Governor Newsom Signs Bill to Halt Private, For-Profit Prisons and Immigration Detention Facilities in California

US Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which will phase out the use of all private, for-profit prisons, including both prisons and immigration detention facilities, in California. AB 32 will bar the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) from entering into … More Governor Newsom Signs Bill to Halt Private, For-Profit Prisons and Immigration Detention Facilities in California

Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee Publishes Report on Scottish Police and Prisons

The Council of Europe’s ‘Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ (CPT), has today published the report on its ad-hoc visit to Scotland, which took place from 17 to 25 October 2018, together with the response from the United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit was to examine the … More Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee Publishes Report on Scottish Police and Prisons

HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

The 2018/19 Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) Annual Report for HMP Winchester is published today. The independent monitors say that, despite progress since their highly critical report last year, the prison’s performance is still unsatisfactory in a number of areas. In its 2018/19 annual report (PDF) released today, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) notes that, in the year to … More HMP Winchester Still Unsatisfactory Despite Extra Staff & Funding

Illicit Phone in Prison Used to Mastermind Drug Ring & Money Laundering

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that 29 people were each indicted for Drug Conspiracy, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000,000 fine, yesterday 18th September, 2019 All 29 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, with some of those defendants … More Illicit Phone in Prison Used to Mastermind Drug Ring & Money Laundering

1,400 New Prison Places Approved at Full Sutton – UK

Jail is the first milestone in the UK Prime Minister’s pledge for 10,000 new prison places. green light for new 1,440-capacity prison in East Yorkshire new prison will create jobs and boost local economy Plans for a new modern jail at Full Sutton have been approved, paving the way for the first of the 10,000 … More 1,400 New Prison Places Approved at Full Sutton – UK

New US Report Reveals 25% Of People Sent to Jail Re-Offend

A new report from the Prison Policy Initiative, Arrest, Release, Repeat  reveals that about 4.9 million people are jailed in the U.S. each year. Most of the 4.9 million are only arrested once, but, 1 in 4 detainees are arrested more than once a year, and a whopping 428,000 people are arrested three or more … More New US Report Reveals 25% Of People Sent to Jail Re-Offend

10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Violence and drug use at some of the UK’s most challenging prisons in England and Wales have fallen following a trailblazing year-long programme, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced today (22 August 2019).  The 10 Prisons Project was a ground-breaking attempt to turn around some of the most difficult jails through enhanced security, strong leadership … More 10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

£100 Million Crackdown on Crime in UK Prisons

Prison security will be boosted by a £100 million investment as part of a crackdown on crime behind bars, the government announced 13 August 2019. The investment will target all types of crime in prison; from drug smugglers fuelling a rise in violence and self-harm, to gang kingpins continuing to run their operations from jail, … More £100 Million Crackdown on Crime in UK Prisons

Flaming Socks the Latest Way to Smuggle Drugs into Prisons

The “common-or-garden” sock has many uses within the prison community; from being filled with aggregate or heavy objects to make a weapon, to being used to make “hooch” or prison alcohol.  Now they are being used as part of the latest tactic to smuggle contraband into Irish prisons. Although not new, the flaming socks sporadic … More Flaming Socks the Latest Way to Smuggle Drugs into Prisons

Brazil Drug Trafficker Attempts Prison Escape Disguised as his Daughter

42 year old, Clauvino da Silver, who is currently serving a sentence of 73 years and ten months for drug trafficking was caught on Saturday during visiting hours disguised as his 14 year old daughter, Ana Gabriele Leandro da Silva. Clauvino da Silver, was wearing a silicone mask, wig, bra, tight pink t-shirt, jeans and flip … More Brazil Drug Trafficker Attempts Prison Escape Disguised as his Daughter