Category Archives: International prisons

10 Die in Maximum Security Prison

A fire has destroyed a dormitory at a maximum-security prison in the central Philippines, killing 10 inmates, officials said.

The blaze was the second in two years to hit Leyte Regional Prison in Leyte province, Bureau of Corrections spokesman Roberto Olaguer said.

He added that the fire may have been caused by faulty wiring in the building that was constructed after the earlier fire in 2013.

“This was a maximum-security building and it was padlocked. So maybe when the fire happened suddenly, it may not have been unlocked immediately,” Mr Olaguer said, adding he had no other details and that a senior prison official from Manila was on the way to Leyte to investigate.

Philippine prisons are notoriously overcrowded and have poor facilities. The Bureau of Corrections said the prison has a capacity of 500 inmates but housed 1,895 before the fire, including 1,256 in the maximum-security building.

On its website, the bureau said the prison’s facilities were “often below par” compared with other prisons.

Mr Olaguer said inmates displaced by the fire will be housed in a minimum-security compound.

The 42-year-old prison was also damaged in November 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record to hit the Philippines, he said.

Norwegian mass killer joins Oslo Open University

  The University of Oslo says mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to its political science programme, adding that the 36-year-old right-wing extremist would remain in his cell to study – and one UK prisons expert has welcomed his university admission. Oslo Rector Ole Petter Ottersen said “all inmates in Norwegian prisons are… Continue Reading

Inmate murdered at Cork Prison this evening

A post-mortem examination will take place tomorrow following the fatal stabbing of an inmate at Cork Prison this evening. The body of the victim is expected to be removed to the morgue at Cork University Hospital overnight. A post-mortem examination will be carried out by State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy. The incident happened at around 5pm this evening in… Continue Reading

Manhunt after prison officer stabbed and inmate escapes

A manhunt is under way for a notorious prisoner after he allegedly stabbed two prison officers and fled from a hospital in Ireland. Derek Brockwell, 53, was being taken to Tallaght Hospital in south Dublin from high security Portlaoise Prison for a medical appointment when he made his reportedly violent escape. One of the prison… Continue Reading

prisoner abuse, sex offender, sex offences, civil action, soledad prison, erwin

A California prison officer is appealing a federal court’s decision in November forcing him to pay $46,000 to inmates who claimed he molested them while on duty. Erwin Abanico, an officer, and Benjamin Curry, former warden, were named defendants in a Civil Rights lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California U.S. District Court in… Continue Reading

Jail Staff Criticised Over Prisoner Killing

Former Irish prisoner Gary Douch had consumed “a considerable amount of alcohol” in a cell in Mountjoy jail just before being beaten to death by a prisoner who was displaying psychosis, a report has found. The two men should never have been placed in the same cell together, the Commission of Investigation into the 2006… Continue Reading

Deadly gas blast at prison kills two and injures over 100

At least two people have been killed and more than 100 injured in an apparent gas explosion in a Florida prison, local officials say. Part of the prison in Pensacola collapsed after the blast late on Wednesday, forcing an evacuation. About 600 people – inmates and corrections officials – were believed to be in the… Continue Reading