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Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes, among other things, the Secretary of State and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide assistance to address inhumane conditions.

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