Overcrowding, inhumane and degrading detention conditions and disproportionate harm to marginalised groups are some of the consequences of the rapid, unrelenting growth of imprisonment worldwide, according to Prison: Evidence of its use and over-use from around the world, published today [16 March] by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London, and the NGO, Fair Trials.
ICPR has produced the thirty seventh issue of the International Prison News Digest, a selection of news items from around the world on prison and the use of imprisonment. The Digest is produced bi-monthly and this issue covers the period from 1 January to 28 February 2017.
Around three million people are held in pre-trial detention and other forms of remand imprisonment throughout the world, new report published by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research shows.
Lessons from abroad for justice reform
Today sees the publication of two briefings authored by Jessica Jacobson and Helen Fair of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck. The briefings highlight learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) Prison Reform Fellowships, which have a particular focus on prison reform across the world.
The briefings can be downloaded here
ICPR has produced the thirty fifth issue of the International Prison News Digest, a selection of news items from around the world on prison and the use of imprisonment. The Digest is produced bi-monthly and this issue covers the period from 1 September to 31 October 2016.
In this and future editions of the Digest, we are grouping news items regionally, rather than thematically.
We aim in the Digest to cover all regions of the world and include new developments in policy and practice, as well as information from official and intergovernmental bodies.
Important new publication proposes radical re-think on the use of imprisonment worldwide and offers alternative model for the future.
This book by authors Andrew Coyle, Helen Fair, Jessica Jacobson and Roy Walmsley of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London, provides a comprehensive account of prison populations around the world and analyses recent trends in the use of 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.
Information on prison population levels prior to 1980 has been added to the World Prison Brief. Such figures are shown for 66 countries; for 21 of these the data goes back to 1950.
Readers who have access to additional information on pre-1980 levels, including such information for additional countries, are asked to contact us so that we can make available a more comprehensive record of such levels.