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 ...

Photographer captures daily life inside penal system

Jun 6, 2013

Photographer captures daily life inside penal system

by Jiro Hashimoto

Photographer Hitomi Toyama has recently published a book of photos she has taken over the past two decades revealing different aspects of life inside prisons throughout Japan. The book, titled “Nippon no Keimusho 30″ (“30 Japanese Prisons”), includes a picture of a prisoner holding ...