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The evaluation of long-term prisoners weakened by "inconsistencies", assures the comptroller of prisons

2022-12-07T05:57:30.754Z

These ruptures can dissuade certain prisoners from maintaining their request for adjustment of sentence, "which conflicts with the objective of combating recidivism and reintegration", she believes.



The evaluation mechanism for long-term detainees causes "

ruptures

" in reintegration and suffers

from "inconsistencies

" calling into question its "

relevance

", considers the Controller General of Places of Deprivation of Liberty (CGLPL), Dominique Simonnot, in a notice published Wednesday.

"

As they are currently implemented, these assessment systems lead to violations of some of the fundamental rights of persons deprived of their liberty

", adds this independent authority, calling for a reform of the legal framework of the National Assessment Center ( CNE).

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Managed by the Directorate of Prison Administration (DAP) and spread over four sites in France, this CNE intervenes at two stages very far from the incarceration of long sentences.

As part of an " initial

" assessment

, he determines the establishment in which prisoners who have just been sentenced to more than 15 years' imprisonment for a list of offenses (crime, rape, act of barbarity, etc.) will be locked up. .).

As part of the " end of sentence

" assessment

, the CNE welcomes those sentenced to the longest sentences, including life imprisonment when they have applied for conditional release.

Every year, some 800 prisoners are transferred to one of the CNE sites for six weeks of “

initial

” or “

end of sentence

” assessment.

At their end, a report is published on which the DAP will rely for the assignment decision, or a sentence enforcement judge for conditional release.

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The operation of this center with four decentralized sites presents inconsistencies which call into question the very relevance of the tool

”, estimates the CGLPL on the basis of visits in 2021 and testimonies.

If it finds that the premises are largely “

in excellent condition

”, the authority raises several grievances.

The delays to join the CNE are "

far beyond

" the legal limits and the wait to leave, once the assessment is completed, is done in isolated and "

unsuitable

" neighborhoods in terms of health or activities, at the risk of cause a "

new prison shock

".

Above all, this device would be "

misunderstood

" by detainees at the end of their sentence and would cause a "

series of ruptures

" in particular in their access to work in detention and the "

maintenance of links with the outside

".

These ruptures can dissuade certain prisoners from maintaining their request for adjustment of sentence, "

which conflicts with the objective of the fight against recidivism and reintegration

" of the CNE, considers the opinion.

Source: lefigaro

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