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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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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 […]

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PRI to co-organise conference on women in prison

Penal Reform International and the Vance Center are co-organising a conference on Women in prison: evidence, advocacy and reform, in Bogota from 5–7 September 2018. The conference will bring together 45 women prisoners’ rights advocates from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe to share information about conditions of women’s imprisonment in their respective countries and regions and […]

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PRI publishes latest annual report

PRI has published its latest annual report, which outlines the impact of our work and achievements from 2017. The report, which includes messages from PRI’s Executive Director Alison Hannah and PRI’s Chair Dirk van Zyl Smit, showcases the work of PRI’s regional offices as well as our international advocacy work, and explores the impact of our publications and resources. […]

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Experts discuss Global Prison Trends at London panel event

Yesterday, Penal Reform International hosted an expert panel event in London to mark the UK launch of Global Prison Trends 2018. Published last month, Global Prison Trends 2018 is the fourth edition in PRI’s annual flagship Global Prison Trends series. The panel event, which took place at Linklaters LLP, brought together experts to discuss the most urgent and emerging issues […]

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PRI launches Global Prison Trends 2018

Today, PRI launches its annual flagship publication, Global Prison Trends 2018, at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Global Prison Trends 2018 is the fourth edition in PRI’s annual flagship Global Prison Trends series, and is published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice. It identifies topical developments and challenges in criminal justice and prison policy and practice over the past […]

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Mainstreaming a human-rights based approach in Algeria

As part of a project promoting the administration of criminal justice in Algeria in line with recent international standards and best practices, PRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office organised a two-day workshop for the National Police’s newly established Human Rights Department in Algeria. 31 police officers and gendarmerie participated in the workshop, which focused on […]

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PRI’s MENA office organises training workshop for prison staff on human rights standards

Last week, PRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office organised a three-day Training of Trainers workshop for prison staff in Yemen on treating prisoners according to international human rights standards. Approximately 20 prison managers and officers attended the workshop, which aimed to build the capacity of the prison administration and staff members on general […]

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PRI signs an agreement to support demilitarisation of the prison service in the Central African Republic

In December 2017, Penal Reform International signed an agreement with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to provide support in developing a strategy for demilitarisation of the prison service. MINUSCA has been working in Central African Republic since 2014, supporting efforts to address the root causes of conflict and […]

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PRI to co-organise World Congress on Justice for Children

In May 2018, PRI will co-organise the 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children, which will take place at the UNESCO House in Paris. The Congress, on 28-30 May 2018, will address three major issues, which are: the global trend towards children’s involvement in violent extremism and possible responses; the need for more effective ways […]