Persons deprived of their liberty and children of prisoners
Quakers have long been active in criminal justice issues at an international level. At QUNO, our particular focus is on imprisoned women and children of prisoners. We also work closely with the FWCC representatives to the UN Crime Commission in Vienna, and the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), who represent Quaker interests to the European Union and Council of Europe.
Roots of Quaker Interest in Criminal Justice
Prison reform has always been important to Quakers. Many early Quakers were persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs and so were witness to the dreadful conditions in prisons. Thus began a constant and active Quaker concern about the causes of crime and the treatment of criminals which persists to the present day. Quaker opposition to the death penalty, too, follows naturally from the belief in a Divine spark in all people.
New materials on children of prisoners available. Following the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's Day of General Discussion (DGD) on children of prisoners that took place in September, the webcasts of the discussions are now available, as is the exhibition on children of prisoners. QUNO was instrumental in preparations for this Day of Discussion. Quno’s written submissions explore different State policies relating to children living in prison with a parent and give an overview of all known policies in this area. They are available at the CRC and CRIN websites, alongside other submissions for the DGD . To read a short report of the DGD, including links to further resources, please click here.