The presence of complete, accurate and accessible prisoner files is not only a prerequisite for effective prison management and strategic planning, it is also an essential tool for ensuring the human rights of prisoners are respected and upheld.
The present Handbook is aimed at those who hold the responsibility for people in custody. It demonstrates the importance of effective prisoner file management through illustrating the consequences of poor or non-existent management; outlines the key international human rights standards that apply to prisoner and detainee file management; and summarises the key requirements of prison system in relation to prisoner and detainee file management in order to meet international human rights standards.
The handbook was prepared by Penal Reform International (PRI) for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
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