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Short Update: Prisons in Poland ban visits and significantly restrict other rights

admin - April 10, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions, Access to a lawyer

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, prisons in Poland have taken measures to restrict a number of rights in prisons, including bans on visits, holding of religious services and entry of non-staff service personnel into the prisons. According to Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland (HFHR) report restrictions in some prisons also include a ban on receiving parcels, granting of passes, closing of residential cells and walks in prison facilities. Visits by defence counsel are also restricted in some prisons.

To mitigate the effects of restrictions some prison administrations are expanding the possibility of maintaining contact with families via telephone or internet communication. In some prisons and pre-trial detention facilities additional conversations via Skype and additional telephone conversations or the extension of their duration are granted.

HRHF has raised concerns about the legality of extensions for these restrictions, which should be approved by a penitentiary judge. However, eleven penitentiary facilities have announced that the restrictions will continue to apply until they are revoked, with another twelve failing to indicate the duration of their applicability.

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