In this searing documentary film, former prisoners, prison guard whistle-blowers and an investigative journalist paint a shocking picture of South Africa's first privatized prison, Mangaung, in Bloemfontein.
Catherine Heard, Director of ICPR's World Prison Research Programme, has spoken to Omar Phoenix Khan for his Justice Focus podcast.
Catherine discusses real world use of comparative criminology and our project "Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment in ten countries."
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Since its launch in September 2000, the World Prison Brief (hosted and published by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, at Birkbeck) has become a gem of a resource – a completely unique database, giving open access to a wealth of information on prison systems worldwide. It now provides data on almost every country in the world.
It’s 20 years today since the World Prison Brief (WPB) website was launched.
Sentencing people who are convicted of a criminal offence is complex business.
Well over three million people are held in pre-trial detention and other forms of remand imprisonment throughout the world, according to the latest edition of the World Pre-trial/Remand Imprisonment List (WPTRIL), published today by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London.
We are compiling a list of news articles, guidance and other resources from around the world on COVID-19 and prisons. This will be updated regularly.