Know Your Rights - Your Rights As A Prisoner

The information on this website is designed to help you to better know and understand the rights someone has while they are in prison. This website is an interactive version of IPRT and ICCL's 'Know Your Rights - Your Rights as a Prisoner' booklet.

The booklet is available for download in different formats by clicking the orange button.

Please don’t be put off by the amount of information on this website. You can read and/or print just the sections that are important to you. We have done our best to write and present this information as clearly as we can, and we start below by explaining some of the key words used on this website.

You can always click back to the 'Key Words' section if you come across a word you do not understand. We used Plain English Guidelines to help as many people as possible understand the information.

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Prison Food

What kind of food can I expect in prison?

You should receive a balanced diet with food that is nutritious and somewhat varied each day (Rule 23). If you are a member of a particular religion or culture the Governor will try, as far as possible, to respect the dietary practices of your religion or culture.

For example, you may be a:

  • Muslim who requires a Halal diet
  • Jewish person who requires a Kosher diet
  • Hindu who is a strict vegetarian

If you are suffering from a medical condition or being treated for one, the doctor can recommend that your diet be adjusted or changed if it affects your condition. You should have access to enough clean drinking water every day.