Why is it important to have a prison oversight body?

Prisons operate largely outside the public eye, and are referred to as “closed institutions” due to the difficulty of accessibility. Therefore, independent prison oversight is vital to the protection of inmates’ human rights, because:

  1. Regular monitoring acts as a preventative measure against human rights abuses in prisons.
  2. Regular reporting allows prison and inmates’ issues to reach the public and
  3. The combination of monitoring and reporting prompts governmental accountability and action.