Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

Nov 4, 2014

American citizen tries to escape from Namibian prison

An American citizen attempted to escape from a prison in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, but was caught, the country’s press agency said Monday. The Namibian Press Agency reported that Los Angeles native Marcus Kevin Tomas climbed a tree inside the Windhoek Central Prison and tried ...

Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...

Aug 11, 2014

Saudi Arabia jails four for seeking to fight in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court has sentenced four men to prison for travelling abroad to fight in Syria’s civil war, local and state media reported on Sunday. King Abdullah decreed in February that citizens involved in fighting overseas faced up to 20 years in ...

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge ...

Jul 8, 2013

Reducing rate of recidivism

A Criminal Law revision passed by the Diet last month provides a suspended sentence and probation procedure for convicts in a certain category as a way to reduce recidivism.

Lay judges get a peek at prison life

Jun 6, 2013

Lay judges get a peek at prison life

by Setsuko Kamiya

When lay judges hand down a prison term, many focus on the merits of the case itself and not about the life behind bars that awaits the guilty. One group of citizens who served as lay judges in criminal trials, however, took a tour ...