Detaining authorities are responsible for ensuring security within their establishments. The implementation of this responsibility may be achieved through a combination of measures: physical means (surrounding walls and other architectural features designed to prevent escapes), operational procedures (classification of detainees, searches, etc.), and “proactive security”.
The disciplinary system in place is an essential component of security. It enables prison life to be organised and regulated by identifying behaviours which constitute infringements to the rules of communal life, and by establishing sanctions in case these rules are violated.
The disciplinary regime must be considered first and foremost as a set of rules for living and behaviour that make it possible to organise prison life. Disciplinary measures must only be used as sanctions for offences to the disciplinary system in place.