Irish Penal Reform Trust

Guide to the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration of Women Prisoners

23rd May 2019

Co-published by Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and Penal Reform International (PRI), this guide to ‘The rehabilitation and social reintegration of women prisoners: Implementation of the Bangkok Rules’ comprises of research into rehabilitation and reintegration practices around the world specifically for women in prison, collating best practices which implement the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).

Whilst several existing documents look at the development of rehabilitation programmes in detail, there is little guidance available specifically on the rehabilitation of female prisoners. This guide aims to bridge that gap and provide practical solutions as to how criminal justice systems can improve their efforts in this area.

It aims to provide practical guidance on improving existing rehabilitation programmes and services and designing new ones, looking at different country contexts and taking into account location-specific challenges and opportunities. The guide offers short summaries of 'promising practice' internationally across all themes/sections. 

The guide concludes with a set of 10 fundamental principles for the successful design and implementation of gender-sensitive rehabilitation programmes. They should be: part of a broader strategy; community and prisoner driven; supported by staff and managers; gender responsive; individualised; holistic; based on market needs; sustainable and consistent; good quality; and evidence-based.

To read the guide in full, visit the Thailand Institute of Justice website here.

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