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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Advancing Human Rights through International Prison Reform

Date: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 2:30pm
Location: 
2255 Rayburn House Office Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the issue of  international prison reform.

Nelson Mandela once stated that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” And yet there is mounting evidence that we are currently experiencing a “global prison crisis.” Prisoners throughout the world often face routine abuse such as torture, the threat of violence from other prisoners, lack of food and health services, lack of contact with family, and extended pre-trial detention which can expose even those eventually found not guilty to long-term incarceration. These problems often entail the violation of basic human rights, may contribute to recidivism, and disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, including children.

In this hearing, witnesses will discuss the problems facing prisons around the world, examine the situation for female and juvenile offenders, and offer hope through examples of successful reform initiatives as well as effective alternatives to prison.

This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed via YouTube on the Commission website, https://humanrightscommission.house.gov/ and will also be available for viewing on House Digital Channel 52. For any questions, please contact Matthew Singer (for Mr. Hultgren) at 202-226-3989 or Matthew.Singer@mail.house.gov or Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Kimberly.Stanton@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

Randy Hultgren, M.C.                                    James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chair, TLHRC                                            Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Philipp Meissner, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Hilary Anderson, Senior Specialist, Inter-American Commission of Women, Organization of American States

Panel II

  • Craig DeRoche, Senior Vice President for Advocacy & Public Policy, Prison Fellowship
  • Azamat Shambilov, Regional Director, Office for Central Asia, Penal Reform International (from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, live via video

Bios

Opening Remarks

Rep. Randy Hultgren, Opening Remarks: International Prison Reform
Rep. James P. McGovern, Opening Remarks: International Prison Reform

Testimonies

Panel I

Philipp Meissner, International Prison Reform
Hilary Anderson, International Prison Reform
 

Panel II

Azamat Shambilov, International Prison Reform
 

Transcript

Forthcoming.

Video

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