Thursday 16 September 2021

Prisoner Transfers Begin To Reduce San Sebastian Overpopulation

Paying the bills


Costa Rica celebrated its 200th!

QCOSTARICA  - The 200 years of the Independence of...

Legislator Melvin Núñez, who rejected the vaccine, hospitalized

QCOSTARICA - Restauración Nacional party legislator, Melvin Núñez, who...

Electronic payment in tolls on Ruta 1 will not be automatic

QCOSTARICA - Electronic payment in toll stations located in...

Half of tax collected in marchamos and fuels would not reach roads

QCOSTARICA - It is reasonable to believe the major...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 16: Plates ending in “7 & 8” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Thursday, September 16, vehicles with...

Legislator proposes the creation of an updated registry of pedophiles

QCOSTARICA - With the intention of protecting minors, a...
Paying the bills


55712_620With an overpopulation average of 40%, Costa Rica’s penitentiary system is overburdened and with no clear solutions in sight. The Ministerio de Justicia (the government agency overlooking the country’s prison system) is under pressure to lessen the overpopulation problem.

One jail that is grossly overpopulated is the preventive detention centre in the San Sebastian in San José, With some 1.247 prisoners, overpopulation is almost 80%.

For such, judge Roy Murillo, on September 24 ordered Adaptación Social  one month to move out 370 prisoners from the San Sebastian.

- Advertisement -

The deadline expires today.

To comply with the court order, on Monday Adaptación Social began cleaning house. According to Manrique Sibaja, Director General de Adaptación Social, 240 prisoners have been moved out since Monday, with another 130 before next Monday.

Sibaja explained that the panorama is complex because all of the prisons in the country are under order to reduce overpopulation, on jugdes orders similar to the Murillo order.

San Sebastian is a holding centre for persons under preventive detention, that is awaiting trial and/or sentencing.

In his ruling, judge Murillo said that “overpopulation is unlawful and contrary to human dignity” and that if no other prisons can accommodate them, they should be released or relocated halfway houses.

Sibaja explained that in addition to prisoners being move to other jails, some are being released on condition of having a permanent address or employment and sleeping one or two nights at a half-way house.

- Advertisement -



- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.