Italian convict island is home to growing concern

Winemaker Lamberto Frescobaldi's vineyard estate, where the island's inmates spend their days. Photo: Reuters

High on a hillside overlooking the azure sea on a small Mediterranean island, two brawny men toil under the sun in a vineyard that has just released a €50 (HK$515) wine destined for the tables of top restaurants.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:32am

Life a drag at Hong Kong's first non-smoking jail

Life a drag at Hong Kong's first non-smoking jail

The Tung Tau Correctional Institution at Stanley is the city's first non-smoking prison, the latest bid to end smoking in jails. But the Correctional Services Department says smokers will not be forced to give up - those determined to continue will be sent elsewhere, while those who want to quit will be given counselling and support.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 1 comment

Jailed former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun's sartorial secrets revealed

Fallen police chief Wang Lijun.

Weeks after Wang Lijun was sentenced to prison, more details have begun to surface about the flamboyant style of the former anti-triad hero who played a central role in the scandal that felled the ex-Politburo member Bo Xilai.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:45am 3 comments

Pussy Riot member moved to solitary cell

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina. Photo: AP

One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials said Friday.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:40am

Faking of prison urine tests rare, Legco told

Graft-busters investigated a team of prison officers but found evidence to prosecute only one case of falsifying the urine samples of released prisoners, a security official told legislators yesterday.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

Sandusky headed to prison, but scandal persists

Jerry Sandusky. Photo: AFP

Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:15pm

Prison rape furore set to sway voters in Georgia

A demonstrator whistles during a protest this week. Photo: AP

Public outcry over the rape and beating of prisoners in a Georgian prison is threatening the nine-year rule of US ally President Mikhail Saakashvili in parliamentary elections on Monday.

29 Sep 2012 - 3:22am

Briefs, September 28, 2012

Zetas cartel leader Ivan Velazquez Caballero. Photo: AFP

Major drug trafficker taken by police

28 Sep 2012 - 4:19am

Breivik bound for 'specially equipped' Norwegian prison after verdict

A workspace at Ila jail, with a restricted computer.Photo: AP

Regardless of whether an Oslo court sentences him to prison or closed psychiatric care today, Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik is set to spend his days at a specially-adapted high-security prison.

24 Aug 2012 - 12:10pm

Hong Kong news digest, August 16

'Attacked' inmate's family sue over custody death

16 Aug 2012 - 9:32am

Transfer bids being processed, prison bureau says

Requests from a handful of Hong Kong inmates in the Philippines to serve out their lengthy jail terms at home are being processed, the nation's prison authorities say, more than a year after they applied for transfer.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Inmates in Manila jail still waiting for transfer home

Hong Kong inmates serving lengthy sentences in a Philippine prison where even the most basic necessities have to be bought are anxiously awaiting news about their year-old application for a transfer back home to serve out their jail terms.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Petitioners languish for weeks in Beijing 'black jail'

The three petitioners from the central province of Hunan were held in Beijing for more than a month in a 'black jail' linked to their local government despite a crackdown on such secret detention facilities.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Prisoners petition to make calls legal right

About 30 prisoners have signed a petition urging lawmakers to grant them the legal right to make telephone calls home.

This comes after talks between a human rights group and the Correctional Services Department over granting an increase in the number of such calls broke down last month.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Officials accused of rights denial in refusal to allow inmates more phone calls

The government is not respecting international covenants and agreements on human rights because it refuses to allow prisoners to have longer, more frequent phone calls, a social campaigner said yesterday.

Annie Lin, from the Society for Community Organisation, made the accusation after meeting officials from the Correctional Services Department yesterday.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am