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DETENTION FOCUS is a database grouping the most relevant issues related to prison worldwide. Conceived from a detention monitoring and a human rights perspective, it offers users an in-depth analysis on key issues such as solitary confinement, body searches, family visits, staff working conditions or access to a lawyer.

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Groups in situations of vulnerability

Any detained person, whatever the reasons that led to their deprivation of liberty, is in a situation of vulnerability. The following are factors that place people in situations of vulnerability: a power imbalance between detainees and those in charge of them, an almost complete dependency upon the institution which has deprived them of their freedom or limits their movements, weakened social ties and stigmatization related to detention.

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DATABASE ON DETENTION ISSUES

DETENTION FOCUS is a database grouping the most relevant issues related to prison worldwide. Conceived from a detention monitoring and a human rights perspective, it offers users an in-depth analysis on key issues such as solitary confinement, body searches, family visits, staff working conditions or access to a lawyer.

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Groups in situations of vulnerability

Any detained person, whatever the reasons that led to their deprivation of liberty, is in a situation of vulnerability. The following are factors that place people in situations of vulnerability: a power imbalance between detainees and those in charge of them, an almost complete dependency upon the institution which has deprived them of their freedom or limits their movements, weakened social ties and stigmatization related to detention.

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Recruitment

Recruitment processes play a key role in ensuring prisons have staff with the required skills, knowledge and attitude to perform their role with respect for the dignity and human rights of detainees. Prison systems therefore need an active recruitment policy, which has a clear idea of the kind of people they wish to recruit, sets out the nature of the work to attract the right candidates, and has criteria and procedures for selection,...

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