International News

"Improving Our Health: Why is Canada lagging behind in establishing needle exchange programs in prisons?" 27th October 2004

Position paper from the Ontario Medical Association calls for the implementation prison syringe exchange programs across Ontario. Read more

"Addicted inmates may get needles" - BBC News 17th October 2004

Drug-using prisoners may be given clean needles under a scheme being considered by the Scottish Prison Service. Read more

Correctional Service Canada to undertake Safer Tattooing Practices Initiative 14th October 2004

From Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review, Volume 9, Number 2, August 2004. Published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Read more

U.S. Detained al-Qaeda Suspects "Disappeared", says Human Rights Watch 12th October 2004

At least 11 al-Qaeda suspects have "disappeared" in U.S. custody, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. U.S. officials are holding the detainees in undisclosed locations, where some have reportedly been tortured. Read more

"The human cost of zero tolerance" by Ronan Bennett, The Guardian 11th October 2004

Joseph Scholes was a disturbed 16-year-old with a history of self-harming. Lawyers, social workers and psychiatrists said he was a high suicide risk. So why was he sent to prison for a minor street crime? Read more

WHO Policy Brief: Reduction of HIV Transmission in Prisons 11th October 2004

Joint policy brief from the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime supports provision of syringe exchange, bleach, methadone and condoms in prisons. Read more

"Prison visits 'cut reoffending'" -- BBC News 4th October 2004

Supporting the families of prisoners could significantly cut crime, according to international research. Read more

"Plan to sell off juvenile jails as job lot" by Alan Travis, The Guardian 1st October 2004

The government is to put out to tender all its dedicated juvenile jails that hold children under 18 in a departure in Whitehall's privatisation programme, the Guardian has learned. Read more

A decade later, most states barely use "3 Strikes" 23rd September 2004

Three Strikes states see less drop in violent crime than "non-strike" states, says Justice Policy Institute. Read more

Howard League for Penal Reform calls for the abolition of Anti Social Behaviour Orders for children 22nd September 2004

"Using anti-social behaviour legislation on children is a nasty political trick. The government is seen to be doing something - but the real challenges are left unmet." Read more

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