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

Four New Prisons Boost Rehabilitation and Support UK Economy

Four new prisons are to be built across England over the next six years – boosting efforts to cut crime and kickstart the economy. The first new jail will be built next to HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, and work is underway to identify locations for a further prison in the North-West of England … More Four New Prisons Boost Rehabilitation and Support UK Economy

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

Prison Estate in UK Expanded to Protect NHS From Coronavirus Risk

Across the estate Prisons are moving towards single-cell accommodation, as much as possible, to limit the spread of infection and the number of deaths. The first wave of 500 temporary cells to be installed at prisons Extra prison space will limit the spread of Coronavirus in jails Builds on Government’s action to protect staff, prisoners … More Prison Estate in UK Expanded to Protect NHS From Coronavirus Risk

Extension of Peter Clarke’s tenure as UK HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

The UK Secretary of State has announced an extension of up to six months to Peter Clarke’s term of office as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, commencing 1 May 2020. A campaign to recruit a new Chief Inspector has concluded without an appointment, and a new campaign will be run. Mr Clarke’s extension will … More Extension of Peter Clarke’s tenure as UK HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Protecting Prisoners, Prison Staff and Visitors from COVID-19

The world is currently facing an unprecedented challenge in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The World Health Organization’s prevention advice is simple; wash your hands, cough into your elbow, avoid touching your face, distance yourself at least one and a half metres from another person and if you feel unwell, stay at home. Above … More Protecting Prisoners, Prison Staff and Visitors from COVID-19

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