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.

May 28, 2020

Menstrual Hygiene & You

Following our interactions with women prisoners in Haryana, Punjab and Karnataka, we realised the need for creating awareness about good menstrual hygiene practices among women prisoners. These posters that are currently available in English, Hindi and Punjabi will be shared with prisons across the country for display inside prisons.

May 28, 2020

Recommendations on Ensuring Menstrual Hygiene in Prisons

Earlier this year, we worked with Boondh, an organisation working in the field of menstrual health management, to conduct awareness sessions for women prisoners in Mysore (Karnataka) and Ludhiana (Punjab). These sessions have helped us develop a list of recommendations for menstrual health management in Indian prisons.

April 29, 2020


This issue of Jail Mail provides a brief overview of the questions on prisons and prisoners raised by the Members of Parliament in the Winter Session of 2019 (which started on 18th November 2019 and ended on 13th December 2019) and the Budget Session of 2020 (The first part was from 31st January 2020 to 11th February 2020.

April 14, 2020

CHRI's Note on COVID – 19 and the Role of Undertrial Review Committees

In continuation of our earlier note to assist the Supreme Court constituted High Powered Committees, this note is prepared by CHRI to assist the district-level Undertrial Review Committee (UTRC) to coordinate effectively with the legal service providers, prison and police authorities in ensuring that the directions of the High Powered Committee are implemented efficiently in the prisons falling in

April 14, 2020

CHRI’s Note to assist the Supreme Court constituted ‘High Powered Committee’ for release of prisoners amid COVID-19

With the endeavour to assist the state governments and prison departments, this note is prepared by CHRI to assist the high powered committees set up in each state/UT by the Hon’ble Supreme Court “to determine which class of prisoners can be released on parole or on interim bail for such period as may be thought appropriate.

April 13, 2020

Undertrial Review Committees: Setup & Functioning In West Bengal Second Watch Report

CHRI's report titled Undertrial Review Committees: Setup & Functioning in West Bengal - Second Watch Report documents responses received from 37 Correctional Homes in West Bengal and provides information regarding the functioning of UTRCs. The data pertains to the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Our previous watch report can be found here.