April 16, 2018

A Basic guide - Defending Asylum Seekers in Detention

"This pamphlet is a basic guide on defending asylum seekers in detention. It addresses the issue lawyers may face in demarcating between Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Economic Migrants. It further describes the legal framework available in India.

April 10, 2018

Flyer -Undertrial Review Committee

Prisons in India are chronically overcrowded. Sixty-seven percent of the prison population comprises undertrials – those who are awaiting or undergoing trial and not yet proven guilty. This needs repair and Under Trial Review Committee (UTRC) is one oversight mechanism which can address this.

April 10, 2018

Flyer -Legal Aid For Persons in Custody in India

71 percent of the prison population in India is either illiterate or educated below high school. Over 67 percent of these prisoners are undertrials and may continue to be held in overcrowded prisons for years. Poor public defense and under-utilization of non-custodial measures are one of the primary causes for these prolonged detentions.

March 08, 2018


On this Women’s Day, CHRI, through this Jail Mail commends the initiatives by Parliament, particularly the Committee on the Empowerment of Women to conduct studies on women in detention. The Jail Mail shares the recommendations of the committee and also a fact sheet titled ' Women Behind Bars'.

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.