Life in prison (Regime and activities)

Education

Detainees in prison have a right to education and this is crucial for their rehabilitation and reinsertion into society upon release. For children of compulsory school age and detainees lacking basic literacy skills, education should be compulsory. All detainees should have access to a programme…
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Outdoor exercise

All detainees have the right to a minimum of one hour outdoor exercise per day. This is crucial for their mental and physical well-being. Suitable facilities should be provided, which are large enough, safe and properly equipped, in order to provide the opportunity for genuine exercise and…
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Recreational activities

All detention facilities should make available to inmates a programme of recreational activities to maintain or improve their overall well-being. Primarily recreational activities should be distinct from prison work or vocational training and involve sports or socio-cultural…
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Religion

Detainees in prison have the right to freedom of religion. There should be no discrimination based on religion and detainees equally have the right not to subscribe to a religion. Prison authorities should ensure that detainees adhering to a religion can take part in private and collective…
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Work

Work of a useful nature should be provided to keep detainees actively employed for a normal working day. This is important for the well-being of detainees and staff in prisons, as well as for the resettlement of detainees in society. Work placements should be allocated according to an…
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