Questions for monitors
Is there an internal inspection service? If this is the case, what is its mandate and what kinds of visits does it carry out?
Do the internal inspection services act independently as regards the ministry in charge and are its observations and recommendations implemented?
Can the internal services inspectors have private interviews with inmates and personnel? Do they have access to the entire premises and all facilities?
Is there a male/female balance in the internal inspection services and are representatives of minority groups included?
Do the internal services inspectors pay particular attention to groups and people in vulnerable situations?
Do judges and prosecutors have a legal mandate to visit prisons? If so, how are visits conducted in practice?
Is there a system of visits by parliamentary committees? If this is the case, what is the mandate of these commissions and how do they work in practice?
Do independent monitoring systems give particular attention to people in situations of vulnerability?
Are independent monitoring bodies composed of a balance of male/female members and are minority groups represented?
What kinds of links exist between the various monitoring bodies and the inspection services? To what extent is the follow-up of recommendations shared among inspection and monitoring bodies?
Have the various monitoring and inspection bodies put strategies in place to reduce the risk of reprisals towards inmates or personnel?