February 20, 2018

JAIL MAIL: Beyond Prison Walls – Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights

CHRI, in collaboration with Tihar Prisons, Bureau of Police Research & Development and Delhi School of Social Work,  organized a one-day seminar, ‘Beyond Prison Walls – Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights’ for prison inmates to freely interact with the justice system functionaries.

February 20, 2018

BEYOND PRISON WALLS - Conversation on Prisoners’ Rights

This report documents the one day seminar 'Beyond Prison Walls: Conversation on Prisoner’s Rights ' organised by Tihar prisons in collaboration with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), on 23 September 2017.

January 23, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions by Foreign Nationals in Indian Prisons

We have recently developed a pamphlet for foreign nationals detained in Indian prisons. It comprises of basic information of what to expect inside prison, information about availing legal aid, information about visits from family members, and primarily it comprises of contact details on all the embassies in India.

January 19, 2018


This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail (view here) on questions asked in the Monsoon Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in July-August 2017, the Members of Parliament asked 24 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

January 12, 2018

MONITORING PRISONS A Visitor's Guide 2010

The term ‘prison visitors’ as used in the book is not only confined to those who are part of the prison visiting system, but also represents persons who by virtue of their office, or by order of the court, or because of their interest in prison reforms, visit and monitor prisons.

November 20, 2017

CHRI's Draft Note on Video Conferencing Safeguards

The presence of an accused during his trial is a fair trial right guaranteed under the Constitution. In 2008, the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPC) was amended to introduce electronic video-linkage as an alternative method for production of an accused in court.

November 08, 2017


9th November 2017 marks the 23rd Legal Services Day. As is customary, we bring to you an update on the latest developments in legal aid in India. In the last one year NALSA has brought a slew of changes, which we believe can go a long way in improving access to legal aid in the country.

November 08, 2017

Roles & Duties of Para-Legal Volunteers on 2nd May 2017 at Patherdabi, New Collectorate Building, Howrah

The training was aimed at training the Para-Legal Volunteers appointed by the DLSA, Howrah throughout the district to man the front office of the DLSA & SDLSC, Police Stations, Correctional Homes and Block Level Offices. In the past, a few had shared their inability to understand their roles and responsibilities in carrying out their function.

October 12, 2017


The last parliament session - 'Monsoon Session' was held from 17th July to 11th August 2017. During the session, the Members of Parliament (MPs) posed questions to various ministries to seek information on the working of the government and therefore bring more accountability. This session saw MPs pose 24 questions on prisons and prisoners.

September 14, 2017

Prison Legal Aid Clinics in West Bengal: Bringing Justice Closer?

NALSA Standard Operating Procedures for Representation of Persons in Custody 2016 mandates setup of Prison Legal Aid Clinics in prisons across India. This study documents the functioning of the prison legal aid clinics in a few correctional homes in West Bengal.