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#ISRAELI HIGH COURT KEEPS PRESSURE ON STATE TO CONFIRM WITH RULING ON PRISON OVERCROWDING; State must insure cell space per prisoner is compliant with international standards* by May 2021

* Minimum of least 4 square meters per prisoner…
'The High Court of Justice kept pressure on the state Thursday, calling to release more prisoners and make cells larger for the majority of those who remain behind bars.
The decision will place intense pressure on the entire police force and the prison system so that cell space will become compliant with international standards-UN Nelson Mandela rules (Revised SMR), The ICCPR and CAT
In March, the state formally requested the High Court grant it a nine-year extension, until 2027, to give each prisoner a minimum of 4.5 sq.m. of cell space. Thursday’s decision rejected the state’s request for such an extension, granting a shorter one until April 30, 2019...
This included a final extension to May 2, 2020 in order to fully comply with international law.
For the Shin Bet’s (Israel Security Agency) detention cell size,the court granted a special extension until May 2021.
HCJ 1892/14 ACRI et al. vs. Minister of Public Security et al. (unpublished, 13 June 2017)… (Hebrew) See English case note at pp. 153 in the entry on Israel in the I·CONnect-Clough Center 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law.…
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For a more in-depth overview of the ruling see: Sommer, Hillel and Seidman, Guy I., Courts, Prisons, Budgets and Human Dignity: An Israeli Perspective (January 11, 2018). 8 Law Journal for Social Justice 135 (2017). Available at SSRN:…
^Further background on the state of play regarding prison overcrowding and penal policy and practice in Israel : See in particular pp 166-172 and accompanying footnotes in the above mentioned article
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