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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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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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Right to information

The right to information is important for legal proceedings for persons in pre-trial detention (including the information required for an appeal) as well as when it comes to the rights, obligations and rules of life in detention.

The right to information is essential for all persons deprived of liberty since one cannot assert one’s rights if they are not aware of them.  Contrary to the outside world, places of...

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