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Handbook on Prisoners with special needs

This Handbook covers the special needs of eight groups of prisoners, which have a particularly vulnerable status in prisons. They are: Prisoners with mental health care needs; Prisoners with disabilities; Ethnic and racial minorities and indigenous peoples; Foreign national prisoners; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) prisoners; Older prisoners; Prisoners with terminal illness and Prisoners under sentence of death. All information, guidelines and recommendations provided for these groups apply to adult male and female members of these categories of prisoners. The Handbook is designed to be used by all actors involved in the criminal justice system, including policymakers, legislators, prison managers, prison staff, members of non-governmental organizations and other individuals interested or active in the field of criminal justice and prison reform.

Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Target Audience
Civil Society
Intergovernmental Organization
Source / Publisher
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Geographic Scope
Workstream Output
Regional Review Process
GCM Objectives
Cross Cutting Theme
Human rights
Rule of law and due process

*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).