Recreational activities

Key Elements

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 pursuits. They should be conducted during hours separate from the time devoted to training and sports activities, and not in place of them.

Places of detention should provide personnel and appropriate installations and premises to organise and conduct recreational activities.

All detainees should have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities if they so wish, irrespective of their gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation or physical or mental condition.