Fouilles corporelles

Questions for monitors

Are the circumstances, conditions and terms of body searches defined in a piece of legislation?

Are search procedures detailed in the institution’s rules?

Are personnel, staff, inmates and visitors aware of the search procedures detailed in the institution’s rules?

Are body searches conducted only when necessary and respecting the principle of proportionality?

Are body searches conducted systematically to all detainees, at other moments than upon admission?

Are body searches carried out of other detainees’ sight?

Are body searches carried out by personnel of the same gander and without staff members of the opposite sex present?

women
children

Are women (including children and teenagers) searched by female staff members only?

Are there specific regulations for body searches of transgender people providing them with the opportunity to choose the gender of the person doing the search?

Are full body searches conducted in two stages (upper body and lower body) and in a separate room? What happens in practice?

Are intimate excavations they strictly forbidden? Otherwise, are they expected to be carried out only in exceptional circumstances and by a qualified physician (other than the prison’s doctor)? What happens in practice?

Are there any alternatives to body searches in place? Are there any in place, notably to avoid body searches of visitors?