The United States has 2.2 million prison inmates, more than any other country in the world. Many crowded correctional centers lack adequate medical care, leaving some inmates to die, whether or not they are on death row.
Facing a lawsuit by prisoners over alleged health hazards, the US Bureau of Prisons has aborted a longstanding plan to build a jail on an abandoned coal mine. US activists are claiming a rare environmental victory.
Luhansk rebels handed over 40 prisoners to Ukrainian authorities in what the separatist officials described as a "goodwill gesture." All of the prisoners were already in jail when the conflict started in 2014.
Rights groups have urged China to release activist Huang Qi, warning he could die in custody unless he receives urgent medical care. The appeal comes as a UN panel puts China's human rights record under the spotlight.
After a video surfaced showing Russian inmate Evgeny Makarov being brutally tortured by prison guards, his lawyer, Irina Biryukova, had to flee the country. She told DW that prisoner abuse remains widespread in Russia.
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