Institutional culture in detention: a framework for preventive monitoring

This paper looks at positive culture change in places of deprivation of liberty from a human rights perspective. People deprived of their liberty are particularly vulnerable to abuse, including torture and other ill-treatment. Bodies that monitor places of detention play a significant role in preventing torture, by identifying root causes and seeking to reduce the risk of torture occurring. The culture in places of detention is one important systemic factor to be considered in torture prevention efforts.

It is the second in a series of thematic papers on aspects of detention monitoring, which have so far been under-researched and received little attention. They are the result of a joint project between the APT and Penal Reform International (PRI), with financial assistance of the UK Government and the European Union.