Objective of individual enlancement in prisons of France questioned

A parliamentary commission of inquiry proposes not to make this principle an absolute … whose implementation is also constantly postponed since 1875.


Near the presidential election obliges, the report of the commission of inquiry “to identify the dysfunctions and failures of the French prison policy” did not attract the unanimous accession of the members who participated. Launched by the Republicans (LR) group of the National Assembly, this commission of inquiry worked all azimuths, auditioning 135 people and visiting four penitentiary centers under the presidency of Philippe Benassaya, Member of Parliament LR of Yvelines.

But the elected representatives voted against the publication of the report established by Carolina Abadie, the Republic in the March (LRM) of the Isère. The Rapporteur, sovereign according to the settlement of the Assembly to hold the pen and to draw up the recommendations made on behalf of the commission of inquiry, has not treated enough, to the taste of the right elected officials, the question of Islamist radicalization in prison.

Of the 55 proposals for this report, those concerning prison supervisors are placed in the lead. With a simple simple recommendation, likely to improve working conditions in prisons suffering from overpopulation, advocating that staff organizational charts are based on the actual inmate staff and not the theoretical capacity of the institution. A similar proposal is formulated to recalibrate the sanitary teams.

Other proposals, such as the development of alternative penalties in the prison or the limitation of pre-trial detention by the use of residential assignment under electronic bracelet, had been in the rank of the priorities of the justice ministers since 2017.

Dignity of the conditions of detention

On the other hand, the report of the commission of inquiry tackles a totem of prison policy, individual enlancement. An objective proclaimed in an incantational and in vain for nearly one hundred and fifty years with the 1875 prison law. The idea was that isolation was an element of punishment. The principle was then taken up on behalf of security in order to avoid criminogenic connivance.

Individual enlancement has been again enrolled in the hard of the law in 2000, this time with a three-year period left to the government for its effective implementation. But in the safe spiral that France has been experiencing for twenty years, the race for the construction of new prison places has systematically been lost in the face of the continual rise in the number of people incarcerated.

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