July 18, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced support for a proposal that could reduce the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders in federal prisons. Attorney General Eric Holder requested that the proposed law be applied retroactively to felons who lacked significant criminal histories and ...[read more]
June 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas released a report Tuesday exposing the results of a multi-year investigation into conditions at five Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons in Texas. There are 13 CAR prisons in the US—privately run prisons that house only non-ci... ...[read more]
February 13, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing marijuana. The constitutional court declared the law illegitimate without further elaboration. The cannabis law was blamed for causing Italian prison overcrowding, and an ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Cynthia Miley
A panel of three federal judges in California on Monday granted the state an extension until February 28, 2016, to reduce overcrowding in its massive prison system. The California prison system currently houses about 120,000 inmates but is only designed to hold about 80,000. Included in the order ...[read more]
August 8, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a measure to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offenses. In January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Italy to address the problem within a year, ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June ...[read more]
May 15, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
California Governor Jerry Brown and various state prison officials on Monday filed a notice of appeal to the US Supreme Court from an April order requiring the governor to reduce California's prison population. In their April order, a panel of federal judges refused to vacate or modify their 2010 ...[read more]
May 3, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On May 3, 2007, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill with bipartisan support that designated $7.7 billion to remedy the state's overcrowded prisons. The Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 attempted to streamline the prison infrastructure system ...[read more]
February 19, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On February 19, 2007, Rwandan officials released 8,000 prisoners implicated in the country's 1994 genocide. Rwanda ordered the mass release to address prison overcrowding and to facilitate reconciliation. Officials stressed that no genocide masterminds were set free. Human rights groups denounced ...[read more]

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