Women in Prison

This volume explores the first international instrument on the needs of women in prison, the 2010 UN Bangkok Rules.
Piet Hein van Kempen, Maartje Krabbe
International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation
boek | verschenen | 1e editie
maart 2017 | xl + 918 blz.

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ISBN 9781780684215

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Women are a rapidly growing minority in prisons. Prison systems, however, have always been determined by the behaviour of men. The 2010 UN Bangkok Rules form a body of rules that is specifically aimed at the needs of women in prison. Being the first international instrument on this subject, the Bangkok Rules can be considered a milestone. Thus this volume focuses on the topic of women in prison in general, and on the Bangkok Rules in particular. The volume comprises an introductory chapter, seven thematic chapters, and 23 chapters dedicated to individual countries around the world. Themes discussed in these chapters include, among others, the (international) human rights framework applicable to women in prison, statistics and criminological factors relevant to women in prison, and the actual conditions of women in prison worldwide. An extensive collection of expert knowledge, this volume intends to highlight both good practice in the context of women in prison and the many challenges that lie ahead.


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Women in prison: a transnational perspective (p. 1)

Femmes en prison: une perspective transnationale (p. 35)


Women, crime and incarceration: exploring pathways of women in conflict with the law – The case of South Africa (p. 73)

Variations and growth in the levels of female imprisonment (p. 105)

Protection of women in prison under the European Convention on Human Rights (p. 119)

European standards relating to non-judicial protection of women in prison (p. 135)

Protection of women in prison in Asia: positive developments, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – perspectives from UNAFEI and its participating countries (p. 143)

The design of women’s prisons: an architectural perspective on gender-specific needs and realities of female prisoners and main requirements for improvement (p. 161)


Women in prison in Argentina (p. 177)

Women in prison in Australia (p. 205)

Women in prison in Austria (p. 251)

Women in prison in Brazil (p. 273)

Women in prison in England and Wales (p. 295)

Women in prison in Finland (p. 333)

Femmes en prison en France (p. 345)

Women in prison in Germany (p. 373)

Women in prison in Greece (p. 417)

Women in prison in Ireland (p. 479)

Femmes en prison en Italie (p. 513)

Women in prison in the Netherlands (p. 539)

Women in prison in New Zealand (p. 563)

Women in prison in Poland (p. 585)

Women in prison in Portugal (p. 613)

Women in prison in Russia (p. 645)

Women in prison in South Africa (p. 663)

Women in prison in Spain (p. 697)

Femmes en prison en Suisse: la situation des femmes prévenues et condamnées (p. 723)

Women in prison in Taiwan (p. 749)

Women in prison in Thailand: implementation of the UN Bangkok Rules in the Thai criminal justice system (p. 773)

Femmes en prison en Turquie (p. 797)

Women in prison in the USA (p. 817)


United Nations Rules for the treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders (the Bangkok Rules) (p. 869)

Règles des Nations Unies concernant le traitement des femmes détenues et les mesures non privatives de liberté pour les femmes délinquantes (Règles de Bangkok) (p. 891)

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International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation

The International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IPPF) has a long history and can trace its roots back to 1872. It aims to promote studies in the field of the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders, especially by scientific research, publications, teaching and international colloquiums. The IPPF’s members are from around the world, are recognized experts in penal and penitentiary matters, and are either high judges, high officials of the prison system, or university professors. Recent publications of the IPPF regard, e.g., Prison policy and prisoners’ rights, Minorities and cultural diversity in prison, and the Implementation of prison sentences and aspects of security.

Les activités de la FIPP La Fondation internationale pénale et pénitentiaire (FIPP) est une institution vénérable dont les origines remontent à 1872. Elle vise à promouvoir les études dans le domaine de la prévention de la criminalité et le traitement des délinquants, plus particulièrement en menant des recherches scientifiques, en éditant des publications, des cours et par l’organisation de colloques internationaux. La FIPP compte des membres dans le monde entier, tous experts reconnus dans les matières pénale et pénitentiaire : hauts magistrats, hauts fonctionnaires du système pénitentiaire ou professeurs d’université. La FIPP a entre autres récemment publié Politiques pénitentiaires et droits des détenus, Minorités et diversité culturelle en prison, et L’exécution des sanctions privatives de liberté et les impératifs de la sécurité.

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