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Global Prison Trends 2017

Penal Reform International


Global Prison Trends 2017 is the third edition in Penal Reform International's annual Global Prison Trends series, which identifies the topical developments and challenges in criminal justice and prison policy and practice.

Global Prison Trends 2017 is published in collaboration with the Thailand Institute of Justice, and features a foreword by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, UNODC Regional Goodwill Ambassador on the Rule of Law in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and the President of the Thailand Institute of Justice.

Global Prison Trends 2017 explores:

  • Trends in the use of imprisonment, such as pre-trial detention and life imprisonment;
  • Prison populations, such as the specific needs of women, foreign nationals and elderly prisoners;
  • Developments and challenges in prison management, including security issues and violence, prison labour, and violent extremism in prison;
  • The role of technology in the criminal justice system, such as e-learning and video visitation;
  • Prison alternatives, including the use of electronic monitoring and community service orders;
  • The report also provides 25 recommendations for states to review and improve their penal systems.

A Special Focus section looks at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to criminal justice, using examples from a range of countries to highlight specific issues and summarising why criminal justice and criminal justice reform must play a part in achieving the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda.



Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Report


Measures, Minors, Norms, Prisons


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