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Creating a knowledge base

This recognises the need to provide a set of internationally accessible reference points for practical prison reform. All too frequently until now those who wish to implement such reform have had to begin with a blank sheet of paper, feeling their way by a process of trial and error.

As a means of helping them, ICPS set out to develop what is sometimes called the knowledge base for the whole subject of imprisonment, good prison practice and alternatives to prison. Starting from the international covenants and standards which have been agreed by governments, a body of reference texts and examples of good practice is being put together and published in a form which can be easily used.