The National Preventative Mechanism (NPM) publishes its sixth annual report today, reporting on conditions of detention across the United Kingdom and focussing on a theme of 'isolation and solitary confinement'.
The National Preventative Mechanism is a group of 20 statutory bodies that independently monitor places of detention to prevent torture and other ill-treatment of detainees. The UK's NPM was established in 2009 after the UK ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). ICVA represents Independent Custody Visiting Schemes within the NPM who make unannounced visits to police custody to check on the rights, entitlements, welfare and conditions of detainees.
The Annual Report comments on conditions throughout different areas of custody, discussing recent developments. It also takes an in-depth look at 'isolation and solitary confinement' in detention, highlighting a number of concerns.
Further information about the NPM and its work can be found on its website: http://www.nationalpreventivemechanism.org.uk