Govt in bid to decriminalise possession, use of small amounts of drugs
Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail cites a need to reduce prison overcrowding.
Ex-Thai PM Thaksin must still serve jail term if he returns home, says justice minister
Wissanu Krea-ngam, who is also the deputy prime minister, says Thaksin Shinawatra will need to be in judicial custody before he can apply for bail during the appeal process.
Theranos founder Holmes heading for prison
Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to just over 11 years in prison for defrauding investors with her Silicon Valley start-up Theranos.
US prisoners use toothbrush to dig hole, go for pancakes
They were arrested in the wee hours of the morning at a branch of the Ihop pancake restaurant chain.
Home ministry admits negligence in prison body mix-up
Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail pledges an investigation into the case in which family members preparing funeral rites for their son were informed that he was still alive.
New law on drug offences to cut overcrowding at prisons, says home minister
The Drug and Substance Abuse (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act is expected to be tabled this year.
Cambodia opposition leader jailed 27 years for treason
Scores of opposition figures were convicted of treason last year, some in absentia – the latest squeeze on opponents ahead of elections.
Bill on abolition of mandatory death penalty to be tabled next month
It is expected to be passed in April and gazetted by May.
At least 20 escape Syria prison holding IS inmates after quake
The military police prison in the town of Rajo near the Turkish border was said to hold about 2,000 inmates, with about 1,300 of them suspected to be IS fighters.
Prisons dept mulls off-days from jail to solve overcrowding
The emergency management days system has been used in many countries, where prisoners can apply to leave jail, including during personal emergencies, on certain conditions, especially good behaviour.
Najib's petition to UN 'entirely up to him', says chief justice
Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat says the judiciary has discharged its responsibilities in terms of deciding on the SRC International case.
Head of deadly Mexican jailbreak prison fired, manhunt starts
Nineteen people died after gunmen attacked the prison a few miles south of El Paso, Texas, killing guards and inmates and triggering a mass escape that included cartel kingpin Ernesto Alfredo Pinon de la Cruz.