Clothing and bedding

Key Elements

Clean clothes and bedding, in sufficient quantity and adapted to the climate, are essential elements of good personal hygiene and decent living conditions in detention.

Pre-trial detainees should be allowed to retain their civilian clothes. Detainees serving sentences should, in accordance with national norms, have the option to wear their own clothes rather than a uniform. In all cases, the clothes should never be degrading or humiliating. The clothes should be washed regularly by the laundry service of the institution, or directly by the detainees in washroom or laundry areas provided for this purpose.

Clean bedding changed regularly prevents the outbreak of bug and skin disease epidemics. The bedding should be washed and changed by the laundry service of the institution.