We believe that in a fair and effective criminal justice system, offenders are held to account, sentences are proportionate, and the primary purpose of prison is rehabilitation not retribution. We want to see:

  • a reduction in unnecessary imprisonment through greater use of non-custodial alternatives
  • the improvement of prison conditions and the prevention of torture and ill-treatment
  • child-friendly criminal justice systems which use detention only as a last resort
  • proportionate and gender-sensitive responses to women offending
  • the abolition of the death penalty and the introduction of humane alternative sanctions.

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