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

New Guidelines Issued for Prisons and Detention Centres in the UK

The UK Ministry of Justice together with Public Health England have issued updated guidelines regarding COVID-19: in prisons and other prescribed places of detention guidance. This guidance will assist healthcare staff and custodial and detention staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) in prescribed places of detention (PPDs). The following establishments in England are included within the … More New Guidelines Issued for Prisons and Detention Centres in the UK

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

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

Employment Hotline Opens for Offenders in Scotland’s Largest Prison

Prisoners in Scotland’s largest prison are to receive enhanced employment support in a bid to reduce re-offending rates in Scotland. Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince announced recently, during a visit to HM Prison Barlinnie, that it is the latest prison to take part in a scheme where those close to release are to be … More Employment Hotline Opens for Offenders in Scotland’s Largest Prison

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

ICPA Staff Training and Development Network honoured with Prestigious Award

In December 2019, Gary Hill and Dorin Muresan, experts from the ICPA Staff Training and Development Network, were awarded a Cross “For Merit” II rank. The award, issued by the National Administration of Penitentiaries of the Republic of Moldova (ANP), recognises their contribution to the prosperity of the system of the penitentiary administration and the … More ICPA Staff Training and Development Network honoured with Prestigious Award