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Alleged Christchurch gunman sends letter from prison cell
New Zealand officials admitted they made a big mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell.
Saudi Arabia extends top dissident cleric’s prison sentence for 4 more years
Saudi authorities have extended the prison sentence of a renowned dissident cleric by four more years, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals continues in the country.
Dissident cleric dies because of ‘medical negligence’ in Saudi prison
A dissident Saudi cleric has reportedly died of health complications he developed in the kingdom’s jails due to “medical negligence,” as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals continues in the country.
Incarceration, falling incomes fueled US opioid crisis: Study
The rapid expansion of the prison population in the United States over the past four-decades may have helped fuel America’s deadly drug epidemic, a new study suggests.
Bahraini courts give prison sentences to 139 more activists
A Bahraini court has handed down prison sentences to 139 activists and stripped almost all of them of their nationality in a mass trial, which was quickly denounced by rights groups as a tool of repression in the hands of the ruling Al Khalifah regime against dissidents.
Bahraini court gives prison sentences to nearly 170 political dissidents
A court in Bahrain has handed down prison sentences to 167 anti-regime protesters as the ruling Al Khalifah regime does not shy away from its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
Minister: Malaysia’s Putrajaya aims to reduce prison population, not build more jails
The Malaysian government wants to lower convict numbers instead of building more prisons to accommodate them, said the minister of law in the Prime Minister's Department.
California man who spent 39 years in prison gets $21 million
A man in the US state of California who spent nearly 40 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit has reached a $21 million settlement with the city of Simi Valley.
Ex-Israeli minister to get 11 years in prison over spying for Iran
Under a plea bargain with prosecutors, ex-Israeli energy minister Gonen Segev accused of spying for Iran has agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges against him and serve a prison term of over a decade.
British prison praised for installing photo-booth for inmates, visitors
A prison in England was praised by inspectors for installing a photo-booth so inmates can take pictures with family members, amid evidence that bolstering personal relationships can reduce the likelihood of reoffending.
Israel sentences Palestinian teen to 35 years in prison over alleged stabbing attack
An Israeli court has sentenced a Palestinian teenage boy to 35 years in prison on the allegation of carrying out a stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank.
Pepper spray used in nonviolent situations in prison pilot
A pepper spray intended for use on violent prisoners in England and Wales has been approved despite being used in nonviolent incidents more than a third of the time in a recent trial, contravening official guidance, the Guardian learned.
Rise in prison suicides in UK prompts calls to tackle overcrowding
The number of suicides among prisoners in the UK this year has already exceeded 2017’s death toll, prompting penal reform campaigners to renew calls for urgent action to tackle overcrowding.

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