North America Material conditions Facilities United StatesPrivate equity firms are capturing systems people in prison use and making them even more brutal and unaccountable.
United Kingdom: inspectors find squalid conditions, spiralling self-harm and violence at Bedford Prison
Europe Mental health Material conditions Violence United KingdomHM Inspector of Prisons says that conditions at HMP Bedford have deteriorated so sharply that they’ve had to issue an urgent notification for improvement.
Africa Access to legal rights Material conditions Facilities Activities South AfricaFive former prisoners share their experiences in South African prisons. Incarcerated for different lengths of time, at different periods and in different facilities, these diverse perspectives highlight the challenges faced by prisoners in South Africa.
Africa Pre-trial detention Women Minors Foreign prisoners LGBTQI Long-term prisoners Mental health Material conditions Facilities Suicide Death penalty Torture Activities Social ties Alternatives Work South AfricaAll there is to know about South African prisons in 2023. Key figures, life in detention, references: discover all the data gathered by Prison Insider.
Middle East Discipline Health Mental health Material conditions Overcrowding Torture Violence IsraelThe increase in detained Palestinians in Israeli prisons since 7th October has reportedly resulted in overcrowding, deprivation of medical treatment, and restriction of drinking water and food. NGO and media reports also document violent and degrading arrests.
Africa Health Material conditions Violence South AfricaThe Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) is the oversight body responsible for supervising South Africa’s prison service. Prison Insider met with Edwin Cameron, the Inspecting Judge, and the JICS executive team to discuss prison conditions in the country.
South America Discipline Material conditions Violence VenezuelaThe system that delegated power in Venezuela’s prisons to pranes, or criminal leaders, seems to be ending after a series of military takeovers of jails by President Nicolás Maduro.
Women Europe Mental health Material conditions Facilities Rehabilitation United KingdomIn 2022, a new type of detention facility was introduced into the Scottish prison system: Community Custody Units (CCUs). Through trauma informed principles, their aim is to empower women to manage their sentence plans and support their community integration. Interview.
United States: $4 million settlement for inhumane living conditions at Southern Regional Jail under consideration
North America Justice Material conditions United StatesA tentative settlement in the amount of $4 million was presented on Thursday with regard to a class action lawsuit alleging inhumane living conditions and unethical treatment incurred by inmates at Southern Regional Jail.
Africa Access to legal rights Discipline Material conditions ZimbabweEmmerson Mnangagwa has urged prison officers to be disciplined and uphold human rights principles when handling inmates in the course of their duties.
North America Health Material conditions United StatesDemocratic lawmakers are introducing a package of legislation that they say will counter inhumane conditions in Wisconsin’s prisons and county jails.
Europe Health Material conditions United KingdomPrisoners in some facilities forced to defecate in buckets overnight, a practice outlawed in 1996.
North America Material conditions United StatesThe Missouri Justice Coalition is about to launch its first town hall tour focusing on state prison conditions.
North America Mental health Material conditions United StatesThe position appears to have been eliminated last year.
Mental health Material conditions Death penalty TortureWorld Day Against the Death Penalty is observed every year on 10 October. This year, the day is dedicated to the inherent connection between the death penalty and torture. To mark the occasion, Marie Salphati and Xavière Prugnard described their work for FIACAT on recognising this connection.
Africa Material conditions Death penalty Torture Social ties Congo - KinshasaThe death penalty is still in force in the DRC. Death sentences continue to be imposed despite a de facto moratorium on executions. ACAT-DRC is performing long-running advocacy work to achieve abolition. Interview.
Europe Material conditions Work United KingdomDartmoor Prison is failing to provide adequate living conditions, education and work opportunities for its inmates, says an inspectors’ report.
Middle East Material conditions Overcrowding IsraelOne in every five Palestinians has been arrested and charged under the 1,600 military orders that control every aspect of the lives of Palestinians living under the Israeli military occupation. That incarceration rate doubles for Palestinian men — two in every five have been arrested.
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