June 04, 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.

May 13, 2019

Legal Aid for Prisoners: Status Report on the Implementation of Three Schemes in Rajasthan 2019

This report is a follow up on CHRI’s 2016 report titled “Legal Aid for Prisoners: Status Report on the Implementation of Three Schemes in Rajasthan”.

April 28, 2019

​A Report on Excessive Delay of Cases and Prolonged Pre-trial Detentions​

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Africa Office has since 2008 been implementing a project dubbed the “Justice Centers Project” to promote increased access to justice and protection of the human rights of the poor and indigent within the criminal justice system in Ghana and by extension West Africa.

April 04, 2019


Taking forward CHRI’s mandate and objective to make prisons more transparent, open them up to accountability, and encourage the sharing of prison data in the public domain, CHRI shares its 'Indian Prison Data Map'.

March 05, 2019


The Interim Budget Session of the Parliament was held from 31 January 2019 to 13 February 2019 with 10 sittings. This short session witnessed 23 questions on prisons and prisoners on a variety of topics including Prison Infrastructure, Deaths in Prisons, Implementation of Model Prison Manual, Foreign National Prisoners (FNP) in India, Indian Nationals in Foreign Prisons and Shelter Homes.

January 18, 2019


This newsletter is in continuation of our previous jail mail on the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Winter Session had 17 sittings between 11 December 2018 and 8 January 2019; it saw 32 questions on prisons on a variety of issues such as deaths in custody, torture, legal aid, Indian nationals in foreign custody, and prison conditions, among other things.

January 15, 2019

Strangers to Justice: A report on foreigners in Indian prisons

This report documents and examines the challenges faced by foreign national prisoners (FNPs) in India. While prisoners, in general, are vulnerable due to asymmetrical power dynamics and the closed nature of places of detention, this report is an effort to understand the special vulnerability of foreign nationals stemming from their non-Indian nationality or statelessness.

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

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.