Disciplinary measures

Key Elements

The disciplinary regime establishes the rules of prison life by listing breaches of the internal regulations and the sanctions associated with these. The existence of disciplinary procedures is essential to both the maintenance of order within prison establishments and the respect for the basic human rights of persons deprived of liberty.

Detainees must be familiar with the disciplinary rules and these must be respected by prison authorities. Sanctions for each offence must be provided for in law.
Recourse to disciplinary sanctions must be a last resort, and detainees must see that their right to fair treatment is respected.

Disciplinary sanctions which resemble forms of ill-treatment, as well as those arising from any kind of discrimination are forbidden.