Anti-Torture Committee Urges Moldova To End Persistent Inter-Prisoner Violence and Intimidation

The Republic of Moldova should take resolute action to put an end to inter-prisoner violence and intimidation largely linked to informal hierarchies in the country’s prisons, says the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in a recently published report. In the report, based on a visit to the country from 28 January … More Anti-Torture Committee Urges Moldova To End Persistent Inter-Prisoner Violence and Intimidation

New UK Prison to Create Jobs and Boost Economy

Hundreds of jobs will be created as construction work on a new £286 million prison in Leicestershire gets underway, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today (2 September 2020). Work will now begin on a category C resettlement prison at the shovel-ready site, previously the location of HMP Glen Parva, after the government signed a contract … More New UK Prison to Create Jobs and Boost Economy

Madagascar: 22 Inmates Killed During Mass Escape

Responding to news that Malagasy security forces killed 22 inmates escaping from Farafangana prison in the south-east of the country, Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa said: “‘This is an appalling attack on the right to life, which shows that the Malagasy government continues to neglect detainees’ lives. We have … More Madagascar: 22 Inmates Killed During Mass Escape

Drugs Seized at Mid‐State Correctional Facility Six Ounces of Synthetic Marijuana Recovered

New York, USA – Officers recovered synthetic marijuana and Suboxone in five mailed packages sent to inmates at the medium-security correctional facility. On Monday, June 29, an officer processing snacks mailed to an inmate noticed the packages had been tampered with. Upon opening the packages, the officer found a green leafy substance mixed in the … More Drugs Seized at Mid‐State Correctional Facility Six Ounces of Synthetic Marijuana Recovered

IPS Encourage Families Not To Smuggle Drugs Into Prisons As Physical Visits Finally Resume.

As the Irish Prison Service (IPS) opens its doors once again to visitors, there is a “new” normal that visitors will have to get used to. Since a ban on physical visits was imposed in March, IPS prisons have not only been free of Covid-19 but have shown a severely decreased volume of drugs being … More IPS Encourage Families Not To Smuggle Drugs Into Prisons As Physical Visits Finally Resume.

MD of Ex-Offender Employment Company Named On This Year’s Churchill Fellowship List

Jacob Hill, Yorkshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the year, Ex-prisoner and founder of Offploy – an organisation that supports people with criminal convictions to secure employment has been named as one of 141 Fellows to receive the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2020. The Winston Churchill Fellowship was set up after the death of Sir Winston Churchill, … More MD of Ex-Offender Employment Company Named On This Year’s Churchill Fellowship List

New French Minister of Justice Visits Troubled Prison

The handover ceremony (Cérémonie de passation de pouvoir) between Nicole Belloubet and Éric Dupond-Moretti, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice, took place on July 7, 2020 on the steps of the Hôtel de Bourvallais, seat of the Chancellery.   Nicole Belloubet welcomed the new Keeper of the Seals (Garde des Sceaux) by saying “This will … More New French Minister of Justice Visits Troubled Prison

Revised European Prison Rules: New Guidance to Prison Services on Humane Treatment of Inmates

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation which updates the 2006 European Prison Rules. The rules, which contain the key legal standards and principles related to prison management, staff and treatment of detainees and are a global reference in this field, guide the 47 Council of Europe member states in their legislation, policies and practices. The revision concerns the rules … More Revised European Prison Rules: New Guidance to Prison Services on Humane Treatment of Inmates

Independent Monitors at HMP Highpoint Raise Concerns About Drugs Coming Into the Prison

The Board recognises the pro-active approach to stopping supplies In its 2019 annual report published this week, the IMB (Independent Monitoring Boards) at HMP Highpoint notes that on the whole prisoners receive fair treatment at Highpoint and through its leadership the prison has a strong commitment towards the humane treatment of men in its care and … More Independent Monitors at HMP Highpoint Raise Concerns About Drugs Coming Into the Prison

Ontario Investing in Frontline Corrections Workers

Hiring More Staff and Updating Infrastructure Will Improve Safety The Ontario government is investing more than $500 million over five years to transform correctional facilities across the province. This funding will help ensure the safety and security of frontline staff. This major investment will support the hiring of more than 500 new staff to help … More Ontario Investing in Frontline Corrections Workers