United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners(2015)
The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMRs) constitute the universally acknowledged minimum standards for the management of prison facilities and the treatment of prisoners, and have been of tremendous value and influence in the development of prison laws, policies and practices in Member States all over the world.
UNODC/UNAIDS Publication on Women and HIV in Prison Settings(2008)
Prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of HIV. However, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes are not adequately developed and implemented to respond to HIV in prisons. Moreover, prison settings do not usually address gender-specific needs. Both drug use and HIV infection are more prevalent among women in prison than among imprisoned men. Women in prison are vulnerable to gender-based sexual violence; they may engage in risky behaviours and practices such as unsafe tattooing, injecting drug use, and, are more susceptible to self-harm.