ISOLATION IN DETENTION – GUIDANCE PUBLISHED
On the 10 February 2017, the UK NPM published Guidance: Isolation in Detention. This guidance was developed on the basis of the findings of the review of isolation and solitary confinement across detention settings conducted by NPM members in 2014–15, and draws from international standards and best practice. NPM members found wide variations in the practices, procedures, safeguards against harm and experiences of detainees arising from isolation, even when it was applied in similar circumstances.
The guidance provides a framework that NPM members will apply when examining the issue and making recommendations, and aims to improve consistency of approach. It allows NPM members to identify and promote good and improved practice. We hope the document will also inform detention practice and policy.
SEVENTH ANNUAL REPORT AND DETENTION POPULATION DATA MAPPING PROJECT
Published on 13 January 2017, and capturing the work of the 20 members, the 2015-16 annual report highlights member specific developments, summarises this year’s joint and thematic projects, and provides updates on conditions and legislation across all UK detention settings.
Alongside the report, the Detention Population Data Mapping Project is a collection of detention population data from the year. As part of OPCAT it is a requirement for NPMs to have access to all information concerning the number of persons deprived of liberty in places of detention. The NPM has for the first time collated all available data on population numbers across every detention setting in the UK, with an aim to highlight both what we know and what we don’t.