Family visits

Questions for monitors

What is the visits regime like (frequency of visits, length of visits)?

Is there the possibility for flexible application of the policy regulating family visits?

What are the grounds for restricting the rights of family visits?

Does the disciplinary regime contain any measures that restrict detainee’s access to family visits?

Are intimate / conjugal visits allowed? How often?

women
foreigners
disabilities
minorities
children

Are intimate/conjugal visits allowed without discrimination?

women

Are there measures in place to ensure that women prisoners are able to maintain contact with family located far away?

How are family members treated by detaining authorities when visiting?

What is the legal framework for searches of visitors? Are there clear rules regarding prohibited items? Are these rules visibly displayed?

How are searches conducted in practice on family members?

What are the consequences for visitors who refuse to undergo a body search? Is the physical environment provided for visits appropriate?

women
children

Does the physical environment afford some privacy? Are special needs (such as play areas for children) met?

In what conditions do relatives wait until accessing the space dedicated to visits?

women
foreigners
disabilities
minorities
children

Is there the possibility for alternative arrangements for detainees who never or rarely receive outside visits?

women
minorities
children

Does legislation and policy provide for housing prisoners as close as possible to their communities? How does it work in practice?

Does the prison have a policy or procedure relating to detainees preparing for release? Are there measures to improve linkages between detainee and family members in the lead up to release?

disabilities

Does the prison have a policy around providing ‘reasonable accommodation’ during family visits for detainees with a physical or mental disability or when one of their parents have a physical or mental disability?