Handbook on Anti-Corruption Measures in Prisons

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Through this handbook, UNODC seeks to formally acknowledge and articulate a problem endured by all jurisdictions and to underline the international commitment to addressing it. The aim of this handbook is not simply to address corruption once it occurs but also to help Member States prevent corruption and protect prisoners, staff and communities from its insidious consequences. This is without prejudice to the fact that the management of prisons is one of the most difficult and demanding tasks that societies require, and many prison leaders and staff work with great professionalism and commitment to provide safe, decent and just conditions in prisons.



Good prison management and the practical application of the Nelson Mandela Rules

Part I outlined the unique nature of the prison environment and its impact on those working and living within its confines. Any specific measure to tackle corruption in prisons will naturally need to be integrated into, and able to build upon, sound prison management practices that have been designed to ensure the safe, secure and humane custody of prisoners. The inexorable link between sound prison management and the prevention of corruption must therefore be acknowledged before outlining specific anti-corruption efforts in prisons.


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