Mechanisms for Custodial Oversight: The United States and Europe

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For this examination of transparency in custodial systems as a means of protecting against abuse and ensuring safety, I shall concentrate on key elements of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)—the international oversight mechanism with a mandate to examine abuse and safety in all places where people are deprived of liberty in Europe, including prisons and jails.

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Prison administration, Prison accountability, Human rights, Prisoner abuse, European Union, United States

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Silvia Casale (Committee for the Prevention of Torture)

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