Imprisonment often further excludes members of groups already facing discrimination and increases their marginalization, thus, people from ethnic or racial minorities in conflict with the law require special thought.
In most countries, ethnic, racial minorities and indigenous peoples are significantly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Incarceration creates a host of collateral consequences, including restricted employment prospects, housing instability, family disruption, and further marginalization, which may lead to a cycle of incarceration, while perpetuating existing racial and ethnic stereotyping.
While behind bars, these groups have special needs based on culture, traditions, religion, language and ethnicity, which prison systems often fail to address. These include linguistic barriers, discrimination (often reflected in various kinds of abuse), break of family and community ties, different religious and spiritual needs, lack of proper rehabilitation programmes, special health care needs and post-release support related to their disadvantaged socio-economic status.
We create and deliver solutions that enhance the response to the needs of minorities in contact with the criminal justice system, acting on:
- generating and/or reforming legislations, policies, and practices;
- improving prison management policies and strategies.
- training courses for criminal justice and corrections staff;
- creating specific educational and training content for foreign inmates.