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The minimum living space per prisoner is 10m2.
Cells are equipped with a bed, a wardrobe, a table and chair, a toilet, and a sink.
in a bed
Natural daylight, ventilation and artificial lighting are considered satisfactory, according to the 2016 CPT report.1
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, “Report to the Government of the Netherlands on the visit carried out from 2 to 13 May 2016”, p.21. ↩
Cells are equipped with heating.
in their cell
A non-smoker cannot be placed in the same cell as a smoker.
Inmates may decorate their cells with posters and photographs on a designated area of the wall.
in some facilities
This is the case at Krimpen aan den IJssel and Zuyder Bos.1
The psychiatric patient cells in Zwolle prison are equipped with a shared toilet block.
Cells in Scheveningen prison are equipped with a semi-partitioned sink and toilet. Each unit has showers that are accessible every day.2
European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, ibid, p.38. ↩
yes, once a week
The prison service is responsible for the provision of clothing and shoes (Article 44, paragraph 1 of the PBW). It ensures that the necessary funds are made available to meet this requirement.
All prisons are equipped with washing machines.
Staff organise the cleaning of collective areas within facilities. Inmates are assigned to these tasks. They may also be hired to complete other day-to-day tasks.
The French group, Sodexo, manages the food service in a number of facilities.
Prisoners complain about the poor quality and low quantity of food served by the Sodexo group.
Specific dietary requirements owing to health, religion, personal beliefs or for reasons relating to employment are met.
Refrigerators, located in cells, are available to rent.