Colombia Mass Prison Riots Over COVID-19 Fears

Riots that broke out in 13 prisons throughout Colombia on Saturday (21.3.2020)  left at least 23 people killed and 91 injured in Bogota‘s La Modelo prison alone, according to the government. The violence broke out over inmates’ fears that overcrowding and substandard hygiene put them at elevated risk of infection of the coronavirus. The Ombudsman, … More Colombia Mass Prison Riots Over COVID-19 Fears

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

10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Violence and drug use at some of the UK’s most challenging prisons in England and Wales have fallen following a trailblazing year-long programme, Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced today (22 August 2019).  The 10 Prisons Project was a ground-breaking attempt to turn around some of the most difficult jails through enhanced security, strong leadership … More 10 Prisons Project Sees Drops in Violence and Drugs

Prison Gangs, Violence and Contraband still a Major Problem – Prison Officers Association

Jim Mitchell, Deputy General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association, speaking at their Annual Delegate Conference in Sligo this week said, “The numbers, motivation and behaviour of prison gangs within our prisons is a major concern for individual prison officers and this association. In our major prisons, in particular, individual prison officers must deal with threats … More Prison Gangs, Violence and Contraband still a Major Problem – Prison Officers Association

Brazil’s prison system at breaking point

The prison system in Brazil is at breaking point with 249,000 more prisoners currently detained than the system can officially accommodate. Riots and escapes are an almost daily occurrence, with news of brutality beyond compare being shown through the global press and social media. Ancient and run down prisons built to house a few hundred … More Brazil’s prison system at breaking point