Publications


December 13, 2018

JAIL MAIL: Human Rights Day 2018 -Prison Reforms: “Has anything changed on the ground?”

On the 70th Human Rights Day, celebrated to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), CHRI  reviewed the critical issues which were deliberated on during the last six years in the 'Re Inhuman Conditions in 1382 jails' of this case. This Jail Mail summary of the significant directives given by the court.

November 28, 2018

JAIL MAIL: KEY TO TRANSPARENCY: CHRI’S GUIDEBOOK ON RTI AND PRISONS

In October this year, India completed 13 years of having ushered in a progressive law, the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, which empowered Indian citizens to seek access to vital information necessary for the democratic functioning of our nation.

November 28, 2018

Key to Transparency - Your Guide to using the Right to Information Act, 2005, to collect data about Indian Prisons

Based on our experiences, and to assist researchers, academicians, civil society organisations and other interested members of the society, CHRI has prepared this handbook for facilitating access to information on prisons by using the Right to Information Act 2005.

November 14, 2018

JAIL MAIL- LEGAL SERVICES DAY- LOOKING BACK AT AN EVENTFUL YEAR 2018

9th November 2018 marks the 24th Legal Services Day.  As is customary, we bring to you updates on the latest developments in legal aid in India. In the past year, NALSA has introduced a slew of changes in the administration of legal aid which we believe can go a long way in not only improving access but also quality of legal aid services in the country.

November 13, 2018

Ten things about Legal Aid

“Access to justice is the most basic human right” and there must be emphasis upon the need for competent legal aid lawyers providing effective legal representation. There are 1,401 jails in India and each jail should have a legal aid clinic. CHRI received information through RTIs on existence and functioning of jail legal aid clinics (JLACs) from 659 jails.

October 05, 2018

JAIL MAIL: SAFEGUARDING RIGHTS OF THE ARRESTED

October 2nd is a day about respecting the rule of law and the fundamentals of a democratic and just society, just as Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri had envisioned. To further the need to protect and safeguard the rights of accused persons, CHRI puts forth two publications.

September 18, 2018

HOPE BEHIND BARS? STATUS REPORT ON LEGAL AID FOR PERSONS IN CUSTODY

This National Legal Aid Report has been prepared based on responses received from Right to Information Applications  from 24 states and 5 union territories. The report is divided into two volumes.

September 10, 2018

Recommendations on Legal Aid at Police Station

Prompt access to legal advice and assistance is the key to guaranteeing a fair trial and the rule of law.2 The first few hours of contact with the criminal justice system are among the most crucial for those arrested and/or detained. In this context, discussions around possible models of legal aid at police station are of prime importance.

September 04, 2018

Legal Aid at Police Stations

The early phase of the criminal justice process is the most crucial period for those arrested or detained for an offence. Presence of a lawyer at this phase is important to safeguard the rights accorded to them.

July 20, 2018

JAIL MAIL: NELSON MANDELA DAY

On Nelson Mandela Day, CHRI through this Jail Mail intends to raise awareness around issues relating to minimum standards which must be adhered to when incarcerating prisoners.