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.
Women Middle East Material conditions Violence IsraelPalestinian women released from Israeli jails over the weekend warned of “brutal” conditions in jails since 7 October.
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.
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.
South America Violence VenezuelaVenezuela has launched a series of raids to regain control of seven prisons from powerful gangs.
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.
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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Central America and the Caribbean Women Violence HondurasThe inmates were found shot or burned to death in the latest spasm of violence in the country’s troubled prison system.
Minors Oceania Material conditions Torture Violence AustraliaThe troubled Banksia Hill youth detention centre is facing fresh scrutiny amid allegations a girl was sexually harassed by custodial officers. Detainees at Banksia Hill and Casuarina Prison’s Unit 18 youth facility claim they have been subjected to excessive use of force, ongoing lockdowns, forced…
Asia Violence IndiaTihar Jail, located in New Delhi, is one of South Asia’s largest and most notorious prison complexes. The prison was intended as a correctional facility, but the growing spate of violence and gang wars within the jail has cast a shadow over its reputation yet again. Why have the authorities been un…
Africa Women Torture Violence EgyptHigh walls, mobile prison, overcrowded rooms, and no regard for one’s bodily autonomy: this is what many women and girls deal with in Egypt’s prisons, only for being human rights activists, journalists, or political opponents to the regime. Over the past seven years, Egypt’s prisons, especially the…