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 ...

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 ...