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Guidance to address the risks that people in prison face relating to COVID-19

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Fair and effective criminal justice

We develop fair and effective criminal justice through practical programmes and systemic reform. Our ambition is to see criminal justice systems that uphold human rights for all and do no harm, to allow the development of safe societies.

Key international rules and standards

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    The Nelson Mandela Rules

    The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) from 1957 were revised in 2015 by the UN. The Rules set out the minimum standards for the treatment of people in prison and for good prison management.

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    The Bangkok Rules

    The UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules) give guidance to reduce unnecessary imprisonment of women, and to meet the specific needs of women who are imprisoned.

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    The Tokyo Rules

    The UN Standard Minimum Rules for Non-custodial Measures (the Tokyo Rules) provide a set of basic principles to promote the use of non-custodial measures and sanctions, as well as minimum safeguards for persons subject to alternatives to imprisonment.

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