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Orange is the new black - pot noodles are the new tobacco

Instant ramen pot noodles are replacing tobacco as currency among prisoners in the United States according to study which blames reduced spending on prison food.

Instant ramen pot noodles are replacing tobacco as currency among prisoners in the United States according to study which blames reduced spending on prison food.

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US reveals plans to phase out private prisons

The US government has announced plans to phase out privately-run prisons after an inquiry found they were less safe and no cheaper than public jails.

The US government has announced plans to phase out privately-run prisons after an inquiry found they were less safe and no cheaper than public jails.

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Tens of thousands of prisoners freed in Turkey

The government has given no reason for the reform, which is part of a series of measures outlined in two state-of-emergency decrees.

The government has given no reason for the reform, which is part of a series of measures outlined in two state-of-emergency decrees.

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Turkish prosecutors seek jail term for pro-Kurdish party leader Demirtas

Turkish prosecutors are seeking five-year jail sentences for the head of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas and another pro-Kurdish MP Sirri Sureyya…

Turkish prosecutors are seeking five-year jail sentences for the head of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas and another pro-Kurdish MP Sirri Sureyya…

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Prominent journalist freed in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova - an investigative reporter for Radio Free Europe - has been released on probation.

Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova - an investigative reporter for Radio Free Europe - has been released on probation.

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Striking prison wardens burst into Belgian justice ministry building

There have been dramatic scenes in Brussels, with striking prison wardens bursting into the Belgian Justice Ministry building. Baton-wielding riot

There have been dramatic scenes in Brussels, with striking prison wardens bursting into the Belgian Justice Ministry building. Baton-wielding riot

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' is moved to jail near US border

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was moved from a jail in central Mexico on Saturday to a prison in Ciudad Juarez near the US border, in a move that appears

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was moved from a jail in central Mexico on Saturday to a prison in Ciudad Juarez near the US border, in a move that appears

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Saleh Abdeslam's lawyers prepare for their client's trial in France

He was once Europe’s most wanted fugitive, now he is in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in the Paris region. Saleh Abdeslam the

He was once Europe’s most wanted fugitive, now he is in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in the Paris region. Saleh Abdeslam the

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Silent screaming - suicides and meds blight French prisons

Suicide rates in French prisons are almost double the European average. The latest data from the Council of Europe, in a report published in December

Suicide rates in French prisons are almost double the European average. The latest data from the Council of Europe, in a report published in December

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Italy leads way on prison reform but system in crisis

Italy is showing the world how to reform prisons, and has passed into law an impressive and widely-praised reform package. But the money to implement it is sorely lacking, and in the meantime most of

Italy is showing the world how to reform prisons, and has passed into law an impressive and widely-praised reform package. But the money to implement it is sorely lacking, and in the meantime most of

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Angola: Rapper jailed on rebellion charges with other activists

He has been on hunger strike. Now Portuguese Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão has been jailed with 16 other activists for ‘conspiracy to commit a

He has been on hunger strike. Now Portuguese Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão has been jailed with 16 other activists for ‘conspiracy to commit a

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[Watch] Inmates escape Canadian jail by helicopter

Two inmates at a Canadian jail created their own version of “The Great Escape”, fleeing Quebec’s St-Jérôme jail by clinging to a cord attached to a

Two inmates at a Canadian jail created their own version of “The Great Escape”, fleeing Quebec’s St-Jérôme jail by clinging to a cord attached to a

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Syrian pair jailed over death of refugee boy Aylan Kurdi

A Turkish court has jailed two Syrians over the drowning of toddler Aylan Kurdi and four others including his mother and brother. Each sentenced to

A Turkish court has jailed two Syrians over the drowning of toddler Aylan Kurdi and four others including his mother and brother. Each sentenced to

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Release of Turkish journalists 'a clear defeat' for Erdogan

The release of two Turkish journalists has been described by one of them as a “clear defeat” for the country’s president. Can Dundar from

The release of two Turkish journalists has been described by one of them as a “clear defeat” for the country’s president. Can Dundar from

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Former leader of banned Basque party freed from jail in Spain

The former leader of the outlawed Basque separatist party Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi, was greeted by supporters shouting independence

The former leader of the outlawed Basque separatist party Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi, was greeted by supporters shouting independence

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Ukrainian soldiers swapped for rebel fighters and a priest

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been exchanged for five rebel fighters and one Orthodox priest. The swap was made just north of the rebel stronghold of

Three Ukrainian soldiers have been exchanged for five rebel fighters and one Orthodox priest. The swap was made just north of the rebel stronghold of

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert starts 19-month jail term for corruption

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began a 19 month jail term for corruption on Monday – making him the country’s first ex-head of government

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began a 19 month jail term for corruption on Monday – making him the country’s first ex-head of government

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Writing your way out of a Romanian prison

Prosecutors in Romania are trying to establish if some prisoners jailed for corruption and fraud are claiming authorship of books to get their

Prosecutors in Romania are trying to establish if some prisoners jailed for corruption and fraud are claiming authorship of books to get their