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, Spanish,Russian

A summary of the Justice Section's new strategic approach to "Addressing the Global Prison Crisis" is available in English, Spanish,  Arabic, French

For a documentary on UNODC's work in the field of prison reform, click English, Spanish

Infographic on UNODC and its Global Programme on Addressing Prison Challenges Arabic, English , French , Russian , Spanish 

 

General Tools on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

  • The Status and Role of Prosecutors - a UNODC and International Association of Prosecutors Guide English
  • 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
  • UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice for Peacekeepers EnglishFrenchSpanish

  • UN Criminal Justice Standards for UN police EnglishFrench

  • Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (General Assembly resolution 34/169, annex, of 17 December 1979) English 
  • Guidelines for the Effective Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (Economic and Social Council resolution 1989/61, annex, of 24 May 1989) English
  • Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, 27 August - 7 September 1990) English
  • 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
  • Enhancing Criminal Justice Reform, including Restorative Justice English , Spanish
  • Criminal Justice Reform in Post-Conflict States: A Guide for Practitioners English
  • Combating violence against migrants English

Crime Prevention and Police Reform

  • 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
  • Handbook on Civilian Private Security Services EnglishFrenchSpanishArabic 
  • 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 
  • Global status report on violence prevention 2014 English
  • Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World English 
  • Line Up Live Up Trainer Manual- Life skills training through sport to prevent crime, violence and drug use  English Arabic Russian Spanish Portuguese
  • Training Manual on Policing Urban Space EnglishSpanish  
  • Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space English French Portuguese
  • Handbook on Police Accountability, Oversight and Integrity English
  • Resource book on the use of force and firearms in law enforcement English

Access to Legal Aid

  • Handbook on Access to Legal Aid in Africa English
  • Handbook on Early access to legal aid in criminal justice processes EnglishVietnamese, Chinese 
  • Survey Report on Access to legal Aid in Africa English
  • Child Friendly Legal Aid in Africa (UNICEF, UNDP, UNODC) English , French
  • United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems EnglishArabicFrenchChineseRussianSpanish 
  • Global Study on Legal Aid 

                       - Global Report  English

                       - Country Profiles English

  • Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems with Commentaries English 
  • Handbook Ensuring Quality of Legal Aid Services in Criminal Justice Processes: Practical Guidance and Promising Practices English, Russian
  • Outcome of the Second International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems (2016)
  • The Buenos Aires Declaration   Arabic, ChineseEnglishFrench , PortugueseRussianSpanish 

                       - Conference Report PDF

Gender in the Criminal Justice System

  • Toolkit on Gender-Responsive Non-Custodial Measures English NEW!
  • Strengthening Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Responses to Violence against Women English
  • RESPECT - Preventing violence against women: A framework for policymakers English 
  • Handbook on Effective Police Responses to Violence against Women EnglishSpanishFrench
  • Training Curriculum on Effective Police Responses to Violence against Women EnglishSpanishFrench
  • Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls English
  • Resource Book for Trainers on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls English , Ukrainian 
  • Toolkit on Strengthening the Medico-Legal Response to Sexual Violence English  
  • Gender-Related killing of Women and Girls Brochure EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicChineseRussian
  • Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence: 

Modules 1-5 : ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish,  RussianChinese

Module 6 : Implementation Guide ArabicEnglishFrenchSpanish

Module 7 :Costing Tool English NEW!

  • E-Learning course Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence:

Module 1: Overview and Introduction to the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

Module 2: Essential Health Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

Module 3: Essential Justice and Policing Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

Module 4: Essential Social Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence

Module 5: Essential Action for Governance and Coordination of Governance

  • The Trial of Rape: Understanding the criminal justice system response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam EnglishThaiVietnamese
  • A Practitioner's Toolkit on Women's Access to Justice Programming EnglishSpanish NEW! 
  • The Bangkok Rules-United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders with their Commentary English French Spanish 
  • Handbook on Women and Imprisonment English 2nd edition, Arabic 2nd edition, RussianTurkishSpanish
  • Training curriculum on Women and Imprisonment Version 1.0, EnglishAlbanianBosnianCroatianMacedonianMontenegrinSerbian
  • Information note for criminal justice practitioners on non-custodial measures for women offenders English
  • E-learning course on Alternatives to Imprisonment for Women Offenders English
  • Afghanistan: Female Prisoners and their social reintegration English
  • Handbook for the Judiciary on Effective Criminal Justice Responses to Gender-based Violence against Women and Girls  English 

Justice for Children

  • Handbook for Professionals and Policymakers on Justice in Matters involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime ArabicChineseEnglish, FrenchRussianSpanishCroatian  
  • 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 EnglishFrench
  • 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 EnglishFrenchSpanishRussian 
  • Child-friendly version of the UN Guidelines on Justice in Matters Involving Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish
  • Justice in Matters Involving Children in Conflict with the Law: Model Law on Juvenile Justice and Related Commentary English, TajikRussianFrench
  • Guidance Note of the Secretary-General: UN Approach to Justice for Children English
  • Child Friendly Legal Aid in Africa EnglishFrench
  • UNODC/UNICEF Manual for the Measurement of juvenile justice indicators EnglishFrench , SpanishRussian
  • 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
  • Introductory Booklet on the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice English,  French
  • Checklist to the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence 
    against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice English, French
  • Training Programme on the Treatment of Child Victims and Child Witnesses of Crime - for Prosecutors and Judges English
  • Training Programme on the Treatment of Child Victims and Child Witnesses of Crime - for Law Enforcement Officials English
  • INSPIRE: Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish

                           -Executive summary- Arabic, ChineseEnglishFrenchPortugueseRussianSpanish

                           -Infographic- ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchPortugueseRussianSpanish

  •  INSPIRE Handbook: Action for implementing the seven strategies  for ending violence against children Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish 
  • Handbook on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups: the Role of the Justice System  ArabicEnglishFrenchRussian 

Alternatives to Imprisonment and Prison Reform

Statistics and Surveys

Apart from normative and operational work, UNODC also conducts research in the areas of crime prevention and criminal justice. For further information, please follow the links below:

 

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