Austria - Time out of cell



Detention issue

Time out of cell

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Legal instruments & key provisions

Legal instrument Key provision
Penal Code (Strafvollzugsgesetz) Prisoners who do not work outside have the right to spend one hour daily outside if the weather does not prevent it. Prisoners who work outside do have this right on each day they do not work. Time outside is to be extended, if this does not interfere with other tasks and order in the prison. Sport is to be allowed, as it is possible regarding equipment, age and health.


Year Recommendation Report
2016 Steps should be taken to offer prisoners more time for activities outside the inmate cell, including of Fridays and weekends. The lock-up times must be shortened, particularly for unemployed prisoners. Lock-up times of 23 hours per day are intolerable. Persons who have been deprived of their liberty should be offered appropriate activities. This applies to juveniles, in particular. In addition to education and occupational or other training, sports activities should also be an important part of this programme. Report details