Penal Reform International (PRI)
Short guide to the Nelson Mandela Rules (2016)
This short guide summarizes the 122 Rules of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which were revised by the United Nations in 2015. It includes a section detailing the rules on mental and physical health.
Joint Statement at the Human Rights Council on HIV/AIDS in prison settings, March 2016 (2016)
Penal Reform International (PRI) and the Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers) submitted this joint statement at the plenary panel at the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council on addressing human rights issues in the context of efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.The statement highlights challenges around HIV/AIDS in prison settings and asked the panel to address the following questions: 1)What steps have you taken to ensure that prevention, treatment and care in prison settings are incorporated into your efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic? 2) What steps should States take to ensure this population is not excluded from their efforts?
Ten-point plan on reforming criminal justice responses to drugs (2016)
This document provides 10 steps to guide countries interested in moving away from solely punitive responses to drugs and in developing health and human rights-based approaches. The guide recommends: decriminalization with a view to the health benefits of this; greater partnership between law enforcement agencies and health authorities; the provision of health-focused services in prison; and continuity of treatment in cases of the above.
Who are women prisoners? Survey results from Uganda (2015)
This research report is based on a survey of women in prison in Uganda. It provides an overview of the characteristics of and general trends around women prisoners and demonstrates the need for gender-specific policies that meet their specific needs. It recommends the strengthening of provisions of health-care services to women prisoners.The report provides the following statistics on the following: health issues as a result of imprisonment; psychological or psychiatric consequences of imprisonment; drug and alcohol dependency; and how many prisoners would like health-care provisions as an aspect of rehabilitation/reintegration programmes.
Global Prison Trends 2016 (2016)
This report describes key global trends in the use and practice of imprisonment. It describes global practices around and makes recommendations on the following: communicable diseases in prisons and the link with poor detention conditions; food; heath of prison staff; and drug crimes, the availability of drug dependency and harm reduction programmes.
Who are women prisoners? (central Asia) (2014)
This research series from six countries in three regions seeks to improve the evidence-base on the characteristics of women offenders. Through surveys, PRI gathered information about women prisoners including: age, number of children, educational level and economic status, drug or alcohol dependencies, previous victimization, type of offence and reasons leading to it, access to legal representation during the criminal procedure and crucially the consequences of their imprisonment and what would help to build a new life upon release.
Who are women prisoners? (MENA) (2014)
This research report is based on female prison populations in Jordan and Tunisia, and seeks to illustrate the need for gender-specific policies that respond to the needs of women in prison, and to enable an identification of the key areas to be addressed as a matter of priority.
Who are women prisoners? (South Caucuses) (2014)
This research report is based on female prison populations in Armenia and Georgia, and seeks to illustrate the need for gender-specific policies that respond to the needs of women in prison, and to enable an identification of the key areas to be addressed as a matter of priority.
Guidance document and index of implementation on the Bangkok Rules (in English, Russian and Arabic) (2013)
This guidance document can be used as a reference document and as a resource for use in reviewing legislation, developing gender-sensitive policies, and in training criminal justice actors and other relevant stakeholders. The index of implementation accompanies the guidance document by seeking to assist key actors and others to assess the extent to which the Bangkok Rules are reflected in their criminal justice systems and to help identify gaps in implementation.
Detention monitoring toolkit (2013)
This tool was developed by PRI and the Association for the Prevention of Torture to provide practical guidance to help monitoring bodies conduct effective visits to places of detention. The tool contains four thematic papers, which analyze broader themes that will benefit from a comprehensive monitoring approach, and five short factsheets, which provide practical guidance on how monitoring bodies can focus on a number of systemic issues that are particularly high-risk factors for torture or ill-treatment.