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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.

February 03, 2022

Jail Mail - Ten Things You Should Know About Indian Prisons 2020: Based on NCRB's PSI 2020

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released the latest prison statistics for the year 2020 recently. In this Jail Mail, we share with you our in-depth analysis of the Prison Statistics India 2020. Along with the key findings and trends on the ten most pressing issues on prisons and prisoners, the note sheds light on the impact of COVID-19 on prison statistics for the year 2020.

December 31, 2021

Responding to the Pandemic: Documenting Services by Legal Services Institutions

This report documents the efforts undertaken by the Legal Services Institutions during the nation-wide lockdown imposed by the Indian government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 26, 2021

JAIL MAIL- Lessons learnt from the Pandemic: Ensure Right to Adequate Healthcare in Prisons

In this Jail Mail, we analyse the response of Indian prisons in ensuring the right to adequate healthcare  during the pandemic. We look at specific  examples of where states failed to take  affirmative action as well as some good practices. We also enumerate the lessons learnt and outline areas for prioritisation by state governments and prison departments.

November 09, 2021

JAIL MAIL – Legal Services Day 2021

On the occasion of Legal Services Day 2021 celebrated each year on 9th November, we bring to you updates on the latest developments in legal aid delivery in India in the last year through this jail mail.

July 19, 2021

JAIL MAIL : Nelson Mandela Day 2021

The UN General Assembly in its resolution revising the UN Standard Minimum Rules for Treatment of Prisoners 1955, accepted 18th July as the Nelson Mandela International Day and extended its scope to promote human condition of imprisonment.