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

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 Consultancy Service Tenders – Closing Soon

Three Council of Europe consultancy services tenders are closing soon; 1. Consultancy services in the areas of management, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent and extremist prisoners in the Western Balkans region – Deadline for applications; 15th July 2019 2. Consultancy services in the areas of penitentiary, police, probation, psychiatric and social care institutions and project … More Council of Europe Consultancy Service Tenders – Closing Soon

Investigation After Leaked Phone Footage of Drugs In South African Prison

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa, Ronald Lamola has ordered an immediate investigation into Durban’s Westville Correction Facility after videos taken on mobile phones appeared on social media showing inmates indulging in drugs and in possession of weapons. The two videos were leaked on Monday 24th June, following news … More Investigation After Leaked Phone Footage of Drugs In South African Prison

PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons

Four Police and Crime Commissioners in the West Midlands,  are presenting to the UK Government a hard-hitting six-month study into crime in prisons after months of research and multi-agency work. The in-depth look at crime behind bars also presents a future plan for straightforward solutions to tackle criminality across the prisons estate. Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Commissioner … More PCC’s Present Plan to UK Government to Tackle Organised Crime in Prisons

New Search Teams to Disrupt and Deter Violence in UK Prisons

UK Justice Secretary, David Gauke,  announced specialist search teams to be rolled out across the country with more than 100 officers being recruited. Teams will work in prisons to combat drugs, drones and mobiles Roll-out will cost £4.3 million and is the latest step in £70 million plan to combat gangs and organised crime in … More New Search Teams to Disrupt and Deter Violence in UK Prisons

Brazilian Criminals Knitting Their Way to Freedom

Knitting their way to freedom, the maximum security prisoners who get a day off their sentence for every three days they work for luxury fashion label. Poring over their fine-quality crochet, the prisoners of Brazil’s Arisvaldo de Campos Pires maximum security penitentiary are a model of concentration. And it’s no wonder, when you consider what’s … More Brazilian Criminals Knitting Their Way to Freedom