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Tools and Publications

UNODC develops tools for stakeholders to assist States in the implementation of the UN standards and norms. They include a variety of handbooks, training curriculums and model laws which provide guidance to United Nations agencies, governments and individuals at each stage of criminal justice reform.

An overview of all the handbooks and manuals that the Justice Section develops is available in  English, French and  Spanish

Standards & Norms on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

  • Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice is available in full, or in part  here in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish. The full version of the Compendium is also available in  Portuguese and  Farsi, however, please note the Portuguese and Farsi versions are not official UN translations.
  • UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice for Peacekeepers  EnglishFrench, Spanish
  • UN Criminal Justice Standards for UN police  EnglishFrench
  • Addendum to the Standards of Professional Responsibilities and Statement of the Essential Duties and Rights of Prosecutors: Compilation of comments received from Member States,  English
  • Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice  EnglishArabicChineseFrenchRussianSpanish
  • United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules)  EnglishArabicChineseFrenchRussian, Spanish
  • United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems  English , Arabic , Chinese , French , Russian, Spanish , NEW!

Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit

The  Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit is a standardized and cross-referenced set of tools designed to enable United Nations agencies, government officials engaged in criminal justice reform, as well as other organizations and individuals to conduct comprehensive assessments of criminal justice systems. The purpose of such assessments being to identify areas of technical assistance required and to assist in training on these issues.

The Tools have been grouped within criminal justice system sectors: Policing; Access to Justice; Custodial and Non-Custodial Measures; and Cross-Cutting Issues.

Criminal Justice

  • Enhancing Criminal Justice Reform, including Restorative Justice  English
  • Criminal Justice Reform in Post-Conflict States: A Guide for Practitioners  English
  • Further information is available on the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy's  website

Crime Prevention

  • Training Manual on Policing Urban Space  EnglishSpanish
  • Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space  English French Portuguese
  • Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders English, FrenchSpanish
  • Crime Prevention Assessment tool  EnglishFrenchSpanish, Portuguese
  • Handbook on the Crime Prevention Guidelines - Making them Work  English, French, SpanishPortuguese
  • Handbook on Crime Prevention in Southern Africa and the Caribbean Regions  English
  • Practical Approaches to Urban Crime Prevention  English
  • Strategies and Best Practices for Crime Prevention, in particular in relation to Urban Crime and Youth at Risk  English
  • Further information is available on the International Center for the Prevention of Crime's  website

Police reform

Prosecution Services

  • Addendum to International Association of Prosecutors Standard  English

Access to legal defence and legal aid

  • Handbook on Access to Legal Aid in Africa  English
  • Survey Report on Access to legal Aid in Africa  English
  • Child Friendly Legal Aid in Africa (UNICEF, UNDP, UNODC) English , French

Prison reform and alternatives to imprisonment

  • Handbook of basic principles and promising practices on Alternatives to Imprisonment  EnglishFrench, Spanish
  • Handbook for Prison Leaders  Arabic , English, Spanish (Unofficial Translation), French
  • Handbook on Prisoner File Management  Arabic, EnglishFrench, Spanish (Unofficial Translation).
  • Handbook on Prisoners With Special Needs,  EnglishSpanish
  • Handbook for Prison Managers and Policymakers on Women and Imprisonment  EnglishRussianSpanish (Unofficial Translation), Turkish
  • Training Material on HIV/AIDS Prevention in Prison Settings (forthcoming)
  • Afghanistan: Implementing Alternatives to Imprisonment, in line with International Standards and National Legislation  English
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support in Prison Settings - a framework for an effective national response  English
  • UNODC Prison Reform Concept Note  English
  • Handbook on the International Transfer of Sentenced Persons  English NEW!
  • Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders English,   FrenchSpanish NEW!

Restorative Justice

Justice for Children

  • Handbook for Professionals and Policymakers on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime  ArabicChineseEnglish, FrenchRussianSpanish
  • Guidelines on Justice in Matters Involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime  English
  • United Nations Guidelines on Justice in Matters involving child victims and witnesses of crime Online Training  English
  • Justice in Matters Involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime: Model Law and Related Commentary EnglishSpanishFrench
  • Criteria for the Design and Evaluation of Juvenile Justice Reform Programmes  EnglishFrenchSpanish, Russian NEW!
  • Child-friendly version of the UN Guidelines on Justice in Matters Involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime  ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
  • Guidance Note of the Secretary-General: UN Approach to Justice for Children  English
  • Child Friendly Legal Aid in Africa  English French
  • UNODC/UNICEF Manual for the Measurement of juvenile justice indicators  EnglishFrenchSpanish, Russian
  • Capacity Building in the Area of Child Justice (the Child Justice Project) South Africa, 2003,  English
  • Strengthening Legislative and Institutional Capacity for Juvenile Justice and Support to the Juvenile Justice System in Lebanon, 2005  EnglishArabic
  • Protecting the Rights of Children in Conflict with the Law, 2005  EnglishArabicFrenchSpanish

Gender in the Criminal Justice System

Victims

  • Guide for policy makers on the Implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims and Abuse of Power  English
  • Handbook on Justice for Victims on the use and application of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims and Abuse of Power  English
  • Intergovernmental Expert Group Meeting to review and update the Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Bangkok, 23-26 March 2009  English