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  • Monday, February 13, 2006

    Overcrowded jails and police brutality in France

    Today's Guardian brings us news of a shocking report on police brutality and overcrowding in French jails:

    The report, by Alvaro Gil-Robles, the council's human rights commissioner, is based on inspections of French prisons and police stations in September 2005. According to Le Parisien, Mr Gil-Robles said the difficulties in France were "persistent, even recurrent". French media, which ran extracts, said the report reserved some of its strongest criticism for the police, who were apparently described by the Council of Europe as operating with a "sense of impunity".

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