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

Calls For Drug Scanners to be Introduced in Devon’s Prisons

Devon’s crime czar has backed calls to crack down on drugs in prisons by introducing airport-style security and mobile phone jamming. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said she wanted to see more thorough searches and body scanners introduced at HMP Exeter, Channings Wood and Dartmoor, so inmates had the best chance of getting clean … More Calls For Drug Scanners to be Introduced in Devon’s Prisons

Nottingham Prison Annual Report Highlights, Self Harm, Illegal Drugs, Mental Health Problems and Issues over Safety of Prisoners and Staff

IMB – Independent Monitoring Board UK The Board welcomes improvements from the very restricted regime which was in place last year and improvements in access for prisoners to phone calls. However, the Board is particularly concerned by: Inconsistencies in the application of rules and access to resources, which are unfair and destabilising because of the … More Nottingham Prison Annual Report Highlights, Self Harm, Illegal Drugs, Mental Health Problems and Issues over Safety of Prisoners and Staff