Global Prison Trends is Penal Reform International’s annual flagship report, published with the Thailand Institute of Justice, identifying the key trends and challenges in prison systems worldwide.
Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, despite repeated calls to reduce prison populations since the onset of the crisis, the global prison population has reached an all-time high. Global Prison Trends 2022 exposes that, rather than a decrease in prison numbers, many governments are instead increasing prison capacity, with a significant expansion in the global prison estate in the past year.
At the online launch full new findings and reflections from key human rights and prisons experts from around the world were shared.
Opening address: Hon. Justice Imani Daud Aboud, President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Global Prison Trends 2022 – key trends and messages from the report: Tríona Lenihan, Policy and International Advocacy Manager, Penal Reform International
Challenges and impact of inadequate clean water and sanitation in prisons: Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation (video message)
Discussion of key trends and messages:
- Madhurima Dhanuka, Head of Prison Reforms Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
- Adel Dabwan, Head of Penal Reform International in Yemen and Board member of Together for Human Rights
- Marvin Mutch, prison reform activist and co-founder of the Humane Prison Hospice Project, who spent 41 years in prison in the US for a wrongful conviction
- Dr. Phiset Sa-ardyen, Executive Director, Thailand Institute of Justice
- Olivia Rope, Executive Director, Penal Reform International
Moderated by Sabrina Mahtani, Human rights lawyer and Co-Founder of Women Beyond Walls
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