Coronavirus: Preventing harm and human rights violations in criminal justice systems

As governments around the world continue to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic, with some beginning to ease restrictions in communities and prison systems, while others grapple with increasing infection rates and spikes in cases, PRI’s briefing published 14 July 2020 considers how criminal justice systems are responding, how it is affecting people serving custodial and […]

Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison

PRI briefing note issued on 16 March 2020 on the situation of the outbreak of a novel form of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevention measures in prisons and wider impacts of responses to governments on people in criminal justice systems. As the COVID-19 pandemic affects more people in an ever increasing list of countries, PRI has […]

Policy briefing: EU-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue

In this policy briefing the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) and Penal Reform International (PRI) detail key concerns on the interlinking issues on the agenda for the European Union-Indonesia Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels on 8 November 2019, and the EU-Indonesia Civil Society Seminar Forum on 7 November 2019: Access to justice and penal […]

Women and children involved in violent extremism

Research published in two parts, with a focus on women and children involved in violent extremism. The documents provide an analysis of the reasons for the involvement of women and children in violent extremism, which made it possible for the author to divide these groups of people into categories in case of motivation. For instance, […]

Prison conditions for women facing the death penalty: A factsheet

There are at least 500 women currently on death row around the world. While exact figures are impossible to obtain, it is estimated that over 100 women have been executed in the last 10 years – and potentially hundreds more. Little empirical data exists about the crimes for which women have been sentenced to death, the […]

Detention Monitoring Tool: Incident management and independent investigations

Deaths or serious injuries of persons in custody, disappearances of individuals, and allegations or indications of torture and other forms of ill-treatment can be summarised as ‘serious incidents’ in custody, which can have a variety of different causes. This Factsheet is intended to give guidance to monitoring bodies in assessing whether the prison authorities have […]

Life imprisonment: A policy briefing

Between the years 2000 and 2014, there was an increase of almost 84 per cent in the number of those serving formal life sentences worldwide. However, since a United Nations report on life imprisonment 20 years ago, there has been no international assessment of the use of and issues surrounding life imprisonment, despite substantial developments […]