India: Human Rights and Prison Management

Start date: 
Thursday, October 1, 1998
End date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This project was a joint collaboration between ICPS and the Indian Bureau of Police Research and Development, the National Human Rights Commission, the Penal Reform and Justice Association of India and the British Council. The project was funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The aim of the project was to raise awareness of human rights amongst prison officials, and to improve prison management systems with special reference to promoting good practice and gender sensitivity in jail management. Training has been used as a tool for change initiatives in jail management. It was designed through a collaborative process between Indian and UK project partners.

The objectives of the project were:

·         to train a group of 16 key trainers from 4 states through a study of best practice in UK prisons and a two-week 'Training of Trainers' module

·         to design a 3-day Human Rights training module with appropriate training materials

·         to organise 16 x 3-day Human Rights training courses in jail training institutions and to train at least 320 officials

·         to review the outputs and impact of the training intervention through a follow-up review.

The outcome

As a result of the project the following outcomes were achieved:

·         16 trainers available as a national resource

·         320 prison staff trained

·         A human rights training module for jail officials, publication of training materials, training video

·         Documentation of training experience