April 3, 2017

Prisoner rehabilitation: Minette Plaatjies, Department of Correctional Services, South Africa

Prison-based rehabilitation is a complex issue: while prisoners typically face a range of social, economic and personal challenges that may complicate their social reintegration into society, prisons often lack sufficient infrastructure, programmes, and resources, and may even exacerbate these problems.

In order to reduce re-offending, therefore, it is crucial to actively prepare prisoners for their successful re-settlement in society.

With this in mind, UNODC are hosting Expert Group Meetings and workshops to bring together a number of experts in a bid to encourage a comprehensive, rehabilitative approach to prison management.

We spoke with Minette Plaatjies, Director in the Department of Correctional Services in South Africa during one of these meetings to find out her thoughts.

March 29, 2017

Prisoner rehabilitation: Kumsa Gutteta, Initiative for Improving Standards of Prisons, Ethiopia

Reflected in the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules), the importance of a rehabilitative approach to prison management is acknowledged as key in ensuring that prisoners are both willing and able to lead law-abiding and self-supporting lives upon release. The rules explicitly highlight that the primary purposes of a sentence of imprisonment - the protection of society from crime - can only be met if the period of imprisonment is itself used to assist in this cause.

With this in mind, UNODC are hosting Expert Group Meetings and workshops to bring together a number of experts in a bid to encourage a comprehensive, rehabilitative approach to prison management.

We spoke with Kumsa Gutteta, Director of the Initiative for Improving Standards of Prisons in Ethiopia during one of these meetings to find out his thoughts.

March 29, 2017

Prisoner rehabilitation: Laurence Louis Motiuk, Department of Correctional Services, Canada

Prison-based rehabilitation is a complex issue: while prisoners typically face a range of social, economic and personal challenges that may complicate their social reintegration into society, prisons often lack sufficient infrastructure, programmes, and resources, and may even exacerbate these problems.

In order to reduce re-offending, therefore, it is crucial to actively prepare prisoners for their successful re-settlement in society.

With this in mind, UNODC are hosting Expert Group Meetings and workshops to bring together a number of experts in a bid to encourage a comprehensive, rehabilitative approach to prison management.

We spoke with Laurence Louis Motiuk, the Assistant Commissioner of Policy, Department of Correctional Services in Canada during one of these meetings to find out his thoughts.

March 28, 2017

Line Up Live Up in Brazil (EP.1)

UNODC's life skills training initiative as part of its global activities to prevent youth crime under the Doha Declaration Global Programme has started in Brazil.

The initiative focuses on sports in order to build resilience of youth by enhancing their life skills and increase their knowledge of the consequences of crime and drug use. With a view to positively influence attitudes and prevent anti-social and risky behaviour, the initiative is first being piloted in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, before being rolled out to other regions, including Latin America, Southern Africa and Central Asia.

March 24, 2017

The Global Judicial Integrity Network: Verrapol Tungsuwan, Supreme Court of Thailand

Verrapol Tungsuwan, is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Thailand. We caught up with him recently in his country to discuss the UNODC-led Global Judicial Integrity Network currently being developed as part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme.

The Network aims to connect judges across the globe to support each other in upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system.

March 24, 2017

The Global Judicial Integrity Network: Albert R. Palmer, High Court of the Solomon Islands

As part of UNODC's Doha Declaration Global Programme, the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network is currently underway.

This aims to connect judges across the globe to support each other in upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system.

We caught up with Albert R. Palmer, Chief Justice of the High Court of the Solomon Islands, to get his thoughts on this topic.

March 24, 2017

The Global Judicial Integrity Network: Judge Amparo Capotaje-Tang, Anti-Graft Court, the Philippines

As part of UNODC's Doha Declaration Global Programme, the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network is currently underway.

This aims to connect judges across the globe to support each other in upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system.

We caught up with Amparo Capotaje-Tang, Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, to get her thoughts on this topic.

March 24, 2017

The Global Judicial Integrity Network: Nihal Jayawickrama, Judicial Integrity Group

Nihal Jayawickrama is the Coordinator of the Judicial Integrity Group. We caught up with him recently to discuss the UNODC-led Global Judicial Integrity Network currently being developed as part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme.

The Network aims to connect judges across the globe to support each other in upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system.