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Guidance document on the European Prison Rules (2023)

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Guidance Prison Rules
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This Guidance Document on the European Prison Rules (EPR) is co-published by Penal Reform International (PRI) and the Council of Europe, within the joint European Union/Council of Europe project ‘SPACE Reports and EU Network of prison monitoring bodies (the European NPM Forum)’. The EPR, adopted by the Council of Europe, set out standards on the management of prisons and the treatment of people in prison. They apply in all Council of Europe member States and provide critical guidance to prison staff on how to protect and safeguard the human rights of people in prison – from admission to release. The rules have been revised four times since 1973, most recently in 2020.

The document has been produced following detailed desk research and consultation and outreach with practitioners. A wide range of inter-governmental institutions, prison experts and representatives of civil society with practical experience have kindly contributed their time and expertise. The authors would like to thank all of them for their crucial input and generous contributions.

This guidance document can be used as a reference document and as a resource for reviewing legislation, developing policies and in training criminal justice actors and other relevant stakeholders in Europe.

The document offers practical guidance to legislators, policymakers, prison authorities, monitoring bodies, probation services, social welfare and healthcare services, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders, to help and encourage them to take action to respond appropriately to the needs of prisoners in Europe.
Introduction 
Terminology 
Abbreviations and acronyms 
The European Prison Rules in context 
Chapter 1 Inspection and monitoring 
1.1 Frequency and modalities of inspections and monitoring 
1.2 Inspection 
1.3 Independent monitoring 
1.4 Protection from reprisals 
Chapter 2 Categories of prisoners 
2.1 Untried prisoners 
2.2 Sentenced prisoners 
2.3 Women 
2.4 Infants in prison 
2.5 Detained children 
2.6 Foreign nationals 
2.7 Ethnic or religious minorities 
Chapter 3 Admission, allocation and accomodation 
3.1 Admission and record keeping 
Arrival and interactions with prison staff 
Validity of detention 
Prisoner file management 
Security, confidentiality and accessibility 
3.2 Allocation of prisoners 
3.3 Accommodation and meeting basic needs 
Cells and accommodation 
Prison design and planning 
Overcrowded prisons 
Separation of categories 
Chapter 4 Hygiene and healthcare 
4.1 Hygiene 
Basic sanitation and good hygiene practices 
Hygiene measures in epidemics and pandemics 
Access to sanitary facilities 
Women and sanitation 
Clothing and bedding 
Nutrition
4.2 Healthcare 
State responsibility for healthcare 
Organisation of prison healthcare 
Special considerations for healthcare 
Prison healthcare staff 
Duties of healthcare staff 
Specialist care 
Mental health 
Medical experiments 
Chapter 5 Contact with the outside world 
Legal advice 
The role of prison authorities to facilitate contact 
In-person visits 
Contact with children 
Notifications 
Contact during transfers 
Participation in public life 
Restrictions on contact 
Chapter 6 Prison regime 
Sentence planning 
Prison work and vocational training 
Exercise, cultural and religious activities 88
Preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that can lead to terrorism 
Education 
Individualised activities and programmes 
Chapter 7 Prison management 
7.1 Information 
Accessibility of information 
Access to information for families 
7.2 Prisoner’s property 
7.3 Transfer of prisoners 
7.4 Release of prisoners 
7.5 Requests and complaints 
Provision of information 
Accessibility 
Timely and appropriate responses 
Record keeping 
Protection against reprisals 
7.6 Management and staff 
Staff recruitment 
Staff training 
Staff terms and conditions 
Systems of organisation and prison management
Chapter 8 Safety and security 
8.1 Good order 
Security and safety 
Risk and needs assessments 
Special high security or safety measures 
Separation of prisoners 
Searches and controls 
8.2 Disciplinary measures 
Disciplinary procedures 
Prohibited sanctions and restrictions 
8.3 Separation and solitary confinement 
Time limits for solitary confinement 
Safeguards and oversight 
8.4 Use of force 
Threshold for the use of force 
Use of special forces units (police or other law enforcement agencies) 
Record keeping and oversight 
Training on use of force 
Use of weapons 
8.5 Instruments of restraint 
Prohibited instruments 
Safeguards and oversight 
Chapter 9 Research and public awareness raising 
9.1 Public awareness 
Developing a communications strategy 
Working with the community 
9.2 Research and evaluation