Order and Security

A prisoner has to comply with the prison rules as well as the orders and instructions issued by the prison personnel. A prisoner has to behave in an appropriate manner towards the prison personnel and other prisoners.

A prisoner has the right to possess a reasonable number of private utility items, which do not cause harm to the cleanliness, order, or security of the prison. Absolutely forbidden are, for example, firearms and edged weapons, mobile phones, cameras, IT equipment, and medicines.

The premises used by prisoners and the property in their possession can be inspected as the need arises. The inspections of premises are in fact part of the normal prison routines. Narcotics detection dogs are often used in the inspections.

A prisoner can be subjected to a body search with the presence of a witness if it is necessary in order to prevent an escape or preserve the prison order or if the prisoner is suspected of possessing unlawful articles or substances. The prison director may also order a body cavity search to be conducted on a prisoner if he or she is with probable cause suspected of an offence for which the punishment is more than six months of imprisonment.

A disciplinary punishment can be imposed on a prisoner for a disciplinary infraction, a breach of permit conditions, or criminal activity. More severe offences are reported to the police.

A prisoner can be segregated from other prisoners if it is necessary in order to maintain safety or prevent criminal activity.

A prisoner cannot be restraint unless it is necessary to prevent an escape during transportation or to control violent behaviour causing danger or harm. The restraint may not continue longer than necessary.

Published 11.7.2019