The Toulouse lawyers want to force the Ministry of Justice to carry out renovation work at the Seysses remand center by exposing it to very heavy fines.
“We treat the dogs better than the inmates of the Seysses remand center. In France, an animal in a kennel is entitled to 5 m2 of surface area per enclosure. Here the detainees must share 9 m3 in threes. It is simply a scandal. This can not go on ! “, gets carried away Me Cécile Brandely. With five colleagues from the Toulouse bar, the lawyer wants to force the Ministry of Justice to respect a decision of the administrative court rendered on October 4. This Tuesday, July 26, they are moving up a gear so that the 11 emergency measures enacted during a first judgment in October 2021 finally materialize. “We are going to ask the judge that the State pay each day of delay in the application of this court decision, an amount equal to what the detainees of Seysses endure every day”, announces Me Justine Rucel, in front line in this fight.
She recalls a statistic that gives a fairly precise idea of the situation in Seysses: “You should know that more than a third of the mattresses on the floor in French prisons are in this prison. This shows the extent of the damage. »
In 2021, Dominique Simmonot, the general controller of places of deprivation of liberty had visited the Haut-Garonne remand center. Photos illustrated his report. Cockroaches were seen pacing the bowl of a toilet and the foot of a shower. The walk yard looked more like a wild dump than a walking place. The outhouses were so filthy you could barely make out the ceramic tiles. Since this visit, the prison administration has provided financial means to improve things, but prison overcrowding remains an insoluble problem.
Initially designed to accommodate 596 prisoners, this penal establishment has around 1,000 inmates with peaks at 1,200. The more frequent use of electronic placement helps to stabilize the workforce.