It’s 20 years today since the World Prison Brief (WPB) website was launched.
Sentencing people who are convicted of a criminal offence is complex business. The sentencing policy and practice of any given country has a significant impact on prison population and overcrowding rates, and is closely linked with the ability to provide safe, humane prison conditions in line with international standards like the UN Nelson Mandela Rules. In this blog, written for Penal Reform International, Catherine Heard, Director of the World Prison Research Programme at the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research, explores sentencing trends (and disparities) based on a study of ten countries.
Well over three million people are held in pre-trial detention and other forms of remand imprisonment throughout the world, according to the latest edition of the World Pre-trial/Remand Imprisonment List (WPTRIL), published today by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London.
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Together with two American experts, Dr Jeff Morenoff (University of Michigan at Ann Arbor) and Dr Nazgol Ghandnoosh (the Sentencing Project), Catherine discussed the evidence concerning imprisonment and its consequences for rehabilitation, recidivism, deterrence and health.