People in prison are among the most vulnerable to suffering from the negative effects of natural hazards. Despite international and national momentum to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR), its application in prison systems is often not a primary concern. In recent years, people detained and working in prisons have been injured – sometimes fatally – due to damage and destruction caused by natural hazards, exacerbated by inadequate preparations by prison authorities to ensure their safety.
In response, PRI has developed a new guide, Natural Hazards and Prisons: Protecting human rights of people in prison in disaster prevention, response and recovery. Based on primary research, this guide – the first of its kind – presents practical measures with a human rights-based approach for practitioners and frontline staff working in prison systems.
On 8 December 2021, PRI held an online launch event to discuss the key messages and recommendations of the guide, and hear from those with national and international expertise in the field of disaster risk reduction and prison management.
Opening address by Mr Morris Tidball-Binz, UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial summary or arbitrary executions
Natural hazards and prisons: key messages from the guide – Jane Rice, Strategy and Impact Manager, Penal Reform International
Frontline experience of natural hazard management in prisons – Carlos Zoe Vasquez, former President of the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), Peru
Prison labour during natural hazards – Carlee Purdum, Research Assistant Professor, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M University
Moderated by Olivia Rope, Executive Director, Penal Reform International
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