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.