World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Welcome

 

The World Prison Brief is an online database comprising information on prisons and the use of imprisonment around the world. World Prison Brief data are available here.   

The World Prison Brief was formerly hosted by the International Centre for Prison Studies, which was founded in 1997 for the purposes of conducting research on prisons and imprisonment; developing and disseminating knowledge about how imprisonment should be used; and contributing to improved policy and practice in prisons across the world.  Publications produced by the International Centre for Prison Studies, alongside the World Prison Brief, are available on this website; these include the prisons handbook, A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management.

In November 2014, the Centre merged with the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London. The Institute for Criminal Policy Research provides a home within which the Centre’s work on the World Prison Brief and other research and project-based activities will continue to grow and develop.  

New ICPR book “Imprisonment Worldwide: The Current Situation and an Alternative Future

This book provides a comprehensive account of prison populations around the world and analyses recent trends in imprisonment. Imprisonment Worldwide also provides commentary on what is an ethical approach to the use of imprisonment, and how this can be sustained in ever more challenging social, economic and political environments. The authors propose a radical re-think on the use of imprisonment across the globe and offer an alternative vision for the future.

Imprisonment Worldwide: The Current Situation and an Alternative Future is available from the Policy Press website (£7.99 when ordered direct from Policy Press). It is also available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

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