The National Preventive Mechanism made an unannounced visit to the Penal-Correctional Facility in Niš on December 24 and 25. In addition to the checks related to the use of video surveillance and the practice of having confidential conversations with the warden, special attention was paid during this visit to the treatment of psychoactive substance addicts.

The existence of psychoactive substances in prisons is controlled and monitored by the NPM from the safety, health and treatment aspects, and particular attention will be given to this issue in the coming year in order to comprehensively review the situation and produce a thematic report.

Specialized experts will be included in the visits that will be carried out in 2020, which will address the problem of existence of drugs in prisons, and with the planned research we intend to primarily determine the degree of presence of psychoactive substances in prisons and the response of penal-correctional facilities to this problem.

During its stay in Niš, the NPM also made an unannounced visit to the Niš border police station - Airport and the Constantine the Great Airport. The NPM was there for the first time, and the topic was the treatment of foreigners who were not allowed to enter the country. The NPM representatives visited a special room that was provided for accommodation of those who were forbidden from entering the country, and they accessed the required records and interviewed police officers and airport security officers. The NPM will draw up a report on the visit and send it to the competent authorities.