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The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners
were adopted on 30 August 1955 by the United Nations
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Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held at Geneva
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, and approved by the Economic and Social Council
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in resolutions of 31 July 1957 and 13 May 1977.
Although not legally binding, the Standards provide guidelines for international and domestic law as regards persons held in prison
A prison is a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime...
s and other forms of custody. They set out what is generally accepted as being good principle and practice in the treatment of prisoners and the management of penal institutions.
- United Nations Standard Minimum Rules
The United Nations has adopted sets of Standard Minimum Rules addressing the following topics:*Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, 30 August 1955...
Was signed and approved on the 31st July 1957 by the United Nations.
First person to sign it was Krith Kumar =]