Additional Judicial Challenges Faced by Transitioning Democracies
July 16, 2020

Additional Judicial Challenges Faced by Transitioning Democracies

After independence, Montenegro adopted its constitution in 2007. The highest legal act of an independent and sovereign state of Montenegro, for the first time, stipulated that Montenegro was a state based on the rule of law. It is this constitutional determination that has directed our country to make fundamental changes to its own state system, in order to create democratic state institutions dedicated to the protection and respect of human rights and the fight against all forms of crimes.

At HLPF 2020, UNODC partners highlight key, multidimensional approaches being taken by Doha Declaration in promoting peace, justice and SDG 16
July 10, 2020

At HLPF 2020, UNODC partners highlight key, multidimensional approaches being taken by Doha Declaration in promoting peace, justice and SDG 16

As the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is an annual gathering of Member States designed to follow-up and review the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As in previous years, HLPF 2020 offers a platform to debate issues impacting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including successes and challenges; however, unlike former gatherings, this year has seen a largely virtual format, in response to COVID-19.

Prisoner Rehabilitation - Events - Virtual High-Level Event on prison brands
July 9, 2020

Virtual High-Level Event: How brands of prison products support prisoner reintegration

The provision of work programmes in prisons is one of the most effective ways to support prisoners' successful reintegration into society, providing them with income and with relevant skills to find employment and help reduce their recidivism.  Work programmes are sometimes associated with the creation of a brand of prison products, a measure that has been found reducing the social stigma associated to imprisonment, enhancing prisoners' self-esteem, while meeting consumers' demand for products that contribute to positive social goals.

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When: Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 3:00 PM CET

Where: Online/Microsoft Teams (registered participants will receive a link to join the event)

Promoting a more humane criminal justice system, UNODC launches brand new prisoner classification guide
June 12, 2020

Promoting a more humane criminal justice system, UNODC launches brand new prisoner classification guide

With nearly 11 million people incarcerated at any given time across the globe, prison management and the treatment of prisoners are two essential areas within the criminal justice system. Critically, to ensure that imprisonment is used as an opportunity to correct rather than punish, prison administrations must be able to correctly classify prisoners - an important move which helps bolster their ability to rehabilitate and reduce reoffending.

Being able to correctly classify prisoners impacts an array of prison management aspects: it best determines the assessment of inmate risks; it improves the safety and security of prisoners, prison staff and the general public; it bolsters human rights-based custody; and, ultimately, it builds a more effective way of operating a prison system.

With UNODC support, Namibia prisoner rehabilitation project helps stop COVID-19 spread
April 20, 2020

With UNODC support, Namibia prisoner rehabilitation project helps stop COVID-19 spread

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world has demonstrated that everyone is susceptible to the ravages of this virus, with some population groups more at risk than others depending on their age and health conditions. While these factors  have been widely publicized , there are some groups which remain less visible in the public eye, but which are nevertheless an integral part of society; prisoners, for whom social distancing is not an option in tight spaces, are unable to take the same precautions as most other members of society.

UNODC's mission to promote crime prevention and criminal justice, amongst others, places strong value on the social rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners.