September 09, 2020

Hope Behind Bars? An Assessment Of Changes in Provision of Legal Aid For Persons in Custody, 2018 - 2020

This report marks the two-year anniversary of the public release of CHRI’s Hope behind Bars? - Status Report on Legal Aid for Persons in Custody, 2018. This report is an effort to analyse the changes that have been brought in by NALSA and improvements in implementation undertaken by SLSAs to improve access to legal services for persons in custody in India.

September 04, 2020

Ten Things You Should know about Indian Prisons- An Analysis of Prison Statistics India 2019

Ten things you should know about Indian Prisons is an annual publication of CHRI since 2015, that highlights trends and major findings from the National Crime Records Bureau's (NCRB) annual statistical report - Prison Statistics India.  This analysis is based on the latest Prison Statistics India 2019.

August 19, 2020

Under Trial Review Committees and You

This poster explains the working of Undertrial Review Committees (UTRCs) in a simplified form. It aims to assist prisoners in understanding the functioning of the committee. It also mentions the categories of prisoners mandated to be reviewed by UTRC.  The poster is available in Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada and Tamil.

July 23, 2020

Report of the National Consultation on Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response to COVID-19

Madhya Pradesh Prisons and Correctional Services and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) jointly organised the National Consultation on Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response to COVID-19 on the 20th of June, 2020.

July 21, 2020

Legal Aid & Children

Every child confined in a child care institution has a right to access free legal aid, regardless of being a child in conflict with law or in need of care and protection. This poster provides in a simple manner basic information on accessing legal aid by children.

July 18, 2020


On 102nd birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, CHRI through this Jail Mail intends to emphasise on the need for effective monitoring of prisons. As COVID-19 spreads, there is a need for robust prison oversight to check effective response to COVID-19 in prisons and that rights of prisoners are not compromised in the guise of fighting the pandemic.

June 22, 2020

World Refugee Day 2020 - Every Action Counts

This 20th June - on World Refugee Day - CHRI through its Jail Mail seeks to reiterate that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to the society and every action counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive and equal world.

June 15, 2020

Checklist For Monitoring Prisons based on The Ministry Of Home Affair’s ‘Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Handling Arrested Persons, Detainees and Inmates During the Pandemic’

CHRI has prepared a Checklist for prison administrators to follow and monitor the minimum standards of administrative preparedness, the establishment of a precautionary framework and handling of suspected/confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

June 05, 2020

Handbook of Formats: Ensuring Effective Legal Services

The Handbook has been prepared by CHRI, in collaboration with the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), India. The Handbook is an important step towards improving the quality of legal services in India and aims to strengthen NALSA's internal processes of documentation and reporting mechanisms and enable provision of effective, efficient and quality legal services.

May 28, 2020


28th May is celebrated as Menstrual Hygiene Day across the world. Started by the initiative of WASH United in 2014, it aims to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene management. In this jail mail, we raise issues pertaining to menstrual hygiene of women prisoners in India by highlighting our observations and recommendations regarding this.