The Public Defender of Rights

Protection of Persons Restricted in their Freedom

Prisons, remand prisons, security detention

The Defender has been dealing with conditions in prisons and with the procedure of the Prison Service of the Czech Republic since the beginning of his activities, and has been doing so on the basis of individual complaints; he receives about 200 complaints annually.  Complaints most often concern dismissal of a request for transfer to a different prison, the healthcare provided, imposition of disciplinary punishment, conditions for visits (non-contact visits) or attacks by other convicts. Apart from investigating individual complaints, in January 2006 the Defender started to look into conditions in prisons also within systematic visits, and the findings and experience from the previous activities were valuable assets.  

In assessing the findings, the Defender follows Act No. 169/199 Coll., on Serving Term of Imprisonment and Regulation No. 345/1999 Coll., whereby the Rules of Serving Term of Imprisonment are issued, Act No. 293/1993 Coll., on Custody and Regulation No. 109/1994 Coll., whereby the Rules of Custody are issued, and Act No. 129/2008 Coll., on Serving Security Detention. The Defender also takes into consideration the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and particularly the judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. The Defender also pays attention to the principles stipulated by the European prison rules and Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners or CPT standards. Good practice in the prison service is also dealt with in some foreign guides for prison staff. 

Visited prisons

Map of the already visited prisons

Reports from the visits of prisons

 Report on visits of secure preventive detention (2018) - extract (550.2 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

 Report on visits of prisons (2016) (1.1 MB, Adobe Acrobat document)

Visits and activities in 2011

Visits and activities in 2010

 Report on visits to remand prisons (April 2010) (723.4 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

Visits and activities in 2007

Report from the visits of prisons (December 2006) - summary

FAQ's: Service of Custody, Imprisonment and Preventive Detention

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