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.

May 27, 2020

CHRI’s Compilation of Deaths Following Alleged Police Excesses During COVID -19 Lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Through a systematic scan of newspapers, CHRI has compiled a list of 15 deaths following police action in the period of 25 March to 30 April, 2020.

May 20, 2020

CHRI Petitions NHRC to investigate 15 deaths following alleged police excesses during COVID-19 lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Unfortunately, images and reported incidents of police assaulting and humiliating people out on the street for essential and non-essential purposes have been common from the first day of the lockdown.

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