International News

U.S. Justice Calls Mandatory Sentences `Bad Policy' 22nd September 2003

Mandatory minimum sentences passed by Congress are "bad policy," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said yesterday. From the Associated Press. Read more

Driving the Point Home: A Strategy for Safer Tattooing in Canadian Prisons 12th September 2003

This policy document reviews international evidence of prison tattooing and disease transmission and makes recommendations to reduce the harm of unsafe tattooing in Canadian prisons. Read more

Speech: "Prisoners as enemies or prisoners as citizens? - The responsibility of the State" 9th September 2003

By Vivien Stern, Senior Research Fellow International Centre for Prison Studies, Kings College London. Read more

SPACE II: Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics 2001 29th August 2003

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

Mandatory minimum sentencing is unfair, ineffective, and expensive, says the Common Sense Foundation 21st April 2003

This inflexible, heavy-handed approach to dealing with crime has contributed to a boom in the number of low-level offenders sent to prison and increased the length of their sentences. Read more

Speech: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy criticizes mandatory minimum sentences 9th April 2003

United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy address to the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco criticises mandatory minimum sentences. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy criticizes mandatory minimum sentences 9th April 2003

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy struck the latest blow against mandatory minimum sentences, telling congressional lawmakers Wednesday that required jail terms are partly responsible for much of the prison overcrowding problem in the United States. From Brad Wright, CNN Washington Bureau. Read more

Classifications of drug treatment and social reintegration and their availability in EU states plus Norway Final Report 5th April 2003 PDF documents

Detailed information on drug treatment programmes in EU member states and Norway. Contains some information on prisons. © European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2003 ( Read more

ACLU Press Release: Money Can Be Saved on Prisons Without Diminishing Public Safety, ACLU of Texas Tells Lawmakers 25th February 2003

In testimony today before the Texas House Corrections Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said that the state's prisons have become too expensive because the system incarcerates too many non-violent offenders who should be home supporting their families. Read more


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