Human rights activists are raising the alarm about prison conditions amid COVID-19. The true extent of COVID-19 in prisons is far from clear—but when widespread testing is done behind bars, the results have been startling—more than 70% of inmates tested positive in one…

COVID-19 is gaining a foothold in the world’s most overcrowded prison systems, raising grave concern about the spread of the virus in facilities where social distancing can be near impossible.   Venezuela’s notoriously overcrowded prisons are rife with infections—like…

Most European countries aren’t doing enough to address—and measure—the health of prisoners, the WHO concludes in a new report.  

In a recent blog post, World Bank’s Patricio V. Marquez calls for prison reform to address the overwhelming number of incarcerated persons with mental health disorders.  

Prisoners are subjected to a relentless pattern of abuse in the notorious Jail Ogaden prison in Ethiopia’s Somali region, according to a Human Rights Watch report published this week.

As the planet heats up, prison temperatures are becoming unlivable—with some US facilities soaring to a heat index of 150 degrees, according to Columbia Law School. In Arizona, prisoners’ shoes have melted.   Prisons also dole out more psychotropic and blood pressure drugs…

To understand what it means to die behind bars, Ann Neumann visited a prison hospice program in Rome, New York. Neumann, author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, emerged with a deep understanding of the challenges unique to prisons. While the…