1. Promote a criminal justice policy designed to reduce the use of prison sentences and help eliminate prison overcrowding by:
  • favouring non-custodial sentences, particularly penal constraint;
  • adjusting prison sentencing by making much greater use of conditional release and release under constraint; not releasing prisoners without having prepared them for returning to society;
  • implementing a mechanism to prevent prison overcrowding (numerous clausus).
  1. Create detention conditions that respect the basic rights and dignity of every individual by:
  • respecting each prisoner’s right to a single cell;
  • re-thinking the design of new prisons whose de-humanizing aspects have been denounced by all parties (prisoners, personnel and outside bodies);
  • implementing the European Prison Rules.
  1. Opt for open access to prisons by:
  • allowing access to prisons for civil society, particularly civil organisations;
  • allowing access to prisons for all public services (health, education, training) to ensure the same quality of life and the same rights on the inside as on the outside.
  1. Give meaning and substance to time spent in prison by:
  • giving each prisoner a chance to manage their own time, and facilitating access to activities, employment, training, sports, leisure time, cultural activities, and means of information and expression;
  • implementing real preparation for release with effective support;
  • allowing prisoners to have collective discussions as referred to in European Prison Rule 50.