How they see it

Yemenis wearing orange jumpsuits, similar to those worn by prisoners at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, hold a protest demanding the release of inmates on hunger strike. Photo: AFP

The prison in Guantanamo Bay mocks American standards of justice by keeping people imprisoned without charges. As of Tuesday, 100 of the 166 inmates are participating in a hunger strike against their conditions and indefinite detention.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 2:51am

Indian on Pakistan death row badly beaten

Pakistani policemen stand guard at the emergency room of a local hospital after Sarbajit Singh was brought in for medical treatment. Photo: EPA

Sarbajit Singh, who was sentenced to death 16 years ago on espionage charges, was taken to hospital on Friday with multiple wounds, including a severe head injury, after an argument in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:36am

Cat caught smuggling phone and tools to inmates at Brazilian prison

An officer at the prison in northern Brazil holds up the cat with a package of tools and a mobile phone tied to its body. Photo: AFP

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a small white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil. But when they caught the animal on New Year's Eve at the medium-security prison in the city of Arapiraca, they found a mobile phone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Prisoners cook meals for Charity Canteen at Stanley fair

A visitor is directed to a table in the 'Charity Canteen'. Photo: Sam Tsang

Innocent members of the public were given a taste of prison life yesterday.

They were marched into the "Charity Canteen" at the Correctional Services Department's celebration fair at Stanley.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:13am

Poland’s oldest former Auschwitz prisoner dies at 108

A former inmate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz re-visits the camp in Poland in 1979. The oldest known survivor of Auschwitz has died at 108. Photo: AP

Antoni Dobrowolski, who was the oldest Polish survivor of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, died at the age of 108 on Sunday, Auschwitz Museum officials said.

Dobrowolski’s son informed the museum about his father’s death, its press office said on Monday.

23 Oct 2012 - 9:49am

Story of a Discharged Prisoner

Before A Better Tomorrow, there was Story of a Discharged Prisoner. John Woo's 1986 film takes a leaf from Patrick Lung Kong's 1967 classic, in which newly released ex-con Lee Cheuk-hung (Patrick Tse Yin, right, centre) finds his attempts at self-rehabilitation relentlessly undermined by forces both high and low.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

World Cup a gambling headache for city's prisons

Gambling on soccer is banned in Hong Kong's prisons but inmates go to great lengths to avoid detection by officers - even using secret codes to place bets.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Inmate critical after suicide attempt

Staff saved a 31-year-old inmate who tried to commit suicide in his cell at Stanley Prison yesterday. The man, surnamed Liu, was found hanging from a bed sheet tied to a bar on the window of his cell at about 6am. He was given first aid by staff before being sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he remained in critical condition last night.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Prison guard 'accepted HK$200,000'

A prison guard accepted what he believed was HK$200,000 from a woman graft-buster, believing she was the wife of a prisoner seeking help with an early-release application, a court heard yesterday.

Correctional services officer Lee Yee-tak, 51, pleaded not guilty in the District Court to two charges of soliciting an advantage and one charge of accepting an advantage.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

'Get a job or stay in jail'

SCMP ; December 27, 2002

By Stella Lee

An armed robber granted early release from his 18-year sentence is still in Stanley Prison because he has failed to satisfy an unusual condition of his freedom - finding a job.

8 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Inmate chokes to death during lunch

A convicted burglar is believed to have choked to death while having lunch in Stanley Prison. The prisoner, 43, was declared dead at Eastern Hospital. An inquest will be held.

17 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Prisoner hurt in escape bid

A remand prisoner, 18, was injured when he attempted to escape by leaping over a wall of Pik Uk Correctional Institution in Sai Kung yesterday. It was the first escape attempt in the prison's 27-year history.

10 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Night of terror haunts warder

Prison officer To Kam-biu told yesterday how he was coshed with metal bars by rioting inmates in what he described as his most frightening night in more than 20 years' service.

Assistant officer To, 44, who suffered injuries to his head and arm, said he was still living in the shadow of the attack 10 days after the June 4 riot at Hei Ling Chau.

14 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Prison gang kills fellow inmate

A 42-YEAR-OLD prisoner was punched to death by a group of inmates in his cell at Macau's central prison on Coloane Island. Chan Keong was serving a 20-month robbery sentence.

11 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Costly remand

The other day it was reported the police used about 200 men in an operation to take one prisoner to court - at vast expense. It was further disclosed this prisoner intended to insist he be allowed to appear before the court for remand every eight days, as apparently is his right.

29 Jul 1996 - 12:00am