Ensuring independence of the NPM in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in 2008, committing to the designation of an independent national body for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment at the domestic level – a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). The NPM law was signed in July 2013. This document includes a brief overview of NPM […]

Policing of Children and Young People: A Case for “Child-Friendly Police”

Children and young people come into contact with the police for a variety of reasons such as when they commit offences, witness crimes or as victims of crimes. Children’s developing emotional and psychological maturity puts them at increased risk of exploitation during police contact and within the justice system. This paper considers the relationship between […]

Brain science and how it affects children accused of crimes

Did you know that 30% of children deprived of liberty have experienced a brain injury at some point in their life? Children in criminal justice systems are more likely to suffer from neuro-disabilities. Specialists insist that if they receive the support they need early on, then they will be less likely to come into conflict […]

Punitive drug laws: 10 years undermining the Bangkok Rules

Marking the 10-year anniversary of the Bangkok Rules, this briefing paper analyses the concrete ways in which punitive drug legislation has impacted upon the achievement of the Bangkok Rules, and offers several recommendations on how to translate the commitments set in the Bangkok Rules into drug policy.

Coronavirus: Preventing harm and human rights violations in criminal justice systems

As governments around the world continue to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic, with some beginning to ease restrictions in communities and prison systems, while others grapple with increasing infection rates and spikes in cases, PRI’s briefing published 14 July 2020 considers how criminal justice systems are responding, how it is affecting people serving custodial and […]

Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

PRI briefing note issued on 16 March 2020 on the situation of the outbreak of a novel form of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevention measures in prisons and wider impacts of responses to governments on people in criminal justice systems. As the COVID-19 pandemic affects more people in an ever increasing list of countries, PRI has […]