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

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

DOJ OIG Releases Management Advisory Memorandum of Concerns Identified During Mock Exercises by Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Operations Response Teams

Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today the release of a Management Advisory Memorandum to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) identifying concerns with the handling of mock exercises by the BOP Special Operations Response Teams (SORT). This memorandum arises out of concerns identified in connection with two … More DOJ OIG Releases Management Advisory Memorandum of Concerns Identified During Mock Exercises by Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Operations Response Teams

Drugs Discovered in Multiple Mail Packages in New York Correctional Facilities

Drugs continue to be seized at a rapid pace from inmate mail as staff discover them during processing in the mailroom. At Willard Correctional Facility, a drug treatment campus for inmates, staff discovered Suboxone, a prescription drug to treat opioid addiction, in six mailed letters between Monday, May 4 and Monday, May 18. In most … More Drugs Discovered in Multiple Mail Packages in New York Correctional Facilities

Four Women Charged with Smuggling Contraband and Possession Of Controlled Substances At The Pinellas County Jail

In the USA, Detectives assigned to the Detention Investigations Unit have charged four women involved in introducing contraband and possession of controlled substances at the Pinellas County Jail.   On April 17, 2020, a letter was received at the Pinellas County Jail, which was addressed to 31-year-old inmate Danielle Tufano. Upon examination of the letter, it … More Four Women Charged with Smuggling Contraband and Possession Of Controlled Substances At The Pinellas County Jail

Call for Inmates To Be Released After COVID-19 Outbreak in Eastern Cape Prisons

In an open letter sent to the President of the Republic of South Africa, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, and other governmental and correctional bodies, the Detention Justice Forum (DJF) listed their recommendations of precautionary measures to be implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis to protect the health and safety of … More Call for Inmates To Be Released After COVID-19 Outbreak in Eastern Cape Prisons

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

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

A State of Emergency Declared in Honduras Prisons

The Executive Branch of the Honduran Government declared a state of emergency in the Honduras prison system on Tuesday 17.12.19 after the existing administration, the National Penitentiary Institute had not been able to stop a series of violent events that occurred over recent days. The Defence Minister, Fredy Diaz, said that all prisons will now … More A State of Emergency Declared in Honduras Prisons

Prison Drug Treatment Program Proposed

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites that more than 72,000 people die of fatal drug overdoses every year in the United States. Many of these deaths are preventable. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) – also known as Medication Assisted Recovery – using Methadone, Buprenorphine, or Naltrexone is one of the most effective ways … More Prison Drug Treatment Program Proposed