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Recently Released Detainees

Individuals who have recently been released from detention or prison might seek medical and legal advice concerning their treatment while in custody. This could, in some circumstances, be their first opportunity to detail fully their conditions of detention and any ill-treatment they may have undergone. The continuing physical and mental effects of ill-treatment may also lead recently released detainees to seek medical treatment. The initial concern of the individual seeking medical care might be to recieve treatment, rather than the actual allegation of torture, but good contemporaneous notes will help if he or she wants these effects to be documented in due course. The person giving advice or treatmentshould inquire sensitively into the possibility of ill-treatment, and advise on avenues of further action (see The Torture Reporting Handbook, section 8.2).