‘The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.’


Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (1821-1881)



 Prisons and prisoners remain hidden from the public view. This website is created to make information widely available. It guides you to international and regional prison rules, prison statistics, national prison services and organisations which are active on various prison issues. As Prison Watch is specialised in foreign national prisoners and independent monitoring these topics receive particular attention.