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Promising progress is being made towards the greater user of community service orders in Uganda, but some challenges remain. PRI consultant Rob Allen reports from a recent PRI training course for magistrates in Mbarara.
(23 October 2012) On Monday, PRI’s Middle East and North Africa office celebrated World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse at the Rehabilitation Centre for Juveniles in Amman and launched a new PRI report which examines current law and policy measures in place in Jordan to protect children against violence in police and pre-trial detention and makes recommendations for reform.
In this article, Rob Allen an Associate of PRI discusses the Global Campaign for Pre Trial Justice (http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/projects/global-campaign-pretrial-justice) of which PRI is a part. Rob recently represented PRI at the 14th ICPA Conference in Mexico City.
A summary of outcomes from an independent experts’ meeting on the review of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners has been submitted to the United Nations. This is ahead of an Inter-governmental Expert Group meeting on the Review in Buenos Aires in December.
PRI Programme Officer Jenny Clarkin reports from Uzbekistan on a PRI training programme for social workers and members of the judiciary to improve the care and protection of children at risk.
This article profiles Bryan Stevenson's work campaigning for justice for the thousands of children and young people in US prisons and the use of life sentences without parole for minors, setting up the Equal Justice Initiative and his work advocating for inmates on death-row.
The vote took place at the UN General Assembly's third committee and is a precursor to voting at the UN General Assembly plenary in December.
PRI also launched a new two-year project last week to support the positive global trend towards abolition and to ensure that human alternative sanctions are implemented in its place.
PRI also attended the 20th session of the Committee last week to contribute to discussions on the first draft of a General Comment by the Committee on Article 30 of the African Charter, which provides for the children of imprisoned mothers.
PRI's Executive Director Alison Hannah reports from Kazakhstan where PRI brought together a forum of policy-makers and experts to support local authorities deliver reintegration services for ex-prisoners.
While prison reform has hardly figured in the US Presidential campaign, there are signs that America’s love affair with incarceration may be coming to an end....
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Children in detention facilities around the world are at a higher risk of violence than virtually all other children.
PRI Project: Reform of criminal legislation in Kazakhstan