On 19th December 2013, the jury at the inquest into the death in custody of 19 year old Ashley Smith returned a verdict of homicide. Ms Smith died by self-inflicted strangulation at the Correctional Service of Canada’s Grand Valley Institution for Women in Ontario, Canada, on 19th October 2007. Correctional officers who videotaped her death testified that they did not intervene in time to save Ms Smith's life because they were under strict orders from prison management not to enter her cell.
In June 2013 we were delighted to hear that Andy Barclay, our Projects' Director until his retirement at the end of 2012, had been awarded an MBE for his work on prison reform in Libya. Andy's contribution marks the culmination of some fifteen years working with ICPS during which he has led projects in many countries of the world, including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, and other countries in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
More than 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world according to the latest edition of the World Prison Population List (WPPL), researched and compiled by Roy Walmsley and published on Friday 22 November by the International Centre for Prison Studies, a partner of the University of Essex. If those reported to be held in ‘detention centres’ in China and prison camps in North Korea were included the total would be more than 11 million.