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DETENTION FOCUS is a database on prison topics and human rights standards. Designed for prison monitors, it combines analysis, norms, checklists and further readings.

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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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DETENTION FOCUS is a database on prison topics and human rights standards. Designed for prison monitors, it combines analysis, norms, checklists and further readings.

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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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Body searches

In prison, it is sometimes necessary, for security reasons, to conduct body searches of detainees. The aim of body searches is to avoid bringing in and trafficking banned or dangerous substances and objects (e.g. weapons, drugs, or mobile phones).

There are three types of body searches:

• frisking (or pat-down): the detainee remains dressed;
• visual inspections: the detainee must undress and is...

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