New prison law brings hope for Honduran prisons
New prison law brings the almost collapsed prison system in Honduras closer to reform.
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Better times for the Honduran prisons might at last be on their
way after decades of crisis and hundreds of lost lives.
A new prison law ensures that the prisons now longer resorts under
the Ministry of National Security, but are moved to the Ministry of
Internal Affairs and Population. One concrete and important
consequence of this is that the police - often linked to human
rights violations - will be removed from the prisons. At the same
time a national prison institute will be established to ensure a
professionalization of current and future prison guards.
Furthermore, the law ensures the structural reformation of the nine
worst of Honduras' 24 prisons.
The degrading and human rights violating conditions in the Honduran
prisons have led to many deaths over time. Within the last few
years ell over 500 inmates have lost their loves in big prison
fires. The worst took place in February this year killing 360.
During the investigation it came to day that keys to open cells
were missing, and that several inmates were killed while fleeing
The prison law is a big win for RCT and RCT's Honduran partner,
"Together with CPTRT we have had annual meetings with ministers and
chairmen of the Security Committee. We have put pressure on
Honduras through the EU. And in March we had high level meetings
between the RCT board and the Honduran security minister and
vicepresident", Finn Kjærulf, RCT's Program Manager for Latin
"We are very happy and proud, but we know that one thing is the
text of the law, another the practical implementation. It requires