International Committee of the Red Cross

Questions to ask when designing and planning prisons

Video 31 May 2018

The ICRC has produced "Towards Humane Prisons: A Principled and Participatory Approach to Prison Planning and Design" which can be ordered here.

This publication aims to encourage careful thought about possible alternatives to constructing new prisons, before building schemes are initiated. When a well-founded decision to build is taken, the book aims to ensure that the human consequences of planning processes and design decisions for detainees, staff and communities are considered and taken into account at the correct stage.