Better prisons, better society

Evaluation of
the Prison Reform
in Bulgaria


Basic principles

  • All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with respect for their human rights

  • Persons deprived of their liberty retain all rights that are not lawfully taken away by the decision sentencing them or remanding them in custody

  • Restrictions placed on persons deprived of their liberty shall be the minimum necessary and proportionate to the legitimate objective for which they are imposed

  • Prison conditions that infringe prisoners’ human rights are not justified by lack of resources

  • Life in prison shall approximate as closely as possible the positive aspects of life in the community

  • All detention shall be managed so as to facilitate the reintegration into free society of persons who have been deprived of their liberty

  • Co-operation with outside social services and as far as possible the involvement of civil society in prison life shall be encouraged