Upcoming Event: “Women prisoners in Southeast Asia: Backgrounds, characteristics and treatment”

The Griffith Criminology Institute will be hosting an upcoming seminar on women prisoners in Southeast Asia with guest speaker Chontit (Amy) Chuenurah. 

  • Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
  • Time: 12.30-1.30pm
  • Venue: Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus

About: This presentation will provide an overview of prison trends and imprisonment of women in Southeast Asia. It will summarize regional data on profiles and backgrounds of women prisoners in selected countries in Southeast Asia. Given that information about the prison systems in most of these countries is limited and specific information about women prisoners and staff is even scarcer, this presentation is based on research conducted by Member States and NGOs and regional study of women prisoners conducted by the Thailand Institute of Justice. The available data shows that women offenders’ profiles and the types of offences they commit are similar to women in other regions, with a large proportion of women having been imprisoned for non-violent offences. Drug offences constitute a particularly high proportion of offences committed in a number of countries in the region. These data demonstrate common backgrounds of imprisoned women, offences, history of victimization and their experience in the penal system. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders, widely known as the Bangkok Rules and how this international instrument can be used as a common foundation for prison reform.

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