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DETENTION FOCUS is a database on prison topics and human rights standards. Designed for prison monitors, it combines analysis, norms, checklists and further readings.

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Groups in situations of vulnerability

Any detained person, whatever the reasons that led to their deprivation of liberty, is in a situation of vulnerability. The following are factors that place people in situations of vulnerability: a power imbalance between detainees and those in charge of them, an almost complete dependency upon the institution which has deprived them of their freedom or limits their movements, weakened social ties and stigmatization related to detention.

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DETENTION FOCUS is a database on prison topics and human rights standards. Designed for prison monitors, it combines analysis, norms, checklists and further readings.

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DETENTION FOCUS is regularly updated: make sure to check for new content!

Groups in situations of vulnerability

Any detained person, whatever the reasons that led to their deprivation of liberty, is in a situation of vulnerability. The following are factors that place people in situations of vulnerability: a power imbalance between detainees and those in charge of them, an almost complete dependency upon the institution which has deprived them of their freedom or limits their movements, weakened social ties and stigmatization related to detention.

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Use of force

In prisons, recourse to force must always be the exception and it must always be used as a last resort. There are only three strictly defined situations which may justify the use of force:

1) In the case of legitimate self-defence, when there is an immediate threat of physical violence to a member of the prison staff, a co-detainee or a third party;

2) in the case of an attempted escape;

3) in the case of...

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