“Minus the urinals and painted pink”? What should a women’s prison look like?

Historically prison buildings have largely been designed for the majority male prisoner population. However, the growing understanding that women who offend are different from men − from their typical backgrounds and the nature of their offences, to their experience of abuse and their care-taking responsibilities is also leading architects and planners to consider how prison facilities might also be designed […]

Laura Maiello & Stephen Carter9th December 2015

Preventing infectious diseases in prisons: a public health and human rights imperative

The spread of infectious diseases is a serious problem in prison systems worldwide, with prisoners often many times more likely to be living with Tuberculosis, HIV or hepatitis than a person in the broader community. Alongside the generally poor and unsanitary conditions prevalent in prisons, one major route to infection is unsafe injecting drug use. […]

Gen Sander23rd October 2015

Introducing a valuable new tool for detention monitors

The Association for the Prevention of Torture has recently launched a new database of international and regional standards, information, guidance and helpful tips to assist prison monitors as well as prison authorities and others engaged both in running and observing prisons. Here, APT’s Detention Advisor, Jean-Sébastien Blanc, explains why this resource is needed and what it offers […]

Jean-Sébastien Blanc, APT22nd April 2015

Turning recommendations into reality: improving the impact of detention monitoring bodies

Thirty years after the entry into force of the UN Convention against Torture (CAT), there is still a considerable implementation gap and torture continues to exist worldwide. One of the most significant developments over the last few years has been the establishment of National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs). While these bodies carry out regular monitoring visits […]

Moritz Birk, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute9th December 2014

The pain inflicted by the death penalty is wider than many think

For the twelfth year, governments and NGOs have been commemorating World Day Against the Death Penalty. While the major theme is always “get rid of capital punishment!”, each year there is a particular issue or world region that gets particularly emphasised. This year that theme is mental illness. Mental illness and the death penalty is […]

Oliver Robertson10th October 2014

Амнистия: плюсы и минусы или что мы ходим получить в результате реформ?

Амнистия или прощение в уголовном законодательстве представляется в настоящее время дискуссионным институтом. Принимаемый на некие юбилеи и памятные государственные даты, она направлена на прощение осужденного с последующим освобождением его от уголовной ответственности, от наказания, или смягчение наказания и даже снятие судимости. Затрагивая сферу уголовно-правовых отношений, амнистию следует больше рассматривать как конституционный институт. Отметим, что последние […]

Leila Sydykova16th July 2014

Protecting girls from all forms of violence in the criminal justice system

PRI has been working with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, to raise awareness and bring about changes in the treatment of girls in the criminal justice system. In this blog she explains how the new Model Strategies and Practical Measures for the Elimination of Violence against […]

Marta Santos Pais15th July 2014

Смертная казнь в Центральной Азии: изучение общественного мнения в Казахстане

На сегодняшний день вопрос смертной казни является актуальным в странах Центральной Азии. Так на сегодняшний день смертная казнь законодательно сохраняется в Таджикистане и Казахстане. В Кыргызстане смертная казнь отменена  в 2007 году. Несомненно, на всех этапах решения вопроса о смертной казни немаловажным является общественное мнение. Весной этого года офис PRI в Центральной Азии провел социологический […]

Dinara Dildabek10th July 2014