La Comité européen de prévention de la torture: Mécanisme de contrôle des établissements de détention

Monitoring detention centres in Europe has become a crucial concern because of the overcrowding and poor physical living conditions in some of these institutions. Since 1987, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), a unique prevention mechanism, has visited detention centres in d...

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Published in:Canadian journal of criminology and criminal justice
Main Author: Lehalle, Sandra
Contributors: Landreville, Pierre (Author); Céré, Jean-Paul (Author)
Format: Print Article
Language:French
Published: 2006
In:Canadian journal of criminology and criminal justice
Year: 2006, Volume: 48, Issue: 2, Pages: 233-250
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Summary:Monitoring detention centres in Europe has become a crucial concern because of the overcrowding and poor physical living conditions in some of these institutions. Since 1987, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), a unique prevention mechanism, has visited detention centres in different countries and drawn up recommendations for the states concerned. Using some concrete examples, this article examines how the CPT fulfils its monitoring mission, creates penitentiary norms, and influences the practices of correctional systems across Europe. The analysis of this mechanism allows us to conclude that the CPT is a good example and a useful tool for improving living conditions in detention centres as well as for protecting prisoners' rights. (English) [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
ISSN:1707-7753