Acting on the recommendation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Sombor Penal-Correctional Institution, in cooperation with local self-government, initiated the construction of a new facility, in order to relocate the part of the Institution from an unsuitable facility located in the city centre. Until then, the Institution will maintain the existing premises in a functional state and, in accordance with the possibilities, provide the prisoners with the missing means necessary for staying in the Institution. As the NPM has been informed, in cooperation with the competent courts, the possibilities of working engagements of remand prisoners will be considered, and the Administration for the Enforcement of Penal Sanctions provided funds for courses and trainings for convicted persons.
In order to harmonize practice with modern standards of treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, the new procedures introduced the possibility that the attorneys' visits take place without physical obstacles, that a detailed searches of the persons are carried out gradually and that the members of the Security Service do not carry truncheons in a visible way. In addition, a special injuries record has been established, funds have been provided for the procurement of medical instruments for wound healing and appropriate instructions were given to healthcare personnel about the detection and description of injuries.
The NPM team visited Sombor PCI on 5 and 6 December 2018. The Report was made on this visit, with 31 recommendations for removing the observed shortcomings and improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in this Institution.