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Amnesty denounces 'appalling abuse' in Syrian jails

Birut - Syrian authorities are committing torture on a "massive scale" in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Prison overcrowding highlights swamped justice in Central America

Sansalvador - Central America's relentless struggle with gangs and street crime has created a worrying consequence: prisons so overcrowded they serve more as schools for felons than institutions for rehabilitation, according to experts.

10 dead in suspected jailbreak in Philippines

Manila - Ten prisoners in the Philippines were killed when a suspected jailbreak and attempt to kidnap the warden went wrong in a Manila suburb, authorities said Friday.

Enterprising Uruguayan inmates make bricks, pizzas

Montevideo - Alvaro Brusti had never worked in his life before he wound up behind bars for armed robbery.Now after five years inside, the 34-year-old is running his own company, in an unusual scheme at a Uruguayan jail.

Pistorius injured in prison fall, treated in hospital

Johanesburg - South African athlete and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has returned to his cell after being treated in hospital for injuries from a fall, prison officials said Sunday, as his brother denied claims he had deliberately hurt himself.

Brazilian drug lord turns jail cell into luxury suite

Asunci - Paraguayan authorities got a surprise when they raided a Brazilian drug lord's jail cell... and found a three-room luxury suite complete with library, kitchen, conference room and plasma TV.

Surgery on Noriega brain tumor postponed: doctor

Panama - Scheduled surgery on imprisoned former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to remove a benign brain tumor has been postponed because of the 82-year-old's frail health, his doctor told AFP.

Thirteen killed in Guatemala prison riot: authorities

Guatemala City - Thirteen people were killed on Monday in a prison riot in Guatemala, among them an ex-soldier imprisoned for killing a Roman Catholic bishop almost two decades ago, authorities said.

Panamanian ex-dictator set to undergo brain tumor surgery

Panama - Panama's imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega will undergo surgery next week for a benign brain tumor, his doctor said.Physician Eduardo Reyes told AFP on Friday the surgery is set for July 21 at the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City.

Experts urge action against HIV prison 'incubators'

Paris - Public health experts called Friday for far-reaching measures against prison "incubators" of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis.

10 prison inmates escape in Mexico beach resort Cancun

- Ten inmates escaped in Mexico's Caribbean beach resort of Cancun by jumping the prison wall, in the latest jailbreak to hit the country's scandal-plagued penitentiary system.

Mexico police, troops 'routinely' rape arrested women: Amnesty

- Mexico's police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday.

Three inmates escape during Mexico prison riot

Tlalnepantla - Three inmates escaped during a riot and fire at a prison outside Mexico City that left 10 prisoners and seven police officers injured, authorities said Tuesday.

Three dead in new clash at Mexican prison

Monterrey - Three inmates were killed after a gang ordered the assassination of one of them at a Mexican prison where 49 others died in a brawl in February, authorities said Thursday.

Two Russian prisoners, swapped for Ukrainian pilot, land in Moscow

Moscow - Two alleged Russian soldiers who were sentenced to 14 years in prison by Kiev for fighting alongside rebels in eastern Ukraine landed in Moscow on Wednesday in a swap for Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Russian television showed.

'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons

Birut - At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday.

Panama's ex-dictator Noriega has brain tumor: Doctor

Panama - Manuel Noriega, Panama's imprisoned former dictator ousted in a 1989 US invasion of his country, has a brain tumor needing surgery, his doctor, family and lawyer said on Thursday.

Belgian prisons 'like North Korea' as strike crisis hits

Forest - Belgium faces a growing crisis in its prisons, with the army called in to help and inmates stuck in their cells 24 hours a day as the government struggles to end a strike by prison staff.

Belgian army fills in for striking prison staff

Brussels - Belgium took the unprecedented step on Monday of mobilising the army to fill in for striking prison staff to ensure inmates are able to take showers, walks and proper meals.

Review: 'How to Prepare For Prison' is an intense tearjerker Special

Most people can't imagine what goes through someone's mind when they are facing a prison sentence. 'How to Prepare For Prison' follows three people who are in that exact situation.

Norway to appeal Breivik ruling for 'inhuman treatment'

Oslo - The Norwegian state will appeal an Oslo court ruling that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's solitary confinement in prison constitutes "inhuman" treatment, the government said on Tuesday.

Breivik prison conditions to remain unchanged for now: warden

Oslo - Prison conditions for Anders Behring Breivik will remain unchanged for now, the prison warden said Thursday, one day after a court ruled that Norway violated the mass murderer's human rights.

Mass murderer Breivik wins lawsuit over 'inhuman' treatment

Oslo - Norwegian mass murderer and self-proclaimed Nazi Anders Behring Breivik on Wednesday won his lawsuit against the state over his "inhuman" solitary confinement in prison.

Man facing 20 years for candy theft rejects offer to serve four

New Orleans - A repeat offender in New Orleans facing a minimum of 20 years in prison for allegedly stealing candy has turned down an offer from prosecutors that would have allowed him to serve just four years behind bars.

Paris, Brussels attacks suspects switch Belgian prisons

Brussels - Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and alleged accomplice Mohamed Abrini, who is also charged over the Brussels attacks, were moved to different jails in Belgium on Monday, prison officials said.

Mexican prisons overcrowded, run by inmates

- Dozens of Mexican prisons are overcrowded and run by inmates, with many sneaking televisions, cellphones and weapons into their cells, a human rights body said Tuesday.

Race and the death penalty in U.S. spotlight

Washington - Advocates for two African Americans on death row for murder are seeking a reprieve for both men on the grounds their trials were tainted by racial bias, taking their campaigns all the way to the US Supreme Court.

Peru prisoners launch fashion label behind bars

- Santos Arce Ramos is doing 18 years for aggravated robbery, but today he is carefully cutting organic cotton cloth in a workshop at San Pedro, a notorious prison in Peru's capital Lima.

El Salvador passes law cracking down on jailed gang bosses

Sansalvador - Lawmakers in El Salvador on Friday passed a law imposing heavy prison restrictions on convicted bosses of the violent gangs that have made the country one of the most dangerous in the world.

El Salvador mulls crackdown on jailed gang leaders

Sansalvador - Lawmakers in El Salvador on Thursday began examining a government bill to impose heavy restrictions on imprisoned leaders of violent gangs that have made the country one of the most dangerous in the world.
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