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Our ambitions for 2020-2023

This year PRI is celebrating 30 years of accomplishments in developing and promoting fair and effective criminal justice systems across the world. Today, we set our trajectory for the coming decade, launching our new strategy for 2020-2023. The decade we are entering will determine whether the world is able to sustain and promote human rights, […]

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Event: Trends and Efforts Addressing Life Imprisonment in the United States and Around the World

Event invitation: Tuesday, 15th of October 2019 Venue: Open Society Foundations, 224 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019 Refreshments at Noon, with the panel from 12:30-2pm Download the event flyer here. Penal Reform International’s Global Prison Trends 2019, published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice, found that prison populations continue to rise […]

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We are 30!

Over 30 years, we have had many successes, working in more than 90 countries. We are proud of our past achievements and look forward to the years ahead.      We believe in what Nelson Mandela said: “No one really truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” We believe that […]

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PRI to launch Global Prison Trends on 21 May 2019

Alongside the Thailand Institute for Justice, PRI will launch the fifth edition of Global Prison Trends on Wednesday 21 May 2019, at the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends outlines key developments and trends in the use and management of imprisonment worldwide. In 2019, the 52-page report will also contain […]

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Reconstructing the Central African Republic will require a fair and effective criminal justice system

In the current context of extreme instability and volatility in the Central African Republic where the United Nations local presence has even reported ‘chronical violence targeted at civilians’; the Central African Republic government has approved a strategy which aims to demilitarise the country’s penitentiary system. On 9 January 2019, Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji endorsed three policy […]

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PRI hosts first regional conference on combatting violent extremism and radicalisation in prison

Last week, PRI’s Central Asia office hosted a regional conference bringing together representatives from five countries to share experiences on effective prison management of violent extremism offenders. Data shows that the number of those convicted of violent extremist and terrorist crimes is growing, and there are concerns in some Central Asian countries that prisons have served as […]

PRI and ODIHR to organise briefing at UN General Assembly on Nelson Mandela Rules

On the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, PRI and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will co-host a breakfast briefing in which an expert panel will review current trends and developments in prisons, including the implementation of the revised UN Standard Minimum Rules for the […]

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PRI at OSCE’s 2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting: promotion of UN Mandela Rules and gender equality in corrections

This month Penal Reform International will be participating in the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting is Europe’s largest annual human rights conference, and will take place on 10 to 21 September 2018 in Warsaw. The meeting provides participating States, the […]

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ODIHR and PRI publish new resource on Nelson Mandela Rules

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) published a new tool on 9 August 2018 to support the effective implementation of minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. The resource, produced jointly with Penal Reform International (PRI), was launched initially online. The Guidance Document on the Nelson Mandela Rules – Implementing the […]