Corrections and Prisons Association
is the site of the International Corrections and Prisons Association.
The ICPA is an organization of criminal justice professions
from a number of countries and provides a forum to share ideas
and practices aimed at advancing professional corrections. Its
president is Ole Ingstrup, the former Commissioner of the Corrections
Service of Canada. The site contains the correction legislation
for a number of countries including Canada, the Czech Republic,
New Zealand and South Africa and the site has a number of useful
research links. For example, there is a link to the United Nations
site where you can find the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment
of Prisons and the Declaration against Torture and other Cruel,
Inhuman of Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the site of Her
Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales,
as well as links to the prison services of a number of countries
including Belgium, Finland, Scotland, Sweden and New Zealand.
There are also links to a number of non-governmental associations
involved in corrections and human rights both in North America
and other parts of the world.
Centre for Prison Studies
is the Website for the International Centre for Prison Studies,
based at Kings College, London. The International Centre,
founded in 1997, seeks to assist governments and other relevant
agencies to develop appropriate policies on prisons and the
use of imprisonment. Its aims are to develop a body of
knowledge, based on international covenants and instruments,
about the principles on which the use of imprisonment should
be based, which can be used as a sound foundation for policies
on prison issues and to build up a resource network
for the spread of best practice in prison management worldwide
to which prison administrators can turn for practical advise
on how to manage prison systems which are just, decent, humane
and cost effective. A useful feature of this site is the
World Prison Brief, which is the first online resource to offer
a comprehensive database of information on the prison system
over 200 countries.
is the website of Penal Reform International, a non-governmental
organization founded in London in 1989. PRI has members in five
continents in over 80 countries. The site is an excellent source
of information on prison systems worldwide and the PRIs
publications include their annual reports, manuals and policy
documents. The manuals include Making Standards Work
and an international handbook on good prison practice which
is available from this website.
Criminal Justice Library
is the site of the World Criminal Justice Library, an electronic
network whose mission is to develop specific ways of sharing
services and criminal justice information on a global scale.
From this site you can access library catalogues on the internet,
online periodicals, new publications and research reports on
criminal justice as well as linking to government and non-governmental
criminal justice sites around the world (although many of these
sites are in the countries official language).