In Response to COVID-19 UNODC in Lebanon Acts to Protect the Most Vulnerable in Prisons

In response to the growing health concerns posed by COVID-19, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa launched an awareness-raising campaign for the juvenile wing in Roumieh Prison, the Moubadara facility for girls and the Barbar Khazen Prison for women in Beirut. The uncertainty … More In Response to COVID-19 UNODC in Lebanon Acts to Protect the Most Vulnerable in Prisons

Colombia Mass Prison Riots Over COVID-19 Fears

Riots that broke out in 13 prisons throughout Colombia on Saturday (21.3.2020)  left at least 23 people killed and 91 injured in Bogota‘s La Modelo prison alone, according to the government. The violence broke out over inmates’ fears that overcrowding and substandard hygiene put them at elevated risk of infection of the coronavirus. The Ombudsman, … More Colombia Mass Prison Riots Over COVID-19 Fears

Coronavirus: Healthcare and Human Rights of People in Prison

Penal Reform International briefing note issued on 16 March 2020 on the situation of the outbreak of a novel form of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevention measures in prisons and wider impacts of responses to governments on people in criminal justice systems. As the COVID-19 pandemic affects more people in an ever-increasing list of countries, Penal Reform … More Coronavirus: Healthcare and Human Rights of People in Prison

Prison Visitor Jailed for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Berwyn

A woman has been jailed after she was caught smuggling drugs worth thousands of pounds into HMP Berwyn, the largest prison in England and Wales and the 2nd largest in Europe.  Berwyn prison opened in February 2017 and is a  smoke-free closed rehabilitation establishment which holds 2,106 category C men.   The woman was intercepted by … More Prison Visitor Jailed for Smuggling Drugs into HMP Berwyn

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Introduce ‘Inspect 2 Protect’ Program

For the safety of everyone who spends any time in a secure Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facility – offenders, visitors and staff – TDCJ’s contraband policy is changing to help keep our prisons safe for all. The Inspect 2 Protect program introduces new regulations for offender mail, revises canine and personal search procedures … More Texas Department of Criminal Justice Introduce ‘Inspect 2 Protect’ Program

New Support Plan to Improve UK Jails

A new intensive support programme will help challenging jails to improve safety and rehabilitation, UK Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer announced today. The Prison Performance Support Programme (PPSP) replaces Special Measures and will offer a significant package of tailored support managed from a dedicated operations room. HMP Wormwood Scrubs, Bedford and Feltham among first to benefit … More New Support Plan to Improve UK Jails

Contraband Seized at Correctional Facility Calls for Secure Vendor Program

February 25, 2020, Ogdensburg, NY –As contraband continues to flow into correctional facilities across the state,  New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) was joined by Assemblyman Mark Walczyk in calling on New York State Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to implement the Secure Vendor Program to stem the flow of drugs … More Contraband Seized at Correctional Facility Calls for Secure Vendor Program

Prisoner Caught Smuggling Cellphones and SIM Cards in Abdomen

A Palestinian Security Prisoner was caught attempting to smuggle 11 cellphones and 15 SIM cards into Megiddo Prison, Northern Israel – in his abdomen. On Sunday 16th February, guards grew suspicious of one prisoner during the intake process of accepting new prisoners.  The prisoner was passed through a metal detector, which confirmed he had foreign … More Prisoner Caught Smuggling Cellphones and SIM Cards in Abdomen

ECHR Publish Updated Guide on Prisoners’ Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has published an updated “Guide on the case-law of the European Convention on Human Rights, Prisoners’ rights.” This Guide is part of the series of Case-Law Guides published by the European Court of Human Rights to inform legal practitioners about the fundamental judgments and decisions delivered by the … More ECHR Publish Updated Guide on Prisoners’ Rights

Minister of Justice Confirms 75 escapees From Pedro Juan Caballero Penitentiary

Paraguay  –  The Minister of Justice, Cecilia Pérez, clarified that 75 inmates escaped at dawn this Sunday (19.01.2020) from the Pedro Juan Caballero Penitentiary. Reinforcements of military and police forces are being deployed in that area of ​​the country and an investigation has already been opened by the institution and the Public Ministry. “From now … More Minister of Justice Confirms 75 escapees From Pedro Juan Caballero Penitentiary