New report highlights Europe’s falling prison population

Jail overcrowding remains a problem for 15 European governments, despite falling prison populations. The number of people held in European prisons decreased by 6.8% from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE), published …

Greece: Anti-torture unit issues warnings over prison conditions and excessive police force

Today’s Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) report, also expresses concern at persistent over-crowding in the country’s jails, inadequate healthcare, inter prisoner violence and unsatisfactory care for juvenile prisoners.

Greece: Court awards €132,000 to HIV-positive inmates after prison hospital human rights breaches

The case concerned the conditions of detention of HIV-positive persons in the psychiatric wing of Korydallos Prison Hospital.

Russia: Court judgement on life prisoner regime

The European court ruling followed a complaint concerning from a life prisoner about various restrictions on family visits during ten years of his detention in a special regime correctional colony.

Romania: Conference to target strategic threat of prison radicalisation

Contributors will also examine whether and how opening prisons to outside agencies, private companies, civil society and the local communities could help to better prepare prisoners for release without undermining safety and security.