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.
Europe Discipline Mental health United KingdomIndependent Monitoring Board says jails in England using segregation too often as a way of managing inmates
Asia Mental health Suicide Overcrowding Religion IndiaBy December 2022, India’s prisons were filled to 131% of capacity, up one percentage point from 2021. This is despite a campaign in July last year to identify undertrial prisoners eligible for release, and the country adding 11 prisons since 2021.
Crises Pre-trial detention Women Middle East Foreign prisoners Health Mental health Material conditions LebanonPrisoners are suffering the consequences of the socio-economic crisis: access to medical care, food and water is no longer guaranteed. The proportion of people in remand detention far exceeds the global average and contributes to prison overcrowding. Interview.
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 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.
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.
Asia Access to legal rights Health Mental health Facilities IndiaPoor facilities in prisons & restricted healthcare access can lead to inmates suffering from bad mental health.
North America Mental health Material conditions United StatesThe position appears to have been eliminated last year.
North America Health Mental health United StatesEleven days after 57-year-old Anthony Talotta arrived at a Pittsburgh jail, he died from what his family says was a treatable and preventable infection from a foot wound.
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.
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.
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.
Africa Pre-trial detention Women Minors Foreign prisoners LGBTQI Long-term prisoners Access to legal rights Discipline Justice Health Mental health Material conditions Suicide Overcrowding Torture Violence Activities Social ties Work Congo - BrazzavilleAll there is to know about Congolese prisons in 2023. Key figures, life in detention, references: discover all the data gathered by Prison Insider.
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North America Mental health Torture United StatesThe research is clear – it’s bad for prison violence, terrible for inmates and poses increased risks for society.
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.