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Global Prison Trends 2021

12 May, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Global Prison Trends 2021 is Penal Reform International’s annual flagship report published with the Thailand Institute of Justice, identifying the key trends and challenges in prison systems worldwide. Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, this launch event will present key findings from the report and explore trends in the global prison population, prison policy and practice, and ongoing challenges for prison management.


  • 12 May 2021
  • 15.00 – 16.30 CEST
  • Spanish interpretation available
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Duration: 90mins
Moderated by Olivia Rope, Executive Director, Penal Reform International

Opening remarks
Ruth Dreifuss, Former President of Switzerland, and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy

Global Prison Trends 2021 – key trends and messages from the report 
Tríona Lenihan, Policy and International Advocacy Manager, Penal Reform International

The COVID-19 pandemic and prison policy in Latin America 
María Luisa Romero, Former Minister of Government of Panama and member of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture

Health and mental health in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Prof. Hans Wolff, Vice-president, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture

Challenging discrimination in the criminal justice system 
Donna Hylton, Author and criminal justice activist who spent 27 years in prison, USA


Closing address
Phiset Sa-ardyen, Executive Director, Thailand Institute of Justice