May 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are ...[read more]
May 3, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern Friday over actions by Burundi authorities ahead of its upcoming presidential elections. OHCHR Spokesman Rupert Colville noted in particular the detention of hundreds of people in overcrowded prisons, the use of live ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture on Thursday criticized Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez on Thursday outlined the substantial progress Georgia has made in eliminating torture and poor conditions in their prisons. But Mr. Méndez stressed that further changes still must be made. According to the report, Georgia's prison system has ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, won a contentious judgment in the UK High Court on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and other places of high prisoner traffic. ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Rights group Equal Justice Under Law filed suit Fridays against the cities of Ferguson and Jennings, Missouri, for their practice of jailing citizens who fail to pay debts owed to the city for minor offenses and traffic tickets. The group alleges poor citizens are being unfairly imprisoned for ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A prosecutor on Thursday argued that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the ...[read more]
December 6, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The High Court of Justice of England and Wales has declared that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners in England is unlawful. Current rules prevent prisoners from receiving parcels unless there are exceptional circumstances such as a medical condition. Justice Collins called the ban ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by William Helbling
The United Nations (UN) on Saturday reported that special rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Mendez were blocked from completing a torture and killing investigation in Gambia. The investigation was lead by the two UN experts to assess the practice of the right to life laws of Gambia and to ...[read more]

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