Detention issue

Protection against violence

FRA research findings

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Legal instruments & key provisions

Legal instrument Key provision
Execution of Penalties and Detention in Custody Act (Закон за изпълнение на наказанията и задържане под стража)Violent behaviour, including threatening, is a disciplinary violation, for which prisoners can receive disciplinary sanctions. When absolutely necessary, in cases of violence among prisoners, the prison staff is allowed to use physical force and, if physical force is not sufficient for achieving the result, additional means and tools such as handcuffs, batons, rubber cartridges, etc. All prisons must be equipped with technical and other means of security and control and prisoners must be warned about their use, including the use of audio-visual systems for controlling prisoners’ behaviour.


Year Recommendation Report
2020During the reporting period, more signals were received for violence, both between prisoners and the supervisory and security staff. Report details