Prison authority strikes bring already crisis hit legal system to a standstill

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 12 January 2015

The Colombian prison authorities, INPEC, have now been on strike for five months. Whilst the strike is only being observed by a minority 3,800 of the 15,000 INPEC workers, they have managed to bring the prison system to a standstill. One of the principal problems in Colombian prisons, affecting political prisoners as well as common criminals, is the extreme overcrowding. In Colombia there are 138 prisons with a capacity of 76,553 prisoners, but there are currently 117,018 prisoners in Colombian jails – more than 40,000 over capacity.

The striking prison workers are refusing to let new prisoners enter into prisons and are denying to release documents needed to carry out judicial hearings.

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