Rights Behind Bars: The Conditions and Treatment of Those in Prison

This video of a speech by Anne Owers, the then- Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, focuses on three main themes: human rights in a prison context, the importance of independent prison inspections as a human rights mechanism, and reactions to proposed changes to the inspection process. She draws on examples from her own experience with inspections to show how prison environments are inherently dangerous to the fostering of human rights. This speech is useful for anyone interested in understanding how independent inspectors can impact human rights conditions in prisons and how such inspections differ from internal reviews of efficiency or audits to assess adherence to standards.