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Decree Law No. 51/2011

Publication: Republic Diary No. 71/2011, Series I of 2011-04-11
  • Issuer: Ministry of Justice
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 51/2011
  • Pages: 2180 - 2225

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law approves the General Prison Regulations, a set of rules that governs the operation of prisons.

What information does it contain?

This decree-law includes information about:

  • procedures for taking in, transferring and releasing prisoners
  • leave and transport
  • accommodation, clothing, bed linen and personal hygiene
  • catering and canteens
  • food that can be received from outside the prison
  • health care
  • education, training, work, socio-cultural activities and sports
  • socio-economic support
  • contact with the outside world (packages, visits, mail, phone calls, communication with lawyers, public notary, etc.)
  • collaboration with private institutions and voluntary organizations
  • specific rules for prisoners who are foreigners, female, have children under 18 or have mental health problems.
What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • make sure that the rules are applied equally in all prisons
  • create better conditions for prisoners and promote their reintegration into society
  • promote greater co-operation between the prison service and civil society.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect 60 days after being published.

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