Publications


March 25, 2020

Covid-19 and Prisons: Ensuring an Effective Response

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 in India and globally, this document has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative to assist all state prison departments, judiciary, legal services institutions and other stakeholders to undertake effective measures to ensure protection of all prisoners, prison administrators and staff, prison visitors and all persons associated with

March 13, 2020

Jail Mail: International Women’s Day 8th March 2020: ‘Securing rights of women prisoners’

On International Women's Day 2020, CHRI reiterates the need for collective engagements to secure the rights of women prisoners. To achieve it, CHRI has published a user's guide – Standards Behind Bars: Securing Rights of Women Prisoners.

February 27, 2020

Legal Awareness: Poster on Steps from Arrest to Appeal

This poster depicts the stages of a criminal trial. These are available in the following languages – Bengali, Burmese, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Urdu.

February 27, 2020

Legal Awareness: Poster on Legal Aid

This poster depicts information on legal aid for prisoners.  These are available in the following languages  – Bengali, Burmese, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Urdu.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody

This poster provides a precise of the NALSA SOP on Representation of Persons in Custody 2016, and lists the responsibilities of each stakeholder. These posters are meant for circulation to paralegal volunteers, legal aid lawyers, prison officers and legal aid authorities who are linked to prison legal aid clinics. These are available in English, Hindi and Bengali.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: Visitor's Guide on Mulaqat

The poster is based on the prison rules and the interviews of some prison staff of Jodhpur with the purpose of explaining the entire process of mulaqat. It was developed to use across the prisons in Rajasthan irrespective of the variation in family visiting days and hours. The poster are also available in English and Hindi.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: 'Apnar Legal Aid' - A Play on the Right to Legal Aid of Indian Prisoners

This video focuses on the right of access to legal aid of prisoners. The story revolves around a female undertrial prisoner who doesn't have the economic means to afford a lawyer to fight her case and secure her release.

February 26, 2020

Legal awareness material: Rabeya Ya Ruksana

'Rabeya Ya Ruksana’ focuses on the issue of trafficking of women, in particular the rights of victims, to not be prosecuted as offenders. The story revolves around 3 women, Rabeya, Malati & Manjima.

February 12, 2020

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.

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.