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Should UN Prison Standards be revised?

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Work is underway at the United Nations to revise the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (SMR’s). The current rules were first agreed by the UN in 1955 and were revised in the seventies. While they have limited direct force in international law, they have provided the basis for prison legislation and reform programmes in many of the 193 member states of the UN and are widely known, if not adhered to, among prison officials the world over ...

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