January 15, 2020

JAIL MAIL: Ten Things You Should Know About Indian Prisons - An Analysis of NCRB’s Prison Statistics India 2018

Since 2015, CHRI analyses NCRB’s annual report - Prison Statistics India to come up with trends, major findings and a comparative commentary on certain indicators to present the status of prisons and prisoners in India.    This analysis is based on the latest Prison Statistics India 2018.

January 10, 2020

Easier Said Than Done (ESTD) Report based on the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The ESTD series, which was started in 2008, is researched and produced by CHRI’s International Advocacy and Programming (IAP) team. These reports review and monitor voting patterns and conduct of Commonwealth countries at the HRC vis-à-vis their pledges and commitments and as reflected in the human rights situations domestically.

December 18, 2019

Looking into the Haze 2019 - Second National Report on Prison Monitoring in India

Looking into the Haze 2019 is CHRI’s Second National Report on Prison Monitoring in India. This is a second watch report on the functioning of Board of Visitors (BOV) and Non Official Visitors (NOV) in Indian prisons as on 1 June 2018. The report has been prepared on the basis of RTI responses where information was received from 491 prisons of 29 states and union territories.

December 17, 2019

101 Questions on Prisons You Didn’t Know Whom to Ask

Prisons are closed spaces. Very little information is available on the daily lives and routines of prisoners. Additionally, very few people are interested in learning about the details of prison life unless they find themselves in one. This may mean that for many, questions they have on prisons, sparked either by curiosity or necessity, are often left unanswered.

December 04, 2019


This User Guide explains the mandate of Police Complaints Authorities in Maharashtra and how to access them.

November 13, 2019


This year we celebrated the 25th Legal Services Day on 9th November 2019. Over the last 25 years, NALSA has taken a number of steps to extend the coverage and ambit of legal services. Additionally, to keep up with the changing times, NALSA as well as SLSAs across the country have been trying to make themselves visible and accessible to the populace with campaigns and awareness programmes.

November 13, 2019

Urgent Action Desk

In response to suggestions received from the participants of the Roundtable Consultation with Key Stakeholders on Strangers to Justice. CHRI has established an Urgent Action Desk, in order to facilitate consular access, contact with family, legal representation, repatriation and transfer of prisoners under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 2003.

November 13, 2019

International Legal Aid Group (ILAG) Newsletter No.46

Our programme head prison reforms programme, attended the International Legal Aid Group Conference in Ottawa, Canada in June 2019. She summarises the proceedings in this piece published in the ILAG Newsletter No.

November 12, 2019

CHRI, CSNSR in Odisha launch new report on Crime and Policing

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Centre for the Sustainable Use of Natural and Social Resources (CSNSR) have launched "The State of Crime and Policing in Odisha: Results of a Study Conducted in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jajpur and Kandhamal​” on 7th November 2019 at the Press Club, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

November 12, 2019

Legal Aid Services IN Correctional Homes of West Bengal - Second Watch Report

This study documents the status of legal aid services in West Bengal based on the evaluation of data received from correctional homes on the compliance and implementation of various schemes and directives of NALSA, State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), and the WBSLSA. The data covers the period between 1 January and 31 December 2017.