As regards Monsanto High Security Prison, where prisoners were confined alone in their cells for some 21 hours a day, recommendations are made to develop the range of purposeful activities in place for each inmate and to promote better contacts between staff and prisoners. Further, the authorities are again requested to institute rigorous safeguards concerning the placement of prisoners, and any extension thereof, in the high-security estate.
The Portuguese authorities are invited to phase out the carrying of truncheons by custodial staff in detention areas at both Lisbon Central and Monsanto Prisons.
In their response, the Portuguese authorities refer to the steps being taken to expand the application of alternative measures to imprisonment and to the ongoing investment to improve prison conditions at Lisbon Central Prison. Information is also provided on the measures being taken or under consideration to implement the CPT’s recommendations concerning the programme of activities in prison, staffing issues, the disciplinary system and the health-care services.
In the course of the May 2013 visit, the CPT’s delegation also examined in detail the investigation into a case of alleged ill-treatment by a National Republican Guard (GNR) officer. The report highlights a series of deficiencies in the investigation of this case and raises concerns as to the flow of information between the GNR, the Inspectorate General of Home Affairs (IGAI) and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. In their extensive response, the Portuguese authorities concur with the CPT’s findings concerning the investigation into this specific case and refer to the steps being taken to ensure that the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the relevant inspectorates are informed directly of any allegation of ill-treatment in the future.
The visit report and government response have been made public at the request of the Portuguese authorities and are available on the CPT’s website (http://www.cpt.coe.int/).