International Committee of the Red Cross

Handbook on strategies to reduce overcrowding in prisons

Publication 13 October 2015

Published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime with contributions from the ICRC, the handbook provides holistic and practical guidance on how to avoid overcrowding, to address it where it already exists and to alleviate its consequences.

It illustrates the various strategies with cases drawn from operational experience and examples of practical measures that have achieved results and could be a source of inspiration for other countries.

Also available in Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish and French.