The Vranje District Prison informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, acting on the recommendations made, it designated premises for persons held by the police, in order to separate them from detained and convicted persons, and that it will take measures to ensure that every person is provided with as many living space as is foreseen in the modern standards, until the expansion of accommodation capacities. At the same time, access to the toilet is alleviated for people with disabilities and those that have difficulties to walk, works on the adaptation of toilets are under way and completely new sleeping mattresses, produced in the Niš Penitentiary Institute, were provided. In addition, the worn-out kitchen elements were replaced, new equipment for the kitchen was purchased and freshly fruits and vegetables were added to the menu.
Persons deprived of their liberty who do not understand the Serbian language are informed about their rights and duties during their stay in the Prison in a language they understand. Acting on the recommendations, the Prison improved the provision of legal assistance during the disciplinary procedure, handling the requests of pdl’s and the documenting the use of coercive means. In treatment, group work is intensified and prisoners will be offered more training, courses and cultural and artistic activities, as well as the use of a gym. In accordance with the recommendation, the Prison equipped the room for visits of close relatives.
After the visit the NPM team, the District Prison acquired the missing equipment for the infirmary and received the Ministry of Health decision on the fulfillment of the conditions for performing health care in general medicine. Neuropsychiatrist services are also provided for persons deprived of their liberty. Correcting the identified deficiencies, special record for injuries was established and secured that the therapy for persons deprived of liberty is not distributed by non-medical staff, and that the person's medical examinations as a rule are performed only in the presence of health care workers. In addition, the keeping of records of deaths has improved, while the prison doctor submits to the warden periodical reports on the health condition of pdl’s and on the state of hygiene in the Prison, with recommendations for improvement.
The Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions informed the NPM that at this moment there is no legal basis for change of the act on systematization and increasing the number of full-time employees, but that they have submitted requests for a higher number of temporary employees. At the same time, video surveillance has been improved in the Prison, measures have been taken to provide members of the Security Service with the uniforms and employees entitled to an accelerated pension plan are sent for medical controls, which they did not have for a long time.