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Reducing overcrowding in Bangladeshi prisons

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Massive overcrowding in Bangladeshi prisons, housing three times more prisoners than they were built for, poses a severe threat to prisoners’ health. The root cause of this situation lies in the country’s legal system, where there is insufficient access to legal advice and assistance and slow work on inmates’ files. A project supported by the GIZ and incorporating all relevant authorities on the matter was called to life. With the help of multi-stakeholder dialogue, the situation could be analyzed accordingly and a road map was drafted to reduce the problem of overcrowding. Well-structured formal and informal meetings brought more clarity into the process of cooperation.

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