Penal Reform International (PRI) has announced the establishment of an Advisory Council and is honoured that eight distinguished experts have been elected as the first members. The Council will strengthen the organisation’s impact and networks to achieve PRI’s ambitions for 2020-2023.
Hon’ble Justice Muhammad Imman Ali, a Judge of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and former Deputy Attorney General for the country, and child rights expert. Justice Ali was previously a member of PRI’s Board for 10 years.
Avril Calder, a magistrate for 35 years in England with a specialisation in children’s, youth and family justice. Avril has worked internationally and held the position of President of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM).
Justice Ben Kioko, a Judge and the Vice-President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. Justice Kioko has extensive experience on African matters working with governments and international and multilateral institutions and has widely published on diverse areas of the law.
Ioana-Mihaela Morar, the current Deputy General Director for the Romanian Penitentiary System. Dr Morar has promoted the importance of good practices that should migrate at European/International level, for the reform of prisons, in terms of evolution of the prison management and of the treatment provided for persons deprived of liberty in line with international standards in Romania and beyond.
Stephen Pitts, who began his career as a Probation Officer in England has had a significant career internationally in the development of probation working with governments, international bodies and civil society organisations around the world supporting community-based justice reform and development.
Judge David Rennie, a retired English judge who has a specialisation in criminal law. Judge Rennie presided over serious criminal cases and obtained experience of all aspects of the penal system in which he worked.
Kathryn Waldegrave, brings expertise in prison health as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Leeds. As a Registered Nurse, Health Visitor, and Queen’s Nurse, Kathryn has a wide and varied clinical background and is drawing on her clinical practice experience in prison nursing to focus her PhD studies on the unique health needs of the older prison population.
Coletta A. Youngers, is a leading expert on issues related to women and incarceration in the Americas. She has over thirty years of experience working on human rights and drug policy in Latin America, and on U.S.-Latin American relations. Coletta is a Senior Fellow with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Senior Associate with the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC).
Olivia Rope, PRI’s Interim Executive Director stated, “PRI is delighted to benefit from the wealth of knowledge among the newly elected Advisory Council members. The Council will propel us forward in working towards PRI’s vision of safe societies worldwide in which fair and effective criminal justice systems are non-discriminatory and the rights of disadvantaged people are protected.”
Read more on the profiles of PRI’s Advisory Council.
We hope to expand the Advisory Council over the coming year. If you would be interested in nominating yourself or know someone who would be interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.