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NZ: Prison staff could wear cameras to reduce assaults

This is the first I’ve heard of this idea – staff wearing cameras.  I’m not sure if that’s a good idea or not – after all, if you want to beef up camera footage, wouldn’t you just make sure that there were no blind spots in the units?  Today’s cameras are pretty high tech and can capture detail down to what an officer is writing in a log book.

Read more about increased security measures in New Zealand’s jails here.

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El Salvador prison overcrowding creates horrific conditions in police station holding cells

From the article: “El Salvador’s prisons are wretched, overcrowded hellholes, among the worst in Latin America, but for William Romero Cartagena a trip to prison would be a step up in life. Romero is among 3,000 or so detainees currently housed in police station holding cells, unable to get remanded to one of the nation’s 19 prisons. The holding cells are even more crowded and ghastly than the prisons.”

Read more here.

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Bali: New correctional facility for drug convicts underway

I think it’s official: every country in the world has an overcrowded prison system.  Even Bali. 

Here’s what I don’t get, though.  They have 1,800 inmates total and nine prisons.  1,000 of those inmates are in one facility.  How are the rest overcrowded?  That’s only 200 inmates per prison (about the size of one prison block in Ohio).

In any case, the country is building a prison specifically to handle its drug offenders in an effort to reduce its overcrowding.

Good luck, I say, because the main lesson to learn from overcrowding is that if you build it, they will fill it.

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Romanian Communist-era prison chief charged with genocide

This guy.

From the article: “Prosecutors said in a statement that under his command prisoners were subjected to beatings, hunger, a lack of medical treatment and exposure to cold. Visinescu could face life in prison if convicted.”

He also just looks really scary.  Click the link and check it out.

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Prison break in Tunisia; at least 3 dozen at large

“CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that al Qaeda “actually announced a year ago that they were going to do this campaign of releasing prisoners from prison and they conducted something like seven prison assaults, a couple of which have been quite successful.”

Prison breaks.  The new frontier in terrorism.

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Thailand: Experts urge better inmate health care

“Overcrowding, insufficient staff at prison hospitals and delayed diagnosis and treatment are the major barriers to inmates receiving proper health care, [an expert] said. Dr Apinun said one of the prisons he visited had only one nurse and a physician available to treat more than 1,500 prisoners.”

Healthcare remains one of the most challenging aspects of any correctional system.  Unfortunately, most inmates coming off the streets have health issues that have been left untreated for a significant amount of time due to poor personal care.  Many inmates have multiple issues, including mental health issues that they may self “treat” through substance abuse.  Persons living in poverty – a big contributor to criminality – also have less access to quality healthcare, or less ability to pay for proper preventative care.  They come into the system, sometimes in a medical crisis, and then prison medical staff are challenged with treating them.  This is further complicated by the multi-layered correctional system in America, in which inmates coming off the streets go to county jails before they go to state prisons.  I have heard of many stories of inmates’ medication being stopped cold turkey simply because the jail did not want to let contraband medication through the door, did not want to pay for the medication, and did not have adequate healthcare staff to be able to evaluate the inmate in a timely manner.
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Bolivia: Inmate melee leaves 15 dead, 50 injured

From the article: “At least 15 inmates were killed, many in a fire, early Friday in a battle among inmates for control of part of an overcrowded maximum-security prison in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands, the national police chief said. Chief Alberto Aracena said at least seven of the 50 injured were in critical condition after the melee began with the explosion of a propane gas canister that triggered a fire at the Palmasola prison outside the regional capital of Santa Cruz.”

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UK: Five Prison Staff Suspended After Lee Rigby Murder Suspect Injured In Belmarsh

From the article: “Five members of prison staff have been suspended after Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth when he was restrained in jail. The 28-year-old was injured at high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Wednesday, where he is being held on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby.”

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UK: Prison will boost north Wales economy, first minister says

From the article: “North Wales is the Ministry of Justice’s preferred location for a 2,000-inmate new jail by 2017, ahead of London and north west England.  ‘It will bring opportunities to north Wales in terms of training and employment, in terms of construction and work within the prison, as well as the wider benefits to the whole region.'”

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Singapore: Inmate’s death: Prison officer pleads guilty

From the article: “The prosecution, recounting the incident of Sept 27, 2010, said [the deceased] – who was serving a jail sentence for rioting and theft – had to be restrained after he had kicked a prison warden in his abdomen at about 10.45am in Changi Prison. He was moved to a disciplinary housing unit and left alone on the ground in a “prone position” by officers under the supervision of Lim.”

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