Middle East Justice SyriaThousands of people have “vanished” inside Syria’s prison system over more than a decade of civil conflict. Their families are left in a desperate situation, forced to pay out large sums of money to middlemen, government and security officials for any information about their loved ones - often with…
Europe Material conditions Overcrowding United KingdomInspector criticises “degrading” conditions in prisons in correspondence to Government
North America Pre-trial detention Health Material conditions United States
Asia Death penalty Malaysia
Central America and the Caribbean Justice Overcrowding El SalvadorEl Salvador has imprisoned 1.6% of its 6.3 million citizens. That gives it an incarceration rate triple that of the US and more than double that of Cuba.
South America Women Material conditions Colombia“The system is failing women, with often devastating impacts on our families, mental or reproductive health. But those who have been inside can change it for the better – if we are allowed.”
Africa Women Facilities Rehabilitation ZimbabweThe Zimbabwean government in 2021 opened Marondera, its first open prison for women, giving a chance for qualified prisoners to spend time with their families while serving their sentences.
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.