UNODC’s crime prevention and criminal justice projects aim to promote the application of standards, provide technical assistance to governments, and strengthen cooperation between criminal justice systems and other sectors of society.
This thematic area represents the second most important (by value) in the current EU-UNODC project portfolio and includes both multi-country and national projects in all regions of the world. Rule of law, access to justice, e-justice, alternatives to imprisonment, and preventing violence against women and children are key topics of ongoing cooperation.
Learn more about UNODC’s work on crime prevention and criminal justice reform.

STRIVE Juvenile

Strengthening the Administration of Justice and Operationalizing Alternatives to Imprisonment in Kenya – PLEAD

Supporting the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalisation to Violence in Prisons

Launched in 2021, the UNODC’s EU-funded 'STRIVE Juvenile: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Children by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups'  project partners with Indonesia, Iraq and Nigeria to develop and implement comprehensive national responses to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism affecting children. 
UNODC co-implements the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD) since 2017 as a partnership between the Government of Kenya, the European Union, the United Nations and civil society that is improving the delivery of justice services and use of alternatives to imprisonment.

This joint global initiative was launched in 2018 to strengthen the capacity of Kazakhstan, Tunisia and Uganda to address challenges posed by violent extremist prisoners in full compliance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treat of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) and other relevant international standards and norms, including from a gender perspective.