“The construction of penitentiary establishments is essential”

INTERVIEW – The new director of the Prison Administration presents the main lines of his mandate, focused on better control of probation and greater accountability of inmates.

LE FIGARO. – What is the state of prisons in these times of Covid?

Laurent RIDEL. – Allow me first of all to thank the President of the Republic and the Minister of Justice for the confidence they have placed in me by appointing me Director of the Prison Administration. Like all of France, we are affected by the third wave, even if we have been able to contain the spread of the virus in detention. On the detainee side, we have 220 cases for 65,000 incarcerated. And we have seen clusters in Fresnes, Fleury, la Santé, or even Tours where 50% of the detention may have been contaminated. On the staff side, 350 out of 42,000 agents are currently contaminated. The situation is therefore under control. Given the increase in the number of detainees, I plead for this health context to be taken into account by the magistrates, especially as we have the choice of alternatives for the less serious offenses. It is also essential to limit the interactions and transport of detainees in

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