Bangkok Rules Guidance launched
Penal Reform International (PRI) has drafted two new working documents to support and facilitate the implementation of the UN Bangkok Rules.
Until their adoption, standards had not properly reflected the specific needs of girls and women, with regard to both conditions of detention and alternatives to imprisonment. Since their adoption, a number of states have started to adopt measures in order to put these Rules into practice. However, a lot remains to be done to make the Rules a reality for women in conflict with the law across the globe.
PRI has produced a Guidance Document which draws on the rationale behind each provision, outlines which actions need to be taken on a legislative and practical level and to which actors provisions are addressed. It is structured in thematic chapters and seeks to illustrate good practices.
This Guidance Document is combined with an Index of Compliance in the format of a comprehensive checklist, which should enable states to benchmark and measure their progress in implementation.
We encourage feedback, amendments, comments and good practice examples relating to these two documents. Input gathered in this context will be incorporated into the text until February 2013. PRI hopes that these publications will be a useful contribution for the Bangkok Rules becoming a reality in criminal justice systems across the globe.