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National Preventive Mechanism publishes annual report into UK detention

We contributed to this report as we are a member organisation of the National Preventive Mechanism.

The fifth annual report of the UK’s national mechanism for the prevention of torture and ill treatment in detention is published today.

The report gives an overview of the work of the National Preventive Mechanism, monitoring detention in:

  • prisons
  • police custody
  • court cells
  • customs custody facilities
  • children’s secure accommodation
  • immigration, military and mental health facilities. 

We are a member of the National Preventive Mechanism, which is coordinated by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, along with 19 other independent bodies with powers to inspect regularly all places of detention.

This brings into our remit the clear purpose of preventing ill treatment of anyone deprived of their liberty.

Today’s report looks at the issue of restraint, and how some members have begun to work together to ensure to ensure detainees feel they can speak freely to inspectors or monitors.

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