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Situation of persons in pre-trial detention in polish penitentiary facilities during the pandemic – update

The number of persons in pre-trial detention was changing differently as compared to the prison population. Between April and September 2020 the number of persons held in pre-trial detention rose to 9,466. Later, in the period of October-December 2020, the number of pretrial detainees materially decreased (by almost 800). From December 2020 onwards, no consistent trend in the number of pre-trial detainees can be demonstrated. However, there are still more than 8,500 persons held in remand centres.


The brief was drafted as part of Covid 19 – Criminal Justice Campaign, a project coordinated by Fair Trials International.



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