Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Extreme Prison Conditions Reach Australian News

Haiti’s prisons were already overcrowded but conditions worsened after the 2010 earthquake, which aggravated the backlog of paper work by destroying several government buildings. Many of the prisoners have never even seen a judge and even men who have been approved for discharge remain in prison due to conflicts in their paperwork. This article shows why improvements in Haiti’s judicial system are so necessary. Part of the article is below. Read the full article here. Haiti’s Prison from Hell: ‘I can’t cope, I have no-one’ Debra Killalea, news.com.au April 4, 2017 IT’S so overcrowded there’s barely room to move. Dozens of men are crammed into cells for hours on end, some without access to a toilet. Welcome to Haiti’s National Penitentiary. Regarded as one of the most overcrowded prisons in the world, Dateline reporter Seyi Rhodes goes inside and discovers the […]

UN Expert Condemns Severe Overcrowding in Haiti’s Prisons

Current prison conditions in Haiti compromise the basic human rights and health of approximately 10,500 incarcerated individuals. Haitian prisons are overcrowded by 644%, according to the UN expert on human rights, and many inmates barely have space to stand in Port-au-Prince’s prisons. The horrific sanitary conditions and severe overcrowding will likely lead to unnecessary deaths in the coming months. Part of the article is shown below. Click HERE for the original article. UN expert flags ‘daily violations’ in Haiti prisons Jamaica Observer March 9, 2017 Inmates in Haiti are subjected to “daily violations” of their fundamental rights, mostly stemming from egregious prison overcrowding resulting from the overuse of lengthy preventive detentions, a UN official said Thursday. Gustavo Gallon, a UN expert focusing on human rights, said the impoverished Caribbean nation often flouts UN incarceration standards of 4.5 metres (14.8 feet) of prison area per […]

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