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Separation and solitary confinement in the revised 2020 European Prison Rules – First thoughts

The European Prison Rules (and their Commentary) were recently revised by the Council of Europe. The most notable changes arguably concern the rules guiding prison authorities on the separation and solitary confinement of prisoners. This comes at a time where separation has become more commonplace with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The practice of solitary confinement […]

Dirk van Zyl Smit10th July 2020

Shining a light on the prison’s darkest corner: a human rights-centred approach to monitoring solitary confinement units

[*an earlier version of this article was first published in March 2019 in the ICPA Expert Network on External Prison Oversight and Human Rights’ Newsletter] In this blog, Dr. Sharon Shalev examines how to adopt a human rights-centred approach in the use of solitary confinement in prisons. Monitoring and evaluating solitary confinement Solitary confinement is […]

Sharon Shalev10th December 2019

We are 30: Looking forward to the next decade

“It all started with a meeting…” 30 years ago, Vivien Stern, Ahmed Othmani and Hans Tulkens created Penal Reform International. They had in common the belief we still cherish, as stated by Nelson Mandela: “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”. In other words, the health of criminal justice […]

Florian Irminger21st November 2019