July 03, 2020

Implementation of Supreme Court Directives on Police Reforms (2006) : Tamil Nadu as of July 2020

This note summarises the components of each directive as given by the Supreme Court, followed by a brief analysis of the level of compliance  by the State of Tamil Nadu with each directive in the Tamil Nadu Police (Reforms) Act, 2013.

July 01, 2020

Rights on Arrest and Detention

This brief note lists the legal rights guaranteed to every arrested person. These are contained in the Constitution of India and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). The police are bound to uphold these rights. In fact, compliance with them forms part of the lawful procedure to arrest.

June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter: Commonwealth nations must address local prejudices – CHRI

Melbourne/ New Delhi /Accra / London Commonwealth nations need to recognise and address issues of systemic discrimination and unequal treatment in their own jurisdictions, with a sharp focus on policing and criminal justice systems, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has said.

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.