Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

The chaos of Haiti’s post-quake prison system (ACA)

By Luke Whyte, The Director General of the Haitian Prison Service speaks at the 2010 ACA summer conference It’s 4:53 p.m. on a Tuesday and your shift is ending. You’re removing your duty belt when suddenly, the earth beneath your boots seems to open up and roar. The ground violently shakes. Knees buckle. Legs collapse. Walls fold and ceilings drop. And 40 seconds later, when it all stops, friends lie dead, inmates crawl free from collapsed cells, and everything you’ve known and planned disappears amid massive, swooning clouds of concrete and dust. It may sound like something from an apocalyptic movie, yet on January 12th, 2010, this is exactly what happened at Haiti’s National Penitentiary when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. Jean Celestin Roland, Director General of the Haitian Prison Service, spoke at the 2010 American Correctional Association summer […]

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