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Canadian court halves prison sentence of woman who killed abusive husband

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A Canadian court has halved the sentence of a woman who killed her husband, revisiting a controversial case that revealed the legal system’s “outdated thinking” of the realities of domestic abuse. In a 2-1 ruling rele...

Omicron wreaks havoc across California prison facilities as staff cases surge

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California prisons have reported a staggering rise in Covid cases among staff this month, as the highly contagious Omicron variant has sent infection cases surging across the US. Staff infections increased 212% in Ja...

The high-flyer who gave up her job to volunteer at Belmarsh prison

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On her first visit to HMP Belmarsh, Rona McCandlish got lost. The prison is in a sprawling, out-of-the-way 1990s estate in Thamesmead, south-east London. It was November 2018 and McCandlish was on her way to interview...

How did I survive care and prison? I was luckier than the sharp, funny kids I grew up with

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My first time at rock bottom came early. I was an infant when my mum fled with me and my brother to a refuge, to escape violence at home. This period of fear was brief, but it left an indelible mark. The chaos and tra...

106.5 FM: the prison radio station giving Texas men on death row a voice

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As soon as I drive past the East Tempe Church on the outskirts of Livingston, Texas, I can hear the laugh track on my radio. It’s from “Martin,” a three-decade-old television sitcom. The fictional Detroiters’ racy wis...

Denmark to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo to ease overcrowding

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Denmark plans to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo for inmates due to be deported at the end of their sentences, the Danish government announced. The project, which seeks to ease prison overcrowding, will also expand De...

Dozens killed in fire at overcrowded Burundi prison

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A massive fire ripped through an overcrowded prison in Burundi before dawn on Tuesday, killing dozens of inmates and seriously injuring many more, the country’s vice-president said. Many inmates were still sleeping at...

Banksy offers to raise £10m to buy Reading prison for art centre

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Banksy has offered to raise millions of pounds towards buying Reading prison, where Oscar Wilde was once held, so that it can be turned into an arts centre. The street artist has promised to match the jail’s £10m aski...

El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel Aispuro sentenced to three years in US prison

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Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of the imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been sentenced to three years in a US prison, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel. Before her sentenc...

Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor Terence Darrell Kelly moved to maximum-security prison

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The man charged with abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith will be transferred from Carnarvon to a maximum-security prison in Perth. Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, appeared briefly before a magistrate in Carnarvon on Thursda...

Family of vulnerable man found dead in Dorset prison demand reforms

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The family of a vulnerable prisoner found hanged in his cell have called for improvements in how inmates with mental health issues are looked after after an inquest jury concluded there was a string of failings in his...

Liverpool prison watchdog member suspended after drugs arrest

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A member of the watchdog that monitors conditions at HMP Liverpool has been suspended after allegedly bringing drugs and a mobile phone to a prisoner.The Guardian understands that the person, who sits on a board that ...

Children locked in rooms at youth prison up to 23 hours a day – report

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Children being held in a privately run prison have been locked in their rooms for up to 23 hours a day in uncomfortably hot conditions, according to a damning report by three inspectorates. Inspectors who arrived unan...

Agony of Ecuador’s brutal prison massacre endures for bereaved relatives

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It was in mid-morning when María Elena Villacís got a WhatsApp message from her brother Darwín, who was jailed in the Litoral penitentiary, a notorious prison in the coastal Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. “They’re star...

‘It feels like the start of something’: Reginald Dwayne Betts on his groundbreaking prison library project

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When Reginald Dwayne Betts fell in love with poetry as a young man, his reading options were limited. He could not spend aimless hours in the library, nor have access to boundless titles, nor browse shelves at will. C...

Prison guards, but not mother, get counselling after baby dies in cell

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A vulnerable 18-year-old whose baby died after her calls for help were ignored as she gave birth alone in a prison cell was not provided with bereavement support – but the prison guards who failed to get her medical a...

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