Restrictions on remand

The court, on the recommendation of the prosecutor, decides what contact a person on remand may have with the world outside prison.

Restrictions might include visits or telephone calls being monitored or fully denied for security reasons or as part of an ongoing investigation. The prisoner may also be denied access to newspapers, radio and television for the same reasons.

The lawyer representing the prisoner always has the right to meet him or her in private.

Avoiding isolation on remand

To avoid isolation and negative consequences of longer periods spent in a remand prison, regulations that stipulate that a person held on remand should, if possible, be offered work or some other occupation.

He or she should also be allowed to associate with other prisoners and have access to television, newspapers and other distractions when possible. This can constitute a challenge when several prisoners have restrictions and are not allowed to see other prisoners on remand. But the prison officers in our remand prisons work hard to make sure to avoid isolation as much as possible.