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Nanterre prison is still in an "overwhelming" state, denounce lawyers


The Hauts-de-Seine bar denounced a still “overwhelming” state of the Nanterre prison, in a visit report sent on Monday March 27 to...

The Hauts-de-Seine bar denounced a still "


" state of the Nanterre prison, in a visit report sent to AFP on Monday March 27, despite measures to improve the conditions of detention ordered by the courts. administration.


The state does not respect court decisions, it's a shame

," said AFP Me Fabien Arakelian, vice-president.


We must ask ourselves the right questions in the face of these unworthy detention conditions, in particular by encouraging alternatives to pre-trial detention


Eight immediate measures

Seized by the bar and the International Observatory of Prisons (OIP), the administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise had ordered, in December, the Ministry of Justice to take eight immediate measures to improve detention in this remand center where detained, in March 2023, 955 people for 592 theoretical places.

Among these measures to be taken urgently: repair windows, electrical installations, exterminate, carry out the daily collection of garbage cans...

Four months later, the bar visited the penitentiary establishment and found that the cells and showers were still in a "


" state: "

Overall unsanitary, overloaded, windows that do not close, damaged walls, exposed and dangling electrical wires, no door to the toilets.


We note, despite the effort and good will of the establishment's management, that the injunctions ordered to the Keeper of the Seals have not been followed up to date

", write the lawyers, according to which "

detritus still litter the floor despite the daily cleaning that the establishment claims to implement


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Cell upgrade

For the rats, a "

curative treatment

" takes place once a week (compared to once a month or quarter previously according to the report).

But "

despite the reinforced curative treatment, rats are present in outdoor spaces, we have seen them at each visit to the courts

", deplores the bar.

No repairs

” have been made to the electrical installations and “

the heating problem has not been solved

”, he adds.

Contacted by AFP, the director of the prison claimed to have launched the upgrading of the cells, in conjunction with a private service provider.

We bought furniture, cabinets, set up benches in the walks

”, also argued Anne Drouche.

The court decision "

accentuated a process already underway

", she assured, citing in particular a selective sorting set up "

before the decision


Regarding the change of windows, “

at our level, we will be able to change 40 this year, but there are more than 500. Funding is still awaited


Source: lefigaro

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