INTER-AMERICAN PRISON RULES – CREATING A NORMAL LIFE BEHIND BARS

Bożena Gronowska

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/CLR.2016.002

Abstract


  This article deals with the penitentiary achievements in the Inter-American system of human rights protection. Despite its being primarily focused on the analyses of particular standards (both of treaty and recommended status), a comparative approach is proposed when it seems necessary. Most of the provisions under consideration possess the non-binding legal nature and can serve only as recommendations. In such context their final implementation in domestic prisons systems strongly relies on the good will and determination of particular states. Certainly, the Inter-American system of human rights operates within a very difficult region. Thus, any new initiative, especially in the very complicated field of regulation is really welcome even if only for the creation of a better understanding of the problem as well as a more affirmative mentality to accepting the prepared legal solutions. The final remarks expose the importance of the analyzed standards for the creation of a modern prison system and penitentiary policy in the Americas region. Similarly, the above-mentioned standards can support the OAS in the further advance of the actual enjoyment of human rights in the region.


Keywords


treatment of prisoners; international penitentiary standards; Principles and Best Practices on the Protection of Persons Deprived of Liberty in the Americas

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