In Morocco, we launch the first prison radio in the Middle East and North Africa region in the Morocco’s biggest prison Oukasha in Casablanca. The radio, modelled on similar prison radio programmes around the world, gives prisoners a recreational activity as well as a training opportunity for inmates, a platform to discuss important issues related to the prison and an opportunity for contact with family.
In Kyrgyzstan, we support the creation of a police station to pilot the use of investigative interviewing as a solution to preventing the use of torture.
In Georgia we provide 680 women offenders, former offenders and their children with access to services including legal aid, psychological counselling, training and work opportunities, all of which aim to support their rehabilitation and reintegration back into society.
We launch a project in Central African Republic to develop a strategy to demilitarise the country’s prison system. The strategy is endorsed by the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Simplice Sarandji
We launch a new global campaign to tackle the use of life imprisonment, specifically life without parole, with the aim to understand its use and its impact on the human rights of those serving these sentences.
We publish a number of significant publications including the 4th edition of our flagship publication Global Prison Trends. Together with the OSCE, we publish the Guidance Document on the Nelson Mandela Rules. The publication provides guidance for managers and staff of penal institutions on the interpretation and effective implementation of the revised rules. We also publish a guide for prison staff on how to deal with prisoners with mental health issues and a factsheet on prison conditions for women facing the death penalty.