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Women deprived of liberty and excessive use of pre-trial detention in Peru

In this blog, Jérôme Mangelinckx considers the drivers and implications of the growing female prison population in Peru, examining the overuse of detention for those awaiting trial, and how to move towards greater use of non-custodial alternatives to detention.  2020 marked the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners […]

Jérôme Mangelinckx26th April 2021

Five takeaways from the UN Crime Congress 2021

In this blog, Olivia Rope, Executive Director for Penal Reform International and Vice-Chair of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice gives her top five takeaways from the Kyoto Declaration which was adopted as the outcome of the 14th UN Crime Congress.

Olivia Rope30th March 2021

Proving who I am: the plight of people in detention without proof of legal identity

This expert blog by human rights expert and commentator, Vicki Prais, examines the issues faced by people in prison without proof of legal identity. Vicki explains how the absence of ID can in itself lead to detention for some people, and also causes a range of problems for those detained or leaving prison impacting on […]

Vicki Prais9th October 2020

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

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

UN reports mortality rates for people in prison as much as 50 percent higher than wider community

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report in September 2019 on the administration of justice and human rights analysing violence, death, and serious injury in situations of deprivation of liberty. In this blog, Aldyen Krieger, PRI’s Policy Intern, evaluates the primary drivers behind the high exposure to violence and increased mortality […]

Aldyen Krieger18th November 2019

The Meaning of Rehabilitation-Resocialization and its Regulation Based on National and International Standards

The blog is produced within the framework of the EU-funded project „Monitoring Government’s Commitments and Promoting the Reforms in the Penal Sector through the Engagement of CSOs“ implemented by Penal Reform International together with the partner organizations: Rehabilitation Initiative of Vulnerable Groups and Human Rights Center. Introduction Georgia has a young democracy, and the country’s […]

Rusudan Sulamanidze13th August 2019

“People Like Me”and “Others”

The blog is produced within the framework of the EU-funded project „Monitoring Government’s Commitments and Promoting the Reforms in the Penal Sector through the Engagement of CSOs“ implemented by Penal Reform International together with the partner organizations: Rehabilitation Initiative of Vulnerable Groups and Human Rights Center. During the hot July of 2018 I was taking […]

Mariam Dangadze13th August 2019

თავისუფლებისთვის მზადების პარადიგმები

ბლოგი შექმნილია ევროკავშირის მიერ დაფინანსებული პროექტის „სასჯელაღსრულებისა და პრობაციის რეფორმების ხელშეწყობა და მონიტორინგი სამოქალაქო საზოგადოების ჩართულობით“ ფარგლებში, რომელსაც ახორციელებს ორგანიზაცია „ციხის საერთაშორისო რეფორმა“ პარტნიორ ორგანიზაციებთან – „ინიციატივა მოწყვლადი ჯგუფების რეაბილიტაციისათვის“ და „ადამიანის უფლებათა ცენტრი“ – ერთად. 36 წლის გიგა ცქიმანაური საინფორმაციო-სამედიცინო ფსიქოლოგიური ცენტრ  „თანადგომის“ სოციალური საწარმოს ერთ-ერთი ბენეფიციარია. გიგამ შვიდწლიანი სასჯელი მოიხადა. ჰქონდა ნივთიერებებზე დამოკიდებულების […]

ირმა კახურაშვილი12th June 2019

Perspective on rehabilitation in different correctional settings

In the criminal justice system where one is grappling with the issue of serving timely justice, a discussion on the rehabilitation of prisoners may seem futile. The term rehabilitation in a correctional setting is apparently a romanticized word. Hence rehabilitation is one of the contentious aspects of criminology and penology. From criminal justice, perspective rehabilitation […]

Gauri Sharma3rd June 2019