Europe Material conditions Social ties United KingdomAccording to the Prison Service, all 92 closed public-sector prisons in England and Wales will be fully fitted with phones by February 24.
Asia Justice Material conditions Violence RussiaRussia’s most significant opposition leader for the past decade, Alexei Navalny, has died in an Arctic Circle jail, the prison service has said. President Vladimir Putin’s most vociferous critic, he was serving 19 years on extremism charges that were widely seen as politically motivated.
Central America and the Caribbean Material conditions Facilities El SalvadorSince the Cecot (Centre for the Confinement of Terrorism) opened on 31 January 2023, the BBC had repeatedly requested access to the mega-prison. It was finally granted two days after President Nayib Bukele claimed victory in the presidential election held on 4 February.
Oceania Mental health Material conditions Facilities New ZealandPrisoners seeking mental health support at a prison south of Palmerston North were waiting up to three months to see a clinician, inspectors say.
North America Access to legal rights Health United StatesMississippi prison health care contractors withheld cancer diagnosis and treatment for years, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges.
Europe Discipline NetherlandsFrom 2020 to 2023, nearly 160 prison employees in the Netherlands were dismissed for corruption, smuggling drugs or phones into prison, having a relationship with a detainee, or leaking sensitive information. Another 170 were punished in other ways, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research.
South America Justice Material conditions Torture EcuadorAn Ecuadorian judge has ordered the Ombudsman’s Office to investigate alleged acts of torture by the military in several prisons in the country. The move comes under the state of emergency enacted by the government at the beginning of January to end a prison riot crisis.
Minors Oceania Material conditions Facilities AustraliaYouth detainees have no air conditioning in their cells at Casuarina Prison’s Unit 18. Temperatures have hit upwards of 40 degrees Celsius in parts of Perth this week. There are fresh calls for Unit 18 to be closed immediately, with authorities yet to answer questions about what else is being done…
Europe Discipline Mental health United KingdomIndependent Monitoring Board says jails in England using segregation too often as a way of managing inmates
Asia Justice Material conditions Overcrowding Torture PakistanPakistan’s prisons remain terribly overcrowded and under-resourced, and nascent efforts at progressive reform are stymied by ingrained attitudes of discrimination, including against religious and ethnic minorities.
Asia Access to legal rights Health Material conditions North Korea“There’s not much space inside the cells for each crew, so prisoners sleep very close together, with one person’s feet brushing against another’s head,” a source told Daily NK.
Africa Health Material conditions South SudanDozens of inmates at the Wau Central Prison in Western Bahr el Ghazal State are suffering from an unknown disease outbreak. Inmates at the facility said they have been suffering from the mysterious disease, characterized by itching and body pains, since December last year.