Site d'information // Information website

Participate in the creation of the worldwide website, the first independent information site dedicated to imprisonment.

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Site d'information // Information website

<p> <strong>Prison Insider is a digital platform. </strong></p> <p> It aims to spread information about detention conditions and uphold the rights and dignity of those deprived of their freedom all over the world.</p> <p> This international platform will provide resources and facilitate knowledge sharing about prisons systems. The Prison Insider platform will be launched in spring 2016. At the beginning, it will be in three languages: French, English and Spanish.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuel_macbook-1454609043" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Prison Insider is an advocacy website.</strong></p> <p> It advocates a world with less prisons, where sentences do not necessarily translate to deprivation of freedom and where restorative objectives are designed; a world where cruel, inhuman and degrading practices are reported, where human rights are deep-seated and non-negotiable; a world in which we ourselves are unable to live with dignity in the knowledge that others do not.</p> <p> <img alt="T1-1455022241" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> Our weapon is peaceful. Our weapon is information.</p> <p> More than 10 million* people are currently imprisoned around the world.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Chiffres_03-1455022262" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> As you are reading this, there are prisoners being held in despicable facilities, under harsh conditions.</p> <p> <img alt="Chiffres_01-1455022271" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> There are prisoners crammed into cells where they must stand in order to let others lie down.</p> <p> <img alt="Chiffres_02-1455022279" src=""></p> <p> <em>* Source: World Prison Trends 2015 - PRI</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Others can be held in solitary confinement for years. It happens right here, at home.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuels_copie_2-1454609094" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> The initial group of 20 founders of Prison Insider has now grown to 50 people. Soon, there will be a thousand. <strong>We are perfecting our peaceful weapon,</strong> a weapon<strong> </strong>that will help prisoners around the world to live in dignity. Together, we can achieve our goal.</p> <p> <img alt="T2-1455022312" height="110" src="" width="540"></p> <p>  </p> <p> Prison Insider is not aiming to reinvent the wheel. <strong>Information about prisons is available, but it is scattered, and sometimes impossible to find.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> Whether you are a citizen, a lawyer, a social worker, a journalist, an activist, a researcher, a relative of someone imprisoned, or anyone else, Prison Insider will bring everyone together to provide a centralised source <strong>of factual, detailed and up to date information.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuels_copie-1454610279" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <u>A common story that could be yours tomorrow…</u></p> <p>  </p> <p> My brother, an employee in a firm in Madagascar, celebrates with a group of friends the return of one of their colleagues to the country. During the evening, a local employee falls from the terrace and dies. The police take everyone into custody and the victim’s family accuses the group of being responsible for the fall. They are all arrested.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Three types of issues come to my mind:</p> <p>  </p> <p> - How can I visit my brother? How can I send money to him? What can I bring him? What are his rights? How can I find him a lawyer? From which local organisations can I seek support? How can I contact other people in my situation?</p> <p> <strong>I need information and I need to ask questions via a forum.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> - What are prisons like in Madagascar and what is life there like? Are the prison dangerous? Do people get fed properly? Do they receive adequate medical care ? How many prisoners are kept in each cell? Is the death penalty still enforced? To what extent are detention conditions different than in my country ? Do the media publish freely? Are images available to help me understand the conditions? Are academic studies available? </p> <p> <strong>I need background information</strong>.</p> <p>  </p> <p> - How can I report on or talk about my brother's situation or my situation? How can I raise awareness about a specific case? How can I help those who are in a similar situation to me?<strong> </strong></p> <p> <strong>I need a platform to act.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> Getting information, sharing viewpoints and taking action is what Prison Insider does.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuel_imac-1454610603" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Prison Insider will offer two types of access:</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>- Free access</strong> to all resources about the user’s own country (annual report, image database, latest testimonies and news), to the discussion forum, to the “In case of arrest” section of all countries and to information about campaigns and gatherings.  