May 22, 2023

Jail Mail: Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Week

28th May is celebrated as ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ every year worldwide to highlight the importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). 'Periods in Prisons' is an overlooked issue.

May 03, 2023

Periods in Prison - A Short Report on Menstrual Hygiene Management in India’s Women Prisons

This report highlights the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) standards and practices in women prisons in the country. The report is prepared based on the responses received from 11 prisons from 7 states across the country. The study was conducted between June 2021 and September 2021.

February 13, 2023

Jail Mail Prison Reforms in Karnataka: Our Impact Story

This Jail Mail shares a positive story of reform in prisons of Karnataka - an example of successful collaboration between the prison department, State Legal Services Authority and civil society to initiate sustainable reforms within prisons.

January 23, 2023

Inside Punjab Prisons

The report, ‘Inside Punjab Prisons’, is a detailed study on the condition of prisons in Punjab commissioned by the Punjab State Legal Services Authority (PULSA) to CHRI in 2018.

December 30, 2022

Inside Karnataka Prisons

This Report - ‘Inside Karnataka Prisons’ in two volumes, is a prison-wise comprehensive review of the prison conditions, which the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) commissioned CHRI to undertake in compliance with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

June 21, 2022

Message from the Chair of our International Board on the Release of CHRI’s CHOGM 2022 Report

The presumption of innocence, as affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of the most fundamental human rights principles. Yet, of the 1.5 million prisoners detained across the Commonwealth more than 0.5 million are pre-trial detainees. In at least 15 countries pre-trial detainees form more than half of the total prison population.

May 25, 2022

Jail Mail: Prisons and Parliament – Budget Session 2022

This Jail Mail on Prisons and Parliament brings to you summaries of responses tabled in the Parliament, in the Budget Session 2022, on questions relating to prisons and prisoners. The Budget Session 2022 began on 31st January 2022 and concluded on 7th April 2022. The session was held in two parts with a recess in between from 12th February till 13th March.

March 17, 2022

Jail Mail: Prisons and Parliament - Monsoon & Winter Session 2021

This Jail Mail on Prisons and Parliament brings to you the summaries of responses tabled in the parliament on questions relating to prisons and prisoners, in the last two sessions of 2021: Monsoon and Winter Session 2021. The Monsoon session of Parliament began on 19th July, 2021 and concluded on 11th August, 2021 with a total of 17 sittings spread over a period of four weeks.

March 07, 2022

Study on Functioning of Undertrial Review Committees - From April to June 2020

The report analyses the functioning of UTRCs from 1st April to 30th June 2020 across India based on the information provided by the State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs) on their district-wise UTRC meetings and minutes of UTRC meetings of 58 districts spread across 15 states. The report also documents good practices and concerns in the working of UTRCs.

February 08, 2022

Ten Things You Should Know About Indian Prisons CHRI’s Analysis of Prison Statistics India 2020

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) releases annual;statistics on Indian prisons. Prison Statistics India 2020 is the latest report on prisons released by NCRB. CHRI has prepared an analytical note highlighting key findings and trends on the ten most pressing issues on prisons and prisoners. This note also sheds light on the impact of COVID-19 on prison statistics for the year 2020.