Updated on 9 November 2020
Stock up on tobacco for 15 days and on hygiene products more than usual.
Stock up for food for cooking for the detainees and the staff for more than 5 days and for preparing soft meal.
As of 2 June, continuation of the gradual restart of national transfers of convicted prisoners but under conditions(from remand centers towards detention centers within the same interregional directorate, towards detention centers in green zone or to enter or leave special areas (radicalization, assessmentcenter).
Court videoconferencing is still recommended to be used as much as possible during the deconfinement period.
The distancing and hygiene measures are still applied and wearing a mask is still compulsory.
The very strict health security rules defined during the first sentence of the deconfinement will continue to be implemented including in the green zone.
Two visitors can from 2 June 2020 be authorized per detainee; in particular, an adult visitor may be accompanied by a child under the age of 16. Where applicable, families will be informed that they must ensure that minors comply with the barrier measures; in particular, minors over the age of 11 must wear a suitable protective mask. The restriction to one parlor per week per detainee could be lifted to take into account in particular the level of reservations noted during the first sentence of deconfinement which, locally, can allow the granting of one or two parlor additional; on the other hand, the maximum duration of the visiting rooms is maintained at one hour. There will always be separation devices in the visiting rooms or spacing. The physical distance rules will be appplied between risoners and their visitors. Access to visiting rooms remains prohibited for Covid-19 sick detainees and confined contact detainees, except where the fortnight was relieved by the USMP after a negative test on the 7th day. Access to family visiting rooms and family living units remains suspended during this phase of deconfinement.
The delivery of laundry to the visiting rooms is authorized from 2 June. Laundry must be stored for at least 24 hours in a dedicated space before being handed over to detainees; laundry must also be subject to in-depth security checks. The officers responsible for the search will be equipped with gloves and masks, in particular.
In the orange zone, the number of authorized laundry can be limited if necessary; in the green zone, the usual limitations must be strictly observed.
Family visits are maintained, but in a more restrictive manner: visiting rooms must have protective devices. There is no longer access to family living units. The delivery of laundry by families remains possible but in compliance with sanitary rules. From 01 November, a telephone package of 30 euros is offered to inmates with a telephone account. Phone messaging will again be free.
Suspension of activities (social; education; sport in confined area; workshop; vocational training). For the minors, activities with the minor educators are maintained with the sanitary rules applied.
Continuation of daily walk and outdoor sports for limited number of detainees.
Suspension of religious activities;
Only cleaning, cooking, tobacco canteen, meal distribution and urgent maintenance with sanitary rules applied.
Suspension of visiting rooms from March 18. Detainees and their relatives have to be informed by any way.
The priority is to define an activity continuity plan ( ACP) which contained the main missions and the means to do them.
The main missions are :
As of June 2, only the opening of new workshops in the orange zones remains subject to the regional validation procedure.
The gradual resumption of vocational training was prepared during the first phase of deconfinement; from June 2, it is up to school heads, regardless of the area considered, under the authority of the interregional directorates, to ensure that the health security conditions are met to allow the possible resumption of each course.
The gradual resumption of other activities Certain activities can resume, very gradually, during the second phase of deconfinement, in compliance with health rules, organizational capacities of establishments, availability of partners who animate the activities and finally, the more or less priority of activities with regard to the needs of the criminal population.
Thus, by June 22, the resumption of activity of associations and partners who work with fragile, isolated audiences, and as part of the maintenance of rights, administrative and legal support will be prioritized.
The second phase of deconfinement should also make it possible to prepare for the resumption of certain socio-cultural activities; this recovery can only be gradual from June 2 and, in any event, effective only in the green zone. These activities will be organized by the SPIP and the cultural coordinators or activity coordinators, in conjunction with external speakers, according to a calendar which will take into account the available staff of the establishments and compliance with health rules. In particular, activities involving physical contact or which do not allow physical distancing cannot be authorized. External contributors are subjected to the same controls at the entry as the families coming to the visiting rooms (presentation of the certificate on honor, wearing of the individual mask at the expense of the contributor, hand washing, etc.). In this spirit, interventions in individual interviews will be privileged in order to ensure physical distance.
As of 22 June 2020, the resumption of individual chaplains’ interviews with detained persons is authorized.
These interviews will be held in suitable places in detention, and not in cells in order to limit the entry into detention of outside workers, and in compliance with barrier gestures; chaplains must wear their protective masks. Celebrations or collective spiritual activities may not resume, regardless of the area, in polycultual rooms whose configuration does not allow strict compliance with barrier measures (physical distance, ventilation, absence of contact, etc.); in any event, collective celebrations cannot bring together more than 10 people at a time. As well,the toll-free numbers established by six of the seven national chaplains during containment are maintained.
Outdoor walk are maintained but in small number. Outdoor sports activities or in the gymnasium are kept in small group. No more access to fitness and weight rooms. School for minors in small group are maintained. For adults, it’s distancing school. No more professional training. No more cultural activities. The work in the general service is maintained as well as the workshops, in the respect of the sanitary rules.
Vulnerable or sick people must always wear a mask provided by the health unit.
Penitentiary staff is allowed to move and to go to work. They will have to show their pass, professional certificate or professional card.
List the available staff. The training Academy will be closed. Fragile agents (pregnant, staff with severe disease or on special treatment) will have to stay home.
Transfers ( national and international) are suspended except for order and security measures;
Judicial extractions will be reduce and video conferences support will be preferred.
For any further questions regarding the procedures in the state of emergency taken by the Ministry of Justice: Department of Prisons of France please contact the following:
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union