How bad are French prisons?

How bad are French prisons?

Prisons in France are overcrowded, and prison guards are understaffed. The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), a European Council agency, denounced "inhumane and humiliating treatment" in French prisons in 2003. It cited "overcrowding", "lack of resources", and "long detention times" as problems.

In 2007, the CPT again called attention to conditions in French prisons. It said prisoners were subjected to "inhuman and degrading treatment including prolonged standing or sitting," and that violence was common. It also reported cases of torture and other ill-treatment by police officers.

France has one of the highest rates of incarceration in Europe. In 2008, it estimated that it held 700 people in jail because they could not pay their fines.

The majority of these individuals would have been given a community service order if they had been able to pay their fine through supervision or other forms of alternative punishment. However, if they failed to meet the terms of this order they would be sent to prison where they would usually remain incarcerated until they could pay their fine.

Those who are unable to pay may be forced to sell drugs or perform other criminal acts to raise money with which to pay their fine. The CPFT wrote in 2007 that many prisoners in French jails were there because they could not afford to buy food once released.

Why are French prisons overpopulated?

February 26th, 2020 The European Court of Human Rights (E.C.H.R.) ruled on January 30, 2020, that France had violated the European Convention on Human Rights due to inadequate confinement conditions in many prisons. Overcrowding is a serious issue in French jails, as this instance demonstrates. The E.C.H.R. found that an Algerian prisoner had been held in excessive confinement for more than three years without trial or sentence. He had been placed in isolation upon arrival at his destination prison and denied contact with other inmates or staff members except through video link. There was no evidence that efforts had been made to resolve the matter through diplomatic channels.

The E.C.H.R. ordered the government to conduct an independent review of Mr. Oukabir's case and release him if there was no reason for keeping him in custody. It also ordered improvements to be made to detention conditions in all French prisons.

Mr. Oukabir was imprisoned after staging a protest outside the Paris office of President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010, calling for the release of Muslim prisoners. Police say he shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest") as they took him into custody. His family says this was in response to police having shot and killed another protester earlier in the day. No one else was injured in the incident.

Is torture legal in France?

Police abuse is still a reality in France today, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has criticised France for confinement conditions in prisons, including the use of torture on detainees. Torture occurs despite the fact that the law and the Constitution forbid it.

Under French law, anyone who inflicts severe pain upon another person intentionally or by negligence can be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined 3,000 euros ($3,400). The punishment increases if the victim is injured during the torture.

However, police officers are granted immunity from prosecution while performing their duties. This means that torture is legal under French law if used by police officers in the course of their work.

In August 2005, Carole Delgaizar and her three children were stopped by police in a car with an invalid license plate at around 9:00 p.m. During the stop, the police noticed drug paraphernalia in the car so they took all four people into custody. They were taken to a police station where they were held for six hours before being released without being charged with a crime. In November 2005, Carole filed a complaint against two police officers alleging physical and psychological torture. The investigation conducted by the judge revealed evidence of serious acts of violence including punches, kicks, and electric shocks with wires attached to fingers and toes.

How dangerous are UK prisons?

Despite improvements in the prison system, such as the hiring of over 3,000 front-line operational staff and the enhancement of violence monitoring, the CPT found that "male prisons remain violent, unsafe, and overcrowded, with many inmates enduring restricted and isolating regimes and/or long periods of... detention." The CPT also reported that "staff shortages continue to impact on the ability of prisons to meet institutional standards."

The Prison System statistics website reports that there were approximately 130,000 people being held in prison at the end of 2010. This represents a rate of imprisonment of about one in 100 adults.

The majority of prisoners are imprisoned for non-violent crimes, but there is evidence to suggest that this is changing. In 2007, around 70% of prisoners were estimated to be serving sentences for offences considered serious by British law; this proportion had increased to 77% by 2010. There is also evidence that young people are becoming increasingly likely to be sentenced to custody. In 2008, about 17% of all prisoners were under the age of 18; this proportion was higher for those convicted of violent offences - about 35% - and drug offences - about 50%.

Prisoners can become ill while in custody. Statistics show that about 40 people die in prison every year, most often as a result of illnesses that could have been prevented with better health care. However, others die from injuries sustained during fights, overdoses, or suicides.

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Donald Beck

Donald Beck is a police officer with an intense desire to protect people. He enjoys working at night because it feels like the world belongs to him and his fellow officers. Donald wants to be on the front lines of safety for as long as possible.

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