The Harms of incarceration

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The evidence base and human rights framework for decarceration and harm reduction in prisons.

Reducing incarceration will reduce harm

This briefing provides advocates with the evidence base and human rights framework for decarceration and the provision of harm reduction services in prisons.

The briefing compiles evidence to demonstrate:

  • The first step in reducing harm associated with incarceration is to reduce reliance on incarceration itself.
  • Providing harm reduction is a human rights obligation.
  • Harm reduction services in prisons are an essential, effective and safe public health measure.
  • People in prison are severely underserved by harm reduction services.

Photos by Raffy Lerma

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