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War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

La Picota prison in Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the jails where they can continue to manage their operations on the outside. Instead of corralling these […]

Legislator Proposes Rehabilitating San Lucas Island To Solve Costa Rica’s Prison Overcrowding

Legislator Proposes Rehabilitating San Lucas Island To Solve Costa Rica’s Prison Overcrowding

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica has a prison overcrowding problem. And while lawmakers debate a solution, from building more prison to the current practice of releasing inmates to halfway houses, there is one prison, an old and infamous prison that could be restored and put to use. The prison island, Isla San Lucas. The San Lucas […]

Former President Laura Chinchilla Upset At Nicaragua’s Detention and Torture of Ticos

Former President Laura Chinchilla Upset At Nicaragua’s Detention and Torture of Ticos

(qCOSTARICA) – Upset and indignant is the reaction by former President Laura Chinchilla following reports of Costa Ricans being held detained and even imprisoned in the infamous El Chipote by the government Daniel Ortega, in Nicaragua. The former president’s reaction refers to a publication in La Nacion Sunday, the story of Ed Jose Tiffer Campos, […]

Father Goes To Jail For Third Time For Child Support Debt

Father Goes To Jail For Third Time For Child Support Debt

(qCOSTARICA) Jorge Pita, 70, today sits in a jail cell in La Reforma prison, for the third time in the past 18 months, for failure to pay support to his estranged wife, child support and tuition fees at a private school for his 11-year-old daughter, amounting to ¢10.8 million colones. The first time Pita was […]

Prison Must Provide Good Mattresses For Conjugal Visits

Prison Must Provide Good Mattresses For Conjugal Visits

(QCOSTARICA) Unhygienic, broken, dirty and without any blanket or foam liner, inmates of La Reforma prison described to the Constitutional Court, the conditions of the mattresses they must share with their partners during conjugal visits. After hearing theirs stories, the country’s highest court ordered the Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia) to provide within three […]

One Doctor For Every 5.000 Inmates In Costa Rica’s Overcrowded Prison System

One Doctor For Every 5.000 Inmates In Costa Rica’s Overcrowded Prison System

(QCOSTARICA) Six doctors for every 4.984 prisoners in the country’s five most overcrowded prisons is the word from the Defensora de los Habitantes (Ombudswoman), Montserrat Solano. The Ombudswoman made her complaint to the Ministerio de Justicia* (Ministry of Justice) public Wednesday afternoon, in asking authorities to make improvements to the prison health system. “We have […]

Costa Rica To Spend $207 Million For New Prisons And Expanion Of La Reforma

Costa Rica To Spend $207 Million For New Prisons And Expanion Of La Reforma

QCOSTARICA – The Ministry of Justice* (Ministerio de Justicia) has announced that it will invest US$20 million to expand La Reforma prison and another US$187 million in seven new prisons The works to La Reforma prison consist of construction of an additional 24 modules, while seven new prisons will be financed with a US$132 million […]