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May 2004 Archives (International News)

6th May 2004

Open Detention Facilities to Stop Torture, says Human Rights Watch

The U.S. government should allow human rights organizations to monitor detention facilities in Iraq and elsewhere in order to bring a stop to the mistreatment of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today. Read more

8th May 2004

"Mistreatment of Prisoners Is Called Routine in U.S." by Fox Butterfield, New York Times

Physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, similar to what has been uncovered in Iraq, takes place in American prisons with little public knowledge or concern, according to corrections officials, inmates and human rights advocates. Read more

11th May 2004

"Arizona Prison Crisis: A Call for Smart on Crime Solutions", by Families Against Mandatory Minimums

In an in-depth analysis of the impact of Arizona's sentencing laws finds that the state's rigid mandatory sentencing laws fill prison cells and cost millions while doing little to enhance public safety. Read more

23rd May 2004

SPACE I: Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics - Survey 2002

Comprehensive data on prison populations, incarceration rates, etc. Prepared by Marcelo F. Aebi, University of Seville and University of Lausanne for the Council of Europe. Read more