France: beyond the stigma
Europe Discipline Health Mental health Drugs FranceThey are banned, but present nonetheless; denying the presence of illicit substances inside prison walls is dangerous from a medical and health point of view. Doctors of the World explained its approach. Read more
France: drugs in prison, an open secret
France: "It's a topsy-turvy world"
France: on camera
Central America and the Caribbean Activities Rehabilitation FranceBasse-Terre prison in Guadeloupe provides prisoner rehabilitation programmes. Film director Mark Alexandre Montout visited the prison to film a cookery competition. Interview. Read more
France: "a change of tactics"
Europe Justice Material conditions Facilities Overcrowding Alternatives FranceIn 2020, the French government was found to have violated the European Convention on Human Rights, due to demeaning detention conditions in French prisons. What is the state of affairs today? The National Human Rights Advisory Commission speaks on the issue. Read more
A prison in the City
France: in search of freedom
France: everyday madness
"These two photos were my first introduction to prison life"
Europe Material conditions Facilities France“I had barely taken a step inside when a rat jumped out of the toilet bowl and landed on my feet…” Thierry Chantegret is a photographer. He joined, in 2021, the team of the Controller-General for Places of Deprivation of Liberty (CGLPL). He comments, for Prison Insider, two of his photos. Read more
Europe Material conditions Facilities Overcrowding FranceThierry Chantegret is a photographer with the French National Preventive Mechanism team. He spoke with us about the role of photography, his approach, and how he gets down to the facts. Read more
France: in search of meaning
Women Europe Activities Social ties Religion FranceSakina is a Muslim chaplain in prison. She guides female prisoners in their religious practice. Ramadan, daily organiszation, work on self-esteem… She tells us all about it Read more
FranceThe French National Union for Families and Friends of People Suffering Mental Illness and/or Psychological Disability (Unafam) offers several approaches that could improve the treatment of people with mental illness who have committed offences. The European Court of Human Rights and the European Co…
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France: walling up madness
Europe Access to legal rights Discipline Mental health Drugs Material conditions FranceFrance has 187 prisons. Since 1994, prison health care falls under the authority of the Ministry of Health. Prison mental healthcare was the subject of a major reform in 2002. Read more
Europe Health Mental health Suicide FranceFresnes, Fleury-Mérogis, la Santé: for 25 years, Cyrille Canetti witnessed the shift of prison psychiatry. (Critical) interview about psychiatry and prison. Read more
Coronavirus Pre-trial detention Minors Mental health Material conditions Overcrowding FranceThe Controller-General for Places of Deprivation of Liberty feels ‘useful everywhere’. One year after taking office, Dominique Simonnot responds to our questions in a candid interview. Read more
“Hearing the sounds of the city”
Facilities Alternatives Rehabilitation Work FranceDetention villages, open prisons, small prisons: what is there to say? We asked geographer Olivier Milhaud three questions. For him, large prisons built outside of cities are “a disaster”. Read more