Women in Prison

This volume explores the first international instrument on the needs of women in prison, the 2010 UN Bangkok Rules.
Piet Hein van Kempen, Maartje Krabbe
International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation
book | published | 1st edition
March 2017 | xl + 918 pp.


ISBN 9781780684215

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Women are a rapidly growing minority in prisons. Prison systems, however, have always been determined by the behaviour of men. The 2010 UN Bangkok Rules form a body of rules that is specifically aimed at the needs of women in prison. Being the first international instrument on this subject, the Bangkok Rules can be considered a milestone. Thus this volume focuses on the topic of women in prison in general, and on the Bangkok Rules in particular. The volume comprises an introductory chapter, seven thematic chapters, and 23 chapters dedicated to individual countries around the world. Themes discussed in these chapters include, among others, the (international) human rights framework applicable to women in prison, statistics and criminological factors relevant to women in prison, and the actual conditions of women in prison worldwide. An extensive collection of expert knowledge, this volume intends to highlight both good practice in the context of women in prison and the many challenges that lie ahead.


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International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation

The International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IPPF) has a long history and can trace its roots back to 1872. It aims to promote studies in the field of the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders, especially by scientific research, publications, teaching and international colloquiums. The IPPF’s members are from around the world, are recognized experts in penal and penitentiary matters, and are either high judges, high officials of the prison system, or university professors. Recent publications of the IPPF regard, e.g., Prison policy and prisoners’ rights, Minorities and cultural diversity in prison, and the Implementation of prison sentences and aspects of security.

Les activités de la FIPP La Fondation internationale pénale et pénitentiaire (FIPP) est une institution vénérable dont les origines remontent à 1872. Elle vise à promouvoir les études dans le domaine de la prévention de la criminalité et le traitement des délinquants, plus particulièrement en menant des recherches scientifiques, en éditant des publications, des cours et par l’organisation de colloques internationaux. La FIPP compte des membres dans le monde entier, tous experts reconnus dans les matières pénale et pénitentiaire : hauts magistrats, hauts fonctionnaires du système pénitentiaire ou professeurs d’université. La FIPP a entre autres récemment publié Politiques pénitentiaires et droits des détenus, Minorités et diversité culturelle en prison, et L’exécution des sanctions privatives de liberté et les impératifs de la sécurité.

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