Capstone Project wrap-up event considers human rights research in Kazakhstan

From 13 – 16 September 2021, Capstone Project human rights research competition alumni and representatives of Kazakhstani higher education institutions met in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, to discuss the prospects for the development and further improvement of human rights research in the country. The audience was presented with the methodology and results of the Capstone Project implemented […]

Ceremony held to mark end of vocational training programme in three Central African prisons

As part of our support to the Central African Ministry of Justice for the implementation of the national strategy for the demilitarization of the CAR’s prisons, Penal Reform International, as implementing partner of MINUSCA initiated and organised a vocational training for people detained in Ngaragba, Bimbo and Berberati prisons in CAR. The objectives of this […]

Introducing Global Prison Trends 2021

Over a year on from the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, this seventh edition of Global Prison Trends is published jointly by Penal Reform International (PRI) and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ). This report documents key trends over the past year, especially the impact of the pandemic on prison populations and staff, and how […]

People in detention are forgotten or ignored in COVID-19 responses, says new PRI briefing

A new briefing, Coronavirus: Preventing harm and human rights violations in criminal justice systems, highlights the impact of responses to COVID-19 on people in detention – amounting to 11 million people – who have been left behind, ignored or forgotten. Penal Reform International exposes a lack of systematic testing and data collection in prisons across the globe, which means unknown numbers of people in detention and staff are falling ill and dying […]

Global report reveals gender discrimination in sentencing for drug offences

The number of women and girls in prison globally increased by more than 50% since the start of the century. Overincarceration of women due to drug-related offences is not the result of an increase of criminal activities. Harsh drug policies affect women because such policies are blind to the factors behind women’s involvement in drug […]

Development of the prison system Tajikistan

The first penitentiary forum of Tajikistan took place in Dushanbe on 20 November 2019. The forum is organized by the initiative of the Main Directorate for the Execution of the Criminal Sentences of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Penal Reform International (PRI) within the support of the European Union […]

Pioneering research on women serving community service and probation in Kenya

Nairobi, 3 October 2016 Today, Penal Reform International (PRI) and the Kenya Probation and Aftercare Service (PAS) publish a research report and short documentary, as partners in a pilot project on women serving community service and probation orders in Kenya. The research seeks to identify and understand the distinct challenges women face when completing these orders […]

PRI Central Asia hosts roundtable on a draft new resocialisation strategy in Kazakhstan

September 06, 2016, Astana The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan along with other interested state bodies has drafted a comprehensive strategy for social rehabilitation of individuals released from prison and registered with the Probation Service, which was presented today a roundtable. The strategy was produced in accordance with the National Action […]