Court: Hungary must take action against prison overcrowding

Following a judgement today, the European Court of Human Rights revealed that it has some 450 applications pending against Hungary concerning complaints about inadequate conditions of detention.

Bulgaria: Whole life prisoner wants human rights sanction for strict regime

The case concerns the strict prison regime, involving isolation, of life prisoner Halil Adem Hasan.

Podcast: Is solitary confinement a key to curbing jail radicalisation and jihadi murders?

Oxford University academic Dr Sharon Shalev, fears that terrorist acts committed by former prisoners have encouraged politicians to see isolation as an effective means of preventing the spread of islamism.

Report: Annual European prison statistics

According to today’s report, Georgia has cut its jail population by more than 60 per cent. The number of inmates in Turkey’s prisons rose by 12% over the same period, the largest increase across the region.

Court judgements to spotlight psychiatric detention for public safety

Next week, decisions on complaints from Belgium and Netherlands will place the spotlight on the issue of psychiatric detention in the interest of public safety.