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>- Subscription access</strong> (30 € / year for individuals and 300 € / year for institutions) to <u>all</u> resources about <u>all</u> countries, to journalist investigations and reports, to the comparison tool and to the media library.</p> <p> <img alt="T3_bis-1455022342" height="106" src="" width="540"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Prison Insider is building a network of correspondents</strong> that will provide information on the conditions of detention in all countries. Our mission is to come together and find a common language.</p> <p>  </p> <p> There are many reasons to stand up and take action: solidarity, faith, subversion, experience, friendship, compassion, fraternity and thirst for justice.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Who are we?</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>A great team of outstanding volunteers...</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> The co-founders : Florence Alligier, Julie André, Romain Balcerak, Alexandre Belkowski, Bernard Bolze, Aurélie Chastel, Alexandre Delavay, Emilie Deudon, Nathalie Fudge, Marc Giouse, Clara Grisot, Marie Hanotte, Eric Jayat, Judith Le Mauff, Milena Le Saux-Mattes, Sylvain Lhuissier, Robert Ohayon, Temur Sharopov, Julien Villalard...</p> <p> and the new ones: Pome Bernos, Daniel Bouy, Marie Bellon, Philippe Brochet, Lorena Espinosa Barry, Jean-Marc Grefferat, Christelle Palluel, Patrick Remacle...</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuel_equie_site-1455022358" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuel_equipe_02-1455022435" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> Some twenty people, web specialists, journalists, former inmates, social workers, activists, legal experts, lawyers, translators, and volunteers from various communities co-founded this project aiming to promote freedom and fundamental rights.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Bernard Bolze</strong></p> <p> <strong>General coordinator</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="L1170497_2-1454660318" height="287" src="" width="303"></p> <p>  </p> <p> Prison Insider was the idea of jounalist Bernard Bolze, who founded the<strong> International Prison Observatory (OIP) </strong>in 1990. The Observatory carried out different operations and produced information on imprisonment. Bernard then worked for 3 years as part of the team for <strong>General Inspection of Deprivation of Freedom </strong>(the French national mechanism of prevention) which aims to protect the basic human rights of prisonners. For 6 years (1993-1998) the OIP published annual reports describing various prison conditions in a large number of countries. Nothing like it has been produced since. Prison Insider is a continuiation of this work.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Two other persons are working fulltime on Prison Insider</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Emilie Deudon</strong></p> <p> <strong>International network coordinator</strong></p> <p> <strong>She used to work for many years as legal adviser for foreigners.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Emilie_2-1454674480" height="226" src="" width="302"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Judith Lemauff</strong></p> <p> <strong>Multimedia coordinator</strong></p> <p> <strong>She used to work for many years as co-director of a association for the reinsertion of detainees.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Judith-1455040763" height="198" src="" width="305"></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Prison Insider is supported by public figures.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuel_soutiens-1454609468" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Eric Sottas</strong>, founder and General Secretary of the World Organisation Against Torture (<strong>OMTC</strong> / Geneva) from 1985 to 2010 is one of them.</p> <p> <strong>Reza</strong>, <strong>photojournalist</strong>, is another one of them:</p> <p>   </p> <p> <em>“Being arrested at the age of 22 and imprisoned for 3 years in Iranian prisons, and being tortured for 5 years, either destroys you or makes you stronger. These years have brought me one dream: that of a world without prisons like the ones we know. I have traveled to over a hundred countries as a journalist, and I have had the opportunity to observe attempts in all these countries to set up alternative responses to repressive imprisonment and life behind bars with no other option. While it may bring relief to the victims and protect society, I believe the system of punishment and imprisonment of a human being in a prison enhances the reasons that prompted them to commit the crime they are being punished for. Psychologically, prison as we understand it is an aggregate of possible violence, barely held behind bars and barbed wire. I wonder how to break this circle of violence for the sake of society and for individual well-being. (…)”</em></p>

