skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 77045 Find in a Library
Title: Implementation of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
Corporate Author: United Nations
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United Nations
Annotation: The results of a 1980 United Nations survey on the implementation of its Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners are presented.
Abstract: The first United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders adopted the rules, and the Economic and Social Council approved them in 1957. In May 1980, 36 nations returned survey questionnaires. The responses provided further confirmation of the considerable influence of the rules on national legislation or regulations. The great majority of the responding countries replied that both the prevailing prison laws and the administrative regulations, though often not yet completely incorporating the rules, have taken into account their content, so as to fully comply with them. Some countries indicated that their prison laws had already been established when the rules were adopted and that the rules had influenced later changes in practice. A few noted that no specific enactments had been made in response to the rules since the existing statutory or administrative provisions applicable to penal establishments already embodied the principles contained in the rules. In addition, considerable efforts seem to have been made to disseminate the rules in the official languages of the various countries, and most respondents reported that the rules were available to both prisoners and prison staff. Generally, the rules are included in programs for staff training. Recommendations on open correctional facilities have been used to a more limited extent. Responses regarding specific rules are listed in a data table and discussed in the text. Additional information from the survey regarding new measures and experiments in corrections and suggestions for the effective implementation of the rules is also presented. Procedures for the effective implementation of the rules, as drafted in the Committee on Crime Prevention and Control, are appended. Footnotes are included.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; International agreements; Prisoner's rights; Surveys; United Nations (UN)
Note: Working Paper prepared by the Secretariat for the Sixth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Caracas, Venezuila, 25 August - 5 September 1980.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.