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Regulating the Prison Population: Experiences from a Long-term Policy in Finland by Tapio Lappi-Seppälä

18th March 1998

Presentation delivered at the Beyond Prisons International Symposium, sponsored by the Correctional Service of Canada. March 15-18, 1998, Kingston, Ontario.

Criminal Victimisation in eleven Industrialised Countries: Key findings from the 1996 International Crime Victims Survey

1st December 1997

by Pat Mayhew & Jan .J.M.van Dijk. (1997).\ The Hague: Ministry of Justice, WODC

"Mandatory Drug Testing in Prisons" by Morag MacDonald

30th January 1997

Research report on Britain's mandatory drug testing programme concludes it to be "counterproductive". Published by the Centre for Research into Quality, University of Central England in Birmingham.

Crime and Civilization: An Interview with Nils Christie

12th August 1996

For Nils Christie the way in which a society delivers pain to its wrongdoers is the measure of civilization. He is a long-time critic of the "lock-'em-up-and-throw-away-the-key" approach to law and order that is now filling up prisons on both sides of the Atlantic. Christie has been an important influence on both Scandinavian prison policy and on prison reformers around the world. He spoke to Richard Swift in the August 1996 issue of New Internationalist Magazine.

HIV/AIDS in Youth Custody Settings: A Comprehensive Strategy

18th June 1996

Excellent Canadian policy document on HIV/AIDS in prisons. Published by Prisoners' HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (

UNAIDS Point of View: Prison and AIDS

2nd May 1996

© Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

WHO guidelines on HIV infection and AIDS in prisons

16th February 1994

Published by the World Health Organisation Global Programme on AIDS.© Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

HIV/AIDS in Prison Systems: A Comprehensive Strategy

17th June 1992

Excellent Canadian policy document on HIV/AIDS in prisons. Published by Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (

United Nations Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners

14th December 1990

Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 45/111 of 14 December 1990

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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