Understanding and reducing the use of imprisonment in ten countries


This international research and policy project examines the use of imprisonment in ten contrasting jurisdictions across all five continents. It aims to advance understanding of the factors that drive high levels of imprisonment and help develop the capacity of civil society and governmental organisations to surmount barriers to reform. To achieve these aims, we work closely with local and international NGOs and other stakeholders to highlight the economic and social harms of excessive use of imprisonment and to devise and disseminate workable strategies for reducing the resort to custody.

The ICPR project team includes Helen Fair, Catherine Heard and Jessica Jacobson. The project has benefited from financial support from the Open Society Foundations and from pro bono legal support from Clifford Chance.

The project’s first publication was the March 2017 report, Prison: Evidence of its use and overuse from around the world.

The project was launched in early 2017 and is expected to conclude in 2020.

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