Yemen Peace Talks Begin With Agreement to Free 5,000 Prisoners

CAIRO — Yemen’s warring sides agreed on Thursday to exchange prisoners, starting peace consultations in Sweden that aim to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of civilians and pushed millions to the brink of famine. The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, opened the talks, saying they represented a “critical opportunity”…

Giving Kenyan female prisoners a second chance

Could allowing inmates access to tech lessons be a key tool in rehabilitation? Entrepreneur Aggrey Mokaya believes his Change Hub programme, which teaches prisoners everything from coding to web design, will slash Kenya’s high re-offending rates. He wants to expand his scheme to reach the estimated 8,000 female prisoners in Kenya. This BBC series was…

Five surprising reasons prisoners have been freed

Image copyright Georgetown University Image caption Valentino Dixon served most of his sentence in New York’s notorious Attica Correctional Facility It is no doubt a strange story – how one US prisoner’s penchant for drawing golf courses led to him walking free. Despite having never set foot on a course himself, Valentino Dixon drew more…

Rwanda Frees Over 2,000 Prisoners, Including an Opposition Leader

A prominent opposition leader and a popular gospel musician, both imprisoned after angering the government of Rwanda, walked free on Saturday, after officials said that more than 2,000 inmates would be released. President Paul Kagame and his government, which has a record of suppressing dissent and jailing critics, gave no indication what prompted them to…

WW2 prisoners died building a railway for the Japanese

During World War Two the Japanese forced prisoners of war to build a 400km railway from Thailand to Myanmar (then Burma). Tens of thousands died during the construction and it became known as the “death railway”. Former British POW, Cyril Doy, describes in graphic detail how he survived sickness, starvation and humiliation while building the…

Locked up and learning to write, women prisoners find a safe space

“I just fell in love with the idea that writing could change someone’s life,” she said. While working on her graduate school thesis in 2013, she stumbled upon a topic that would change hers. Stackable learned that her home state of Oklahoma has the highest rate of female incarceration in the country — and it…