Right to decent conditions

Code C says that there should only be one person in each cell, but only 'so far as is practicable'. Police cells must be adequately heated, cleaned, ventilated and lit. Bedding should be clean. Access to toilet and washing facilities must be provided.

The police should check on persons in cells once an hour, or every half-hour on those who are drunk. At least two light meals and one main meal should be offered in any period of 24 hours. Brief outdoor exercise should be offered daily if practicable. If restraints have to be used the reasons for doing so have to be recorded. Article 3 of the Convention is of course relevant here. The more vulnerable the suspect, for example, a juvenile or someone who is mentally disordered, the more stringent the safeguards will have to be.
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