates are pleading to be allowed to serve the rest of their jail terms in Nigeria. The detainees said they suffer grave…
Africa Overcrowding GhanaThe Crime Check Foundation (CCF), along with other civil society groups, including Amnesty International, have met former President John Dramani Mahama to discuss ways of improving conditions in Ghana’s prisons, where overcrowding is a big challenge. Two other civil society organisations (CSOs), th…