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International prison policy development instrument

International Centre For Criminal Law Reform And Criminal Justice Policy
1st Edition, July 2001

This document has been designed as a tool to assist countries in their development and/or review of prison policies regardless of region or culture. It is of course recognized that the instrument may be of more value and relevance to developing countries, many of whose systems remain in a state of transition or progressive development.

The manual provides the basis for correctional policy development in six key areas including: administration, case management, inmates rights, security, health and discipline.

In addition to the proposed policy and applicable references to International standards and instruments, the document entitled: Towards Improved Corrections, A Strategic Framework has been incorporated into the manual.

The Centre was established in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1991 at the initiative of the Canadian government. Its founding partners are the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. Affiliated with the United Nations, it is one of two interregional institutes in the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. The Centre's mission is to promote the rule of law, human rights, democracy and good governance. It fulfills its purpose by contributing to local, national and international efforts to support law reform initiatives and to improve the administration of criminal justice. The Centre supports and contributes to the policies and activities of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, and assists with the achievement of Canadian Foreign Policy objectives.

The International Centre conducts research and policy analysis, undertakes the development and delivery of technical assistance programs and provides public information, consultation and education relating to the international field of criminal law, criminal justice policy and crime prevention issues. Further, the Centre facilitates the exchange of information and expertise to support the government of Canada in both its national and foreign policy objectives in the areas of crime prevention, criminal justice and human rights.