Resources listing

Public Statement

Pledge on child rights and criminal justice

Joint statement calling on States present at the 14th UN Crime Congress to make a pledge to ensure that children are seen, heard, and fully able to participate, and children’s rights are upheld in criminal justice policy and practice.

Languages: English, Spanish


Event: Global Prison Trends at the 14th UN Crime Congress

Side event at the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on the key trends and challenges in prison systems worldwide, with insight from the upcoming Global Prison Trends 2021.

Languages: English


Operational guidelines for professionals on children in conflict with the law during COVID-19

In order to protect children deprived of liberty during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Initiative on Justice with Children called for the release of all children from immigration detention and accelerated release of children from criminal justice or protection facilities, as well as urgent action to implement non-custodial measures to ensure children’s safe reintegration into […]

Languages: English

Annual Report

Annual Report 2019

PRI’s Annual Report outlines the impact of our work and achievements in 2019 nationally, regionally and internationally. Highlights in 2019 included: Publication of the Global Prison Trends Report 2019, in partnership with the Thailand Institute of Justice (our annual flagship publication); PRI celebrated its 30th anniversary and launched its 2020-2023 strategy, alongside its new visual profile, which itself […]

Languages: English


Covid-19 and the Rights of Children of Parents who are Incarcerated: Impacts and Recommendations

This jointly published briefing addresses the unique situation of children who have a parent(s) in prison, or may be living in prison with their mother during the coronavirus pandemic. These children already face a range of specific rights considerations, many of which have been exacerbated by the global pandemic. This briefing provides both impacts and […]

Languages: English


Webinar launch of Global Prison Trends 2020

Prisons and justice systems are facing unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 global pandemic. At this launch event for PRI’s report, Global Prison Trends 2020, international leaders and experts addressed chronic issues that have led to this human rights and public health crisis with people in prison being so vulnerable – and critically, questioned how […]

Languages: English


Global Prison Trends 2020

PRI’s flagship publication Global Prison Trends, published alongside the Thailand Institute of Justice, was published in April 2020 – at a crucial time – as prisons worldwide are being pushed to breaking point by the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Prison Trends 2020 documents the chronic issues that have led to this human rights and public health […]

Languages: English, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish


Penal Reform International’s work in Uzbekistan in 2019 – highlights and successes

A summary of PRI’s work and achievements in Uzbekistan in 2019, on the creation of a new probation service; the development of monitoring mechanisms to prevent torture and ill-treatment in places of detention; investigating complaints and death in custody; and the role of prison staff in rehabilitation programmes and the re-socialisation of detainees. The activities […]

Languages: English


Input for the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture: “Psychological Torture and Ill-Treatment”

Penal Reform International (PRI) and Dr. Sharon Shalev, Research Associate at the University of Oxford and Independent Consultant at welcome the Special Rapporteur’s call for input for the forthcoming thematic report on “psychological torture and ill-treatment”. This submission highlights the relationship between psychological torture and ill-treatment to solitary confinement. We chose to prioritise solitary […]

Languages: English