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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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Health care staff

Health staff working in prisons have the same professional and ethical obligations to their patients as staff working in the community health services.  However, the particularities of the prison environment in which the main objectives of the administration are security, safety and maintaining discipline can often conflict with the duty of care of the health staff. This leads to so called “dual loyalties” in which the...

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