Articles related to prevention of torture

5.8.2020

Use of Restraint Beds in Norwegian Prisons

Strapping inmates into restraint beds is the most intrusive form of coercive measure at disposal in Norwegian prisons. Eighteen of the thirty-one high-security prisons in Norway have restraint beds. Being put in restraints can pose a considerable risk of both physical and psychological injury. During its visit to Norway in 2011, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) emphasised that removing restraint beds from Norwegian prisons should be a long-term goal. After its visit in 2018, the Committee further emphasised that the restraint beds should be removed from Norwegian prisons in its entirety.1