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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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Solitary confinement

Solitary confinement consists in keeping an inmate alone in a cell for over 22 hours a day. 
Because of the harmful effect on the person’s physical and mental well-being, solitary confinement should only be used in exceptional circumstances. It should be strictly supervised and used only for a limited period of time.

Under certain circumstances, solitary confinement can amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, or...

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