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PRI attends World Health Organization meeting on prisons and health

Last week, PRI’s Executive Director, Alison Hannah, attended the World Health Organization (WHO) international meeting on prisons and health in Lisbon. This international meeting, which was jointly organised by Public Health England (PHE) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), brought together over 100 experts in the field of prison and public […]

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PRI issues joint statement on the impact of the ‘war on drugs’ on human rights

This week Penal Reform International and the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) made a joint statement on drugs and human rights at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council. The statement highlighted how a range of well-documented human-rights violations – such as increased police violence and mass incarceration of people involved in non-violent, low-level drug […]

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PRI launches new report: Global Prison Trends 2017

Today, PRI launches its annual flagship publication, Global Prison Trends 2017, at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends 2017 identifies the topical developments and challenges in criminal justice and prison policy and practice over the past 12 months, and highlights some significant reports and jurisprudence. It is the third edition […]

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PRI at the UN Crime Commission 2017

The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will convene in Vienna on 22 – 26 May 2017. The UN ‘Crime Commission’ meets annually and is the principal policy-making body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. It is therefore of key relevance to PRI’s mission. The Commission is the preparatory […]

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Pioneering research on women serving community service and probation in Kenya

Nairobi, 3 October 2016 Today, Penal Reform International (PRI) and the Kenya Probation and Aftercare Service (PAS) publish a research report and short documentary, as partners in a pilot project on women serving community service and probation orders in Kenya. The research seeks to identify and understand the distinct challenges women face when completing these orders […]

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PRI at the UN Crime Commission 2016

The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will convene in Vienna on 23-27 May 2016. Held annually it is the principal policy-making body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice and is therefore of key relevance to PRI’s mission. The Commission is the preparatory body for and implements many […]

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Invite to UNGASS event: Human rights impacts of drug policies

How can better drug policies help improve prison conditions and protect human rights? Together with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, PRI is organising a side-event at the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) on 18 April 2016 on Human rights impacts of drug policies. Monday 18 April 2016 8.30-9.30am […]

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PRI opens new regional office in Kampala, Uganda

PRI is delighted to announce the opening of its new PRI Africa Office in January 2016. Based in Kampala, Uganda, the office will develop PRI’s expanding work in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. PRI has worked in partnership with criminal justice agencies and civil society in the sub-Saharan Africa region since the 1990s. Our work in […]

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Legal professionals and NGOs in remote Pakistan discuss the value of the UN Bangkok Rules

In November, PRI’s partner NGO in Pakistan, the DOST Welfare Foundation, which works in the north western border province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, trained 48 law students, 21 faculty members of local Law Colleges, and 30 NGO representatives from Peshawar on the UN Bangkok Rules on women offenders and prisoners. The prison population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa […]