Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment: interview with Catherine Heard, ICPR

04 May 2017

In this 20 minute podcast, Catherine Heard, Director of ICPR’s World Prison Research Programme, discusses highlights from our March 2017 report looking at disparities in prison use in ten countries across all five continents.


New ICPR report describes vast disparities in use of imprisonment in 10 countries around the world

15 Mar 2017

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 intern blogs about Colloquium on Risk and Vulnerability in Prison Populations – a Global Crisis

01 Dec 2016

On 21 October, the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, in collaboration with the Institute for Criminal Policy Research hosted a colloquium to discuss Risk and Vulnerability in Prison Populations. Carmel Kavanagh, an intern at the ICPR, reflects on the discussion, which you can read here

International Prison News Digest Issue 35

16 Nov 2016

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.

By clicking on the hyperlinks, you can access the news articles in their original form.