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OAS - Department of Public Security - Prisons

One of the current public security challenges in the region is to achieve penitentiary and prison systems that allow the complete rehabilitation and social reinsertion of people in conflict with the law.  In compliance with the agreements reached during the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or other Ministers, or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), two Meetings of Authorities Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies of the OAS Member States were held, in 2003 and 2008. 

These meetings aim to promote the exchange of information and the reinforcement of mutual cooperation between States in areas related to the penitentiary and prison systems.  For the Second Meeting, FLACSO-Chile led an investigation on the situation and challenges of the penitentiary systems in the region, "Prisons: Problems and Challenges for the Americas"


MISPA Process

The Meeting of Experts on Public Security in preparation for the MISPA III was held in Santiago de Chile on November 18-19, 2010. The main purpose of this meeting was to analyze and follow-up on the MISPA process, paying special attention to the priorities highlighted in the Commitment to Public Security in the Americas adopted during MISPA I and the Consensus of Santo Domingo on Public Security adopted during MISPA II

Second Meeting of Authorities Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies
Valdivia, Chile - August 26-28, 2008

Conclusions and Recommendations

Custodial and Non-Custodial Measures - Part of UNODC's Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit




Public Security in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities

UNODC's Handbooks on Prison Reform and Alternatives to Imprisonment



Last update: December 6, 2010

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