Denouncing “total indignity”, Dominique Simonnot, controller general of places of deprivation of liberty, makes six recommendations to the administration to improve the sanitary conditions of police custody. Darmanin procrastinates.
The Controller General of Places of Deprivation of Liberty (CGLPL) Dominique Simonnot issued six recommendations on September 21 to improve conditions of custody in police stations, denouncing their “total indignity” in times of health crisis.
Between November 2020 and July 2021, the CGLPL visited 17 police stations in Paris, Ile-de-France and the regions to ensure that the material conditions of reception of persons deprived of their liberty complied with government requirements related to the Covid-19 epidemic.
“Inadmissible in ordinary times, these conditions of promiscuity and hygiene are even more so in times of health crisis”, alarms Dominique Simonnot.
Hygiene conditions “structurally unworthy”, according to the CGLPL
She denounces the promiscuity of premises “often unsuitable and unworthy” which make it impossible to respect barrier gestures or “structurally unworthy” hygiene conditions marked by “pestilential odors” and “the accumulation of grime”.
It notes, for example, the sharing of mattresses “almost never cleaned and even less disinfected”, the provision of a personal protective mask “almost never renewed” during deprivation of liberty, the government recommends a change every four hours, and the ‘limited access to hydroalcoholic gel.
According to Dominique Simonnot, “no particular protocol has been put in place in the context of the health crisis”, such as the regular disinfection of the premises, a specific cleaning of the contact areas or a latency period between two uses of a cell. .
In his recommendations sent to the Ministry of the Interior, the controller urges the administration to equip itself with custody and detention facilities “sized in proportion to judicial activity. [et] maintained in a good state of repair, maintenance and hygiene ”, while ensuring access“ at all times ”to hygiene kits delivered“ without restrictions ”.
“The recurring nature of the shortcomings identified as well as the lack of improvement in this situation over the past ten years require that a comprehensive policy to rehabilitate police premises and improve hygiene be put in place today. », Recommends in conclusion of the CGLPL.
All CGLPL recommendations are published on September 21 in the Official Journal.
Darmanin considers the judgment of the CGLPL “too categorical”
In his response, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin rejected the term “total indignity” used to qualify the reception conditions in the police stations, deeming it “too categorical and too general. [et fondée] on the visit of a limited number of premises ”.
The obligation to treat persons held in police custody with dignity is “rigorously respected in the vast majority of situations”, he assured, nevertheless acknowledging “that there is[ait] premises, however rare, whose material situation does not[était] not satisfactory ”.
Dominique Simonnot was appointed by Emmanuel Macron to this function in October 2020 on the advice of Eric Dupont-Moretti. Journalist, she has long held the judicial column of Chained Duck.