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NCJ Number: 75632 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Treatment of Unconvicted Prisoners in Japan
Author(s): T Kihara
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: In light of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, this paper reviews the restrictions of the freedoms and rights of unconvicted prisoners in Japanese prisons and describes the guarantees of proper living standards for those prisoners.
Abstract: Using references to specific articles of Japanese law throughout, the paper first draws attention to the basic human rights extended and guaranteed to incarcerated suspects and defendants. Among them are the freedom from involuntary servitude and torture, and the rights to sue for redress and to vote. The restrictions placed on the freedom of these prisoners as necessitated by their incarceration are explained with attention to specific situations concerning basic human rights. These deal with disciplinary punishment; instruments of restraint; interviews; correspondence, newspapers, and radio; religion; and property. Finally, the paper presents the current practices and laws which deal with guaranteeing a proper standard of living conditions to prisoners. Requirements for living quarters, clothing and bedding, food, bathing and hair-cuts, and physical exercise and recreation are delineated. Two tables are appended which present the daily average of prison population from 1974-78 and the density of unconvicted prisoners in prisons as of December 31, 1979.
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Correctional facilities; Japan; Laws and Statutes; Prisoner's rights
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