April 13, 2017 Editor

Mandela Rules Highlight Conference April 25-29 in Costa Rica

I’ll be speaking at this conference and will present this paper.

Below is the press release for this event:

The revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners will be the theme of the 7th International Conference on Human Rights and Prison Reform which will  be held at the Marriott Courtyard (near the Airport) in San Jose.

“Less than two years ago, the UN unanimously voted for these landmark reforms  and named them after Nelson Mandela,” commented Charles Sullivan, the President of International CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) which is sponsoring the conference.

“In past conferences held in New York City, Washington, Geneva, Abuja, Nigeria, and the last in Bangkok, Thailand,” Sullivan continued, “there were many prison reform speeches, but there were not any guidelines to structure prison reforms.”

The Mandela Rules have not only given us the framework for treatment of prisoners in the 21st century,” Sullivan says, “but aim to transform imprisonment from wasted time to personal development, resulting in substantially less crime.”

Ten panels with participants from 17 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Japan, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda,  Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Zambia) will make presentations on different aspects of prison reform based on the Mandela Rules.

For more information, please contact Samuel Kaplan at 202-531-4932 or [email protected]


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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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