August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
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 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by G. Redd
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a political prisoner, calling for the country to end the death penalty. Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani was arrested in 2008 for supporting western media, found guilty of enmity against God and sentenced to six ...[read more]
June 5, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Mexican government has published new sentencing guidelines that will double prison sentences for kidnapping crimes. This increases the minimum sentence for such crimes from 20 to 40 years, and the maximum from 50 to 140 years for those who kill their victims. Other factors that affect sentence ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other ...[read more]
May 22, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Palestinian court on Wednesday announced that Mohammed Dahlan, leading rival of President Mahmoud Abbas, has been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison, which is likely to hinder his ability to garner a leadership position in the future. Dahlan, a former Palestinian security chief, was ...[read more]
May 19, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 169 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on charges relating to the violence following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi last year. The men had been charged with "illegal gathering" last August but will now be released from prison. The acquittals represent a ...[read more]
April 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding its criteria for recommending clemency to federal prisoners convicted of certain drug crimes. Holder's announcement recapped the Fair Sentencing Act (FSA) that President Barack Obama signed into law ...[read more]

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