Publications


November 10, 2016

CHRI's JAIL MAIL: The year that was: Taking stock on Legal Services Day

For the past 22 years India has observed the Legal Services Day on November 9. Following our jail mail marking this event last year, we bring you an update on the latest developments in legal aid.

November 09, 2016

Looking into the Haze: A Study on Prison Monitoring in India 2016

Looking into the Haze: A Study on Prison Monitoring in India is a must read for human rights activists and civil society organisations who care about a prisoner’s rights. The penal system in India is a closed institution that discourages independent monitoring leading to widespread abuse of legal and human rights among the jailed.

November 09, 2016

Circle of Justice: A National Report on Under Trial Review Committees

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s new ground-breaking report: Circle of Justice: A National Report on Under Trial Review Committees throws a sharp light on the plight of undertrials in India. Undertrials make up an astounding 67 percent of India’s prison population.

November 09, 2016

CHRI launches two reports on alarming conditions in Indian prisons

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has launched a set of unique reports  that spotlight the dismal conditions in India’s prisons. These reports underline how a lack of review has led to alarming conditions in jails–with a huge under-trial population of which a majority is poor.

October 26, 2016

A CHRI Breakdown and Commentary on National Prison Statistics

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its annual report on conditions in the country’s prisons. The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s breakdown of the NCRB figures backed up by an incisive commentary is something you won’t see elsewhere.The figures and comments in Hindi are here.

October 04, 2016

Jail mail - Revisiting Reforms Through Under Trial Review Committees

“Prison reforms have been the subject matter of discussion and decisions rendered by this Court from time to time …Unfortunately, it seems that the views of this Court over the 50 years (since Prabhakar Pandurang Sangzgiri in 1966) have continuously fallen on deaf ears and the situation does not seem to be changing even now.

October 04, 2016

EPIC- Evaluation of Prisoner Information and Cases

Under-trial prisoners constitute a significant majority of the prison population in India.However, in a huge number of cases, pre-trial detention is avoidable and unnecessary. There exist several provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (Cr.P.C.) within which release of undertrial prisoners can be sought.

June 29, 2016

Training on Prison Visiting System for Non-Official Visitors (NOVs) on 19th & 20th January, 2016 in Jaipur

The aim of this workshop was to develop the knowledge, skill and commitment of NOVs who have been appointed after a gap of 2 years.

June 22, 2016

Handbook on Referral Bodies in the Criminal Justice System: for socio-legal assistance for prisoners

Handbook on Referral Bodies in the Criminal Justice System

June 22, 2016

What is History Ticket ? - Poster

What is History Ticket ?