Publications


January 03, 2019

JAIL MAIL -Prisons & Parliament Monsoon Session 2018

This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail on questions asked in the 2018 Budget Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in January-April 2018, the Members of Parliament asked 45 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

December 31, 2018

Road to Release- Fourth Watch Report on Rajasthan’s Periodic Review Committees

Rajasthan's Periodic Review Committees (PRCs) or Avadhik Samiksha Samitis, established by a government order in 1979, have been pivotal in monitoring pre-trial detention in the state.This is CHRI's fourth watch report, since 2009-10, which provides analysis of the information, received through RTI, from 21 prisons on the functioning of PRCs.

December 31, 2018

Your Guide to Using The Right to Information Act 2005 (2018)

One of the surest ways of ensuring that the RTI Act 2005 is properly implemented and serves its purpose of making the government more responsive, is for all of us to use it frequently responsibly and effectively. It is with this aim in mind that CHRI has developed this User’s Guide.

December 31, 2018

Report on Proceedings - Launch and Consultation of CHRI's National Study on Legal Aid for Persons in Custoy- Hope Behind Bars?

CHRI organised the launch and consultation for its National Report on Legal Aid for Persons in Custody – Hope Behind Bars? on 9th September 2018, in New Delhi. The report was launched by Justice (Retd.) A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice S. Muralidhar, Delhi High Court, Mr. Sanjay Hazarika, International Director CHRI, and Mr. S. S.

December 31, 2018

JAIL MAIL: IMPRISONMENT IN THE COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES

Transparency is the first step towards accountability and disclosure of information is an important part of its attainment. I n 2019, CHRI hopes to continue its work to enhance transparency and accountability. This jail mail shares an interactive map of data on imprisonment in Commonwealth countries.

December 17, 2018

Report on Roundtable on Pretrial Detention and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

On 12th April 2018, CHRI organised a round table discussion on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and pre-trial detention. This report documents the discussions that ensued.

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.