April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
At the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on Thursday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that prison overcrowding has reached "epidemic proportions" worldwide. "Prison overcrowding can also be considered as a symptom of a malfunctioning justice system, and ...[read more]
April 9, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The Obama administration on Wednesday voice support for banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors in response to an online petition with more than 120,000 signatures. Conversion therapy is practiced by medical health providers with the goal of changing an individual's sexual ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The Oregon House on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307, which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by William Helbling
Missouri officials executed death row inmate Cecil Clayton early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court and Governor Jay Nixon denied his requested stay of execution. Clayton, 74, was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting a sheriff's deputy in 1996. Clayton's attorneys argued that he ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and is intended to ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Pennsylvania prison officials announced a settlement Tuesday promising specialized treatment for mentally ill inmates. The lawsuit was filed by the Disability Rights Network in March 2013. In an effort to deliver safe and appropriate mental health services, the state has agreed, "to divert inmates ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate allegedly suffering from severe mental illness. The inmate, Scott Panetti, was sentenced to death for the killing of his parents-in-law in 1992. The per curium opinion ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Geneva-based pan-Arab rights group Alkarama claimed in an open statement to the UN published Friday that Egyptian authorities have been complicit in the torture and sexual abuse of 52 teenage detainees. The rights group brought the cases of the detainees, who range in age from 15 to 18 and were ...[read more]

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