Allocation of funds

<p> <img alt="Ta___la_collecte-1455022470" src=""></p> <p> Getting information and creating a platform to spread it comes at a cost and we started this project almost eighteen months ago. <strong>Prison Insider aims at being an independent platform that does not depend on subsidies; subsidies, which are increasingly scarce</strong> and for which prisoners do not represent a great interest. This campaign will allow us to own our own site and information.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Bbz-l1230823_-_copie-1455034498" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> Prison Insider has organised a crowdfunding campaign to finance the set-up of the website.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Important</strong>: Donations to Prison Insider are eligible for a ta<strong>x deduction</strong> of 66% (in France). Please note, only amounts donated above the first 30€ (the cost of an annual individual subscription to the site) are eligible for this deduction.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>We need to reach 20 000 €.</strong></p> <p> If we pass this objective, we will be able to broaden our content faster. Specifically,</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Graph_02_copie-1455195912" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>+ 5 000 €</strong> : A detailed journalistic investigation produced by Prison Insider</p> <p> <strong>+10 000</strong><strong> €</strong> : 5 additional countries will be researched and published on the site</p> <p> <strong>+15 000</strong><strong> €</strong>  : Prioritise the translation of the site into multiple languages (Arabic, Russian and Chinese)</p> <p> <strong>+20 000</strong><strong> €</strong>  : Development of the Prison Insider image gallery</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Ta___confiance-1455022481" height="106" src="" width="540"></p> <p> <strong>- the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, the city of Lyon, the Paris’ and Lyon’s Bar dotation funds</strong></p> <p> - <strong>the French Fondation de France</strong> and <strong>the Fondation Un Monde Par Tous</strong></p> <p> - <strong>the UN Sub-Committee on Prevention of Torture and the Committee against Torture</strong>. They auditioned Prison Insider.</p> <p> - <strong>The National Consultative Commission on Human Rights</strong>. It offered to support us in our first steps.</p> <p> - <strong>the FNARS</strong> (the French National Federation of Reception and Social Integration Associations), <strong>the FARAPEJ</strong> (the French Federation of associations for training, reflection and action on prisons and justice / Fédération d'Associations pour se Former, Réfléchir et Agir sur la Prison et la Justice), the organisations “Agir ensemble pour les droits de l’homme” (<strong>AEDH</strong>) and <strong>Vivere</strong>,</p> <p> - the first <strong>partner organisations: </strong></p> <p> the <strong>Congolese</strong> observatory for human rights, the <strong>Gabonese</strong> prison observatory,<strong> Sierra Leone</strong> Prison Watch, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (<strong>Uganda</strong>), the <strong>Argentine</strong> section of the International Prison Observatory, the <strong>Belgian</strong> section of the International Prison Observatory, <strong>FARAPEJ</strong> (France), Helsinki Citizen Assembly (<strong>Roumanie</strong>), Antigone (<strong>Italie</strong>), ISCTE (<strong>Portugal</strong>), OSPHD (<strong>Espagne</strong>), the <strong>Hungarian</strong> Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Center (<strong>Georgie</strong>), Advocacy Forum (<strong>Nepal</strong>), Center for Prisoners'rights (<strong>Japan</strong>), <strong>Cambodian</strong> League for the promotion and defense of human rights, Mexican League of Human rights, etc.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Visuels_copie_4-1454612164" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p>



  • 6 contributions
You’re a CURIOUS Insider: Thank you for your contribution! To show our eternal gratitude, we’ll place your name on the Prison Insider thank you page!

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 39 contributions
You’re an INTERESTED Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our CURIOUS Insiders and in addition, we’d like to invite you to one of our Prison Insider launch parties! (in Paris and in Lyon).

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 108 contributions
You’re an INVOLVED Bronze Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INTERESTED Insiders and in addition, you’ll receive a 1 year subscription to the site!

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 45 contributions
You’re an INVOLVED Silver Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Bronze Insiders and in addition, you’ll be invited to become a beta tester for the site!

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 72 contributions
You’re an INVOLVED Gold Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll receive a high-quality t-shirt in Prison Insider colours! Real cost after financial deduction: 37 €

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 15 contributions
You’re an ENGAGED Bronze Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll be invited to visit the ancient Montluc Prison (Lyon)! Real cost after financial deduction (France): 47 €

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 25 contributions
You’re an ENGAGED Silver Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll receive a signed-photo (40 x 30cm) from Bernard Bolze! Real cost after financial deduction (France): 54 €

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 5 contributions
You’re an ENGAGED Gold Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll be invited to the Prison Insider office to meet the team and enjoy a meal (Lyon)! Real cost after financial deduction (France): 88 €

Estimated delivery: April 2016


  • 5 contributions
You’re a DEDICATED Bronze Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll be invited to a guided visit of the site of ‘la prison de La Santé’ with the prison architect (Paris)! Real cost after financial deduction (France): 122 €

Estimated delivery: October 2016


  • 2 contributions
You’re a DEDICATED Silver Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll receive a dedicated copy of ‘Prisons de Lyon, une histoire manifeste’ written by Bernard Bolze in conjunction with other contributors! Real cost after financial deduction (France): 160 €


  • 5 contributions
You’re a DEDICATED Gold Insider: You’ll enjoy the same benefits as our INVOLVED Silver Insiders and in addition, you’ll receive a dedicated image by the photo-journalist Reza, a sponsor of the Prison Insider project! Afghanistan, Badakshan, 1990 Memory of Exile. Real cost after financial deduction (France): 330 €

Estimated delivery: April 2016

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