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Haiti's crowded prisons a coronavirus catastrophe waiting to happen

Port-au-prince - Imagine the struggle of containing the coronavirus if it hits Haiti's hellish prison system, the world's most overcrowded, where filthy, sometimes windowless cells meant to house 20 people are teeming with up to 80, unable to even go outside for fresh ...

Prisoners dread virus outbreak in race against time

Jakarta - Sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on the floor of a crumbling, windowless room, prisoners in Indonesia fear an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus inside its walls is a "disaster waiting to happen".

Campaigners urge Russia to release prisoners, as virus spreads

Moscow - Rights campaigners are urging the Russian government to consider releasing some pre-trial detainees and prisoners held in the country's packed jails, warning of the "devastating consequences" of the coronavirus pandemic.

US to free some prisoners amid coronavirus threat

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday he had instructed federal prisons to free some inmates to lessen the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

Riot in Colombia prison over virus fears leaves 23 dead

Apo - Rioting that swept through a crowded prison overnight in the Colombian capital Bogota left 23 inmates dead Sunday amid rising tensions over the spread of the coronavirus in the penitentiary system.

Italy must release inmates to fight virus in prison: rights group

Rome - Italy should release more than 10,000 inmates from its overcrowded prisons, a watchdog group urged on Wednesday, as the government scrambles to fight the spread of coronavirus behind bars.

Brazil recaptures inmates who escaped in COVID-19 riot

S - Brazilian authorities said Tuesday they had recaptured 586 inmates who escaped from their minimum-security prisons after their right to leave on temporary furloughs was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazil recaptures inmates who escaped in COVID-19 row

S - Brazilian authorities said Tuesday they had recaptured 444 inmates who escaped from their minimum-security prisons after their right to leave on temporary furloughs was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 Years in landmark #MeToo case

Disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. The announcement was made on Wednesday morning.

Jailed UK-Iranian woman fears she has coronavirus: husband

London - Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran, believes she has contracted the new coronavirus as Iran struggles to contain a surge in new cases, her husband said on Saturday.

In the US, leftist local prosecutors make inroads

Arlington - On the national level, President Donald Trump is appointing judges by the dozens to positions on US federal courts, ensuring a conservative tilt for a generation.

Russian ex-prison official commits suicide in court

Moscow - A former top official in the Russian prison service shot and killed himself in a Moscow court on Wednesday shortly after being jailed for extortion, a court spokeswoman said.

European rights court faults France for prison overcrowding

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros in damages to dozens of inmates after ruling that authorities had not taken sufficient measures to end prison overcrowding.

European rights court faults France for prison overcrowding

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros in damages to dozens of inmates after ruling that authorities had not taken sufficient measures to end prison overcrowding.

Putin to meet mother of US-Israeli woman jailed in Russia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet with the mother of a US-Israeli woman jailed in Moscow on drug charges, a Kremlin aide said Wednesday, as the case has led to protests in Israel.

Charity brands number of UK prison deaths 'national scandal'

London - The death toll in British prisons is "a national scandal", a pressure group said on Wednesday, calling for a reduction in inmate numbers just as the government is promising tougher sentences.

Nearly 80 'highly dangerous' inmates escape Paraguay prison

Asunci - Nearly 80 prisoners, many of them members of a Brazilian drug- and arms-trafficking gang and described as "highly dangerous," have escaped from a Paraguayan prison near the border, police said.

Switzerland grapples with assisted suicide for prisoners

Geneva - A request by a convict behind bars for life is testing Switzerland's support for assisted suicide, raising complex questions over whether ill prisoners can seek help to end their own lives.

US state sacks prison guard trainees for Nazi salute

Washington - Thirty apprentice prison officers in the eastern United States will be fired for making a Nazi salute in a group photo, the state governor said on Monday.

Ex-inmate hits back at China 'lies' over prison labour row

London - The Briton who made public a message in a Christmas card claiming to be from Chinese prisoners involved in forced labour on Monday dismissed Beijing's denial as "lies".

China denies allegations of forced labour at Shanghai prison

Bejing - China Monday denied allegations that prisoners were being used for forced labour, after a British newspaper reported that a London schoolgirl found a message in a Christmas card claiming to be from inmates at Shanghai's Qingpu Prison.

China denies allegations of forced labour at Shanghai prison

Bejing - China Monday denied allegations that prisoners were being used for forced labour, after a British newspaper reported that a London schoolgirl found a message in a Christmas card claiming to be from inmates at Shanghai's Qingpu Prison.

Prison clashes leave 36 dead in Honduras

Tegucigalpa - At least 36 people were killed in weekend clashes in Honduran prisons as the military and police try to regain control after a spate of murders linked to the criminal gangs plaguing the country.

At least 18 prisoners dead in clash at Honduras jail

Tegucigalpa - At least 18 inmates died and 16 were injured in overnight clashes between prisoners in Honduras after fighting erupted at a jail in the northern port town of Tela, prison officials said Saturday.

On parole, foreign ex-convicts battle to survive in Brazil

S - When South African drug mule Thandi was freed from a Rio de Janeiro jail in June, she had no money and nowhere to go -- until a Brazilian policeman agreed to help her, for a price."The police officer offered me...

French jihadist gets 28 years for prison attack

Paris - A Paris court on Friday sentenced a jailed Islamist radical to 28 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of two prison wardens in September 2016, the first jihadist attack in a French prison.

Bursting at the seams: inside an IS prison in Syria

Tanriverdi - Behind the steel door, the cell is as packed as their eyes are empty -- haggard, scrawny prisoners in orange jumpsuits lying head-to-toe cover every inch of floor space.

'Russians don't surrender': 'agent' Maria Butina arrives in Moscow

Moscow - Maria Butina clutched bouquets of flowers and exclaimed that "Russians don't surrender" as she arrived in Moscow on Saturday after serving nine months in a US jail for acting as a Russian government agent.

Russian 'agent' Maria Butina to be released from US prison

Washington - Maria Butina, the red-headed gun advocate from Russia who built a network of high-level Republican contacts before being arrested for spying, is expected to return to her country after her Friday release from a Florida prison.

Haiti's dicey prison conditions made worse by crisis

Port-au-prince - With protests rocking the streets, some prison authorities in Haiti have confined inmates to cells that lack showers or toilets, in a country where most detainees are stuck awaiting trial for months or even years.
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