Prison http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24546/all en California governor seeks to lift court order on prison crowding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/california-governor-seeks-lift-court-order-prison-crowding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Greg Lucas</p> <p>SACRAMENTO, California, Jan 8 (Reuters) - California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown asked federal judges on Tuesday to lift a court order demanding further releases of state prisoners to reduce overcrowding, saying that such a move could harm public safety.</p> <p>Brown, who said the state had already "shaped up" on prisons, said he was striking a "middle path" that protects the public while saving state dollars better invested in education and other state functions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/california-governor-seeks-lift-court-order-prison-crowding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Health Hospitality Labor Law Penology Politics Prison Prisons in California Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:30:33 +0000 5731882 at http://www.globalpost.com Venezuela prison riot kills dozens, report says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/venezuela-prison-riot-kills-dozens-report-says <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CARACAS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - A jail riot in southwestern Venezuela killed dozens of people on Friday, local media reported, the latest incident in the ongoing crisis in the South American nation's crowded prisons.</p> <p>Violence broke out after news of an inspection to confiscate weapons at the Centro Occidental jail, Prisons Minister Iris Varela said in a statement, without providing a death toll.</p> <p>Local media reports say between 26 and 54 people were killed and dozens wounded.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/venezuela-prison-riot-kills-dozens-report-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Penology Prison Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:45:03 +0000 5739744 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Venezuela transfers inmates from prison after riot kills 58 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/update-1-venezuela-transfers-inmates-prison-after-riot-kills-58 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Armed gangs effectively controlled the prison -minister</p> <p>* Prison system a growing problem for government</p> <p>* Chavez has not been seen in public in seven weeks (Updates with official toll; adds quotes, details)</p> <p>By Girish Gupta</p> <p>URIBANA, Venezuela, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Venezuelan authorities transferred inmates out of a prison on Sunday following a bloody riot two days earlier that killed 58 people and again highlighted chaos in the country's jails.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/update-1-venezuela-transfers-inmates-prison-after-riot-kills-58" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crime Penology Prison Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:15:27 +0000 5740301 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia court cancels Pussy Riot punk's prison reprimands http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/russia-court-cancels-pussy-riot-punks-prison-reprimands <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Russian court on Friday ordered the cancellation of several formal reprimands issued to a jailed Pussy Riot member in a move her supporters hailed as a victory for the embattled punk band.</p> <p>Maria Alyokhina, who is serving a two-year sentence in a prison camp over a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's cathedral last year, went to court to contest reprimands meted out for transgressions including getting up late and being rude to prison staff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/russia-court-cancels-pussy-riot-punks-prison-reprimands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maria Alyokhina Prison Pussy Riot Reprimand Social Issues Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:31:10 +0000 5749914 at http://www.globalpost.com Indian prison guards foil tunnel escape plan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/indian-prison-guards-foil-tunnel-escape-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guards in western India have foiled an attempt by prisoners accused of deadly bombings to tunnel their way out of jail using food plates as tools, officials said on Monday.</p> <p>Authorities at Sabarmati prison found a six-metre (20-foot) tunnel behind one of the barracks housing 14 men accused of killing 57 people in a series of bombings in Gujarat's main commercial city of Ahmedabad in 2008.</p> <p>"When I asked the inmates of the barrack about the tunnel, three of them confessed they had dug it," P.C. Thakur, a police inspector general, told reporters in Ahmedabad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/indian-prison-guards-foil-tunnel-escape-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ahmedabad Indian Mujahideen Prison Social Issues War AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:32:07 +0000 5752508 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-U.S. guard sentenced for trying to pass secrets to China http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/ex-us-guard-sentenced-trying-pass-secrets-china <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lawrence Hurley</p> <p>WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - A former security guard at a U.S. consulate in China was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday for trying to pass secrets to the Chinese government.</p> <p>Federal prosecutors had sought to have Bryan Underwood sentenced to nearly twice as much time, but Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia noted that Underwood had not made contact with any Chinese officials, making it unclear how concrete his plans were.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130305/ex-us-guard-sentenced-trying-pass-secrets-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bryan Underwood Ellen Segal Huvelle Prison Underwood Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:00:13 +0000 5774111 at http://www.globalpost.com Alarming number of aboriginals in Canada's prisons -watchdog http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/alarming-number-aboriginals-canadas-prisons-watchdog <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By David Ljunggren OTTAWA, March 7 (Reuters) - The number of aboriginals in Canadian prisons is rising at an alarming rate, and the prison service is not taking care of indigenous inmates properly, an official watchdog said on Thursday. Howard Sapers, in charge of monitoring the Correctional Service of Canada, said in a special report that aboriginals made up 4 percent of Canada's population but 23 percent of inmates in federal jails. The aboriginal population of Canada's prisons has grown by 43 percent in the last five years alone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/alarming-number-aboriginals-canadas-prisons-watchdog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Health Howard Sapers Labor Prison Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:15:58 +0000 5776464 at http://www.globalpost.com 9 Killed in Brazil prison brawl http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130311/9-killed-brazil-prison-brawl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Brasilia, Mar 11 (EFE).- At least nine prisoners died and another 11 were injured in a brawl among inmates at a prison in the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceara, authorities said Monday.</p> <p>The riot apparently arose when several inmates got into arguments Sunday afternoon while their families were visiting, Maj. Marcelo Praciano, commander of the state prison guard corps, told the media.</p> <p>In the midst of the fighting, inmates set fire to a number of mattresses, Praciano said during a briefing to reporters at the prison in the suburbs of Fortaleza, capital of Ceara.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130311/9-killed-brazil-prison-brawl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Politics Prison Agencia EFE Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:30:46 +0000 5780094 at http://www.globalpost.com Dire overcrowding, use of force in Bulgaria jails: rights group http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/dire-overcrowding-use-force-bulgaria-jails-rights-group <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Drastic overcrowding, humiliating conditions and excessive use of force by prison wardens are part of daily life in Bulgaria's jails, a rights group said Tuesday.</p> <p>Compounding the problem, people without means have in some cases admitted to committing minor crimes in the European Union's poorest country just to spend the cold winter in jail.</p> <p>"To a great extent the prisons played the role of shelters for poverty-stricken people," the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee rights group said in a report, adding nearly 9,500 people were imprisoned at the end of 2012.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/dire-overcrowding-use-force-bulgaria-jails-rights-group" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Penology Prison AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:01:10 +0000 5794510 at http://www.globalpost.com Venezuela inmates open jailhouse nightclub: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/venezuela-inmates-open-jailhouse-nightclub-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Venezuelan inmates have opened their own nightclub and hosted friends and family at an inaugural bash complete with strippers and a light and sound show, a newspaper reported Saturday.</p> <p>The late-night party highlighted the plight of the crime-ridden country's overcrowded penal system, where criminals often use bribery and intimidation to exercise virtual control over the facilities built to incarcerate them.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130330/venezuela-inmates-open-jailhouse-nightclub-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Penology Politics Prison AFP Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:30:35 +0000 5797700 at http://www.globalpost.com 900 Weapons seized from inmates in Venezuela http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130408/900-weapons-seized-inmates-venezuela <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Caracas, Apr 8 (EFE).- Searches of Venezuela's prisons have led to the seizure of 900 weapons since July 2011, penal system Minister Iris Varela said Monday.</p> <p>Authorities have also arrested soldiers and police who were collaborating with "mafias that operate with less and less power" in the country's jails, Varela said before the ministers of defense, Adm. Diego Morelo, and of the interior, Gen. Nestor Reverol.</p> <p>Varela made the statement on the occasion of 679 guns being destroyed together with other arms confiscated from criminals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130408/900-weapons-seized-inmates-venezuela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Prison Agencia EFE Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:01:13 +0000 5805959 at http://www.globalpost.com Top French gangster in spectacular jailbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of France's most dangerous gangsters, known for brazen attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles, on Saturday blasted his way out of jail after taking several wardens hostage, officials said.</p> <p>Redoine Faid, who risked a heavy sentence over the 2010 death of a policewoman, used explosives to blast through five prison doors and break free in the northern town of Sequedin.</p> <p>Police and helicopters were trying to track the 40-year-old, who set fire to his getaway car in the south of the city of Lille before getting into a second vehicle.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Faid Parole Prison Redoine Faid AFP Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:01:05 +0000 5814835 at http://www.globalpost.com Top French gangster in spectacular jailbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of France's most dangerous gangsters, known for brazen attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles, on Saturday blasted his way out of jail after briefly taking several wardens hostage, officials said.</p> <p>Redoine Faid, who risked a heavy sentence over the 2010 death of a policewoman, used explosives to blast through five prison doors and break free in the northern town of Sequedin.</p> <p>Police and helicopters were trying to track the 40-year-old, who set fire to his getaway car in the south of the city of Lille before getting into a second vehicle.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Faid Prison Redoine Faid AFP Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:15:50 +0000 5814961 at http://www.globalpost.com Top French gangster in spectacular jailbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of France's most dangerous gangsters, known for brazen attacks on cash-in-transit vehicles, on Saturday blasted his way out of jail after briefly taking several wardens hostage, officials said.</p> <p>Redoine Faid, who risked a heavy sentence over the 2010 death of a policewoman, used explosives to blast through five prison doors and break free in the northern town of Sequedin.</p> <p>Police and helicopters were trying to track the 40-year-old, who set fire to his getaway car in the south of the city of Lille before getting into a second vehicle.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/top-french-gangster-spectacular-jailbreak-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Faid Prison Redoine Faid AFP Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:00:07 +0000 5815014 at http://www.globalpost.com France, Belgium hunt convict after explosive jailbreak http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/france-belgium-hunt-convict-after-explosive-jailbreak <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Police in France and Belgium were intensively searching Sunday for a dangerous convicted bank robber who dynamited his way out of a French prison on the weekend with the help of as-yet unidentified accomplices.</p> <p>A Europe-wide alert for the fugitive, 40-year-old Redoine Faid, is in effect, as is an Interpol bulletin, and France has set more than 100 investigators on his trail.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130414/france-belgium-hunt-convict-after-explosive-jailbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bank robbery Faid Prison Redoine Faid AFP Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:18:44 +0000 5815502 at http://www.globalpost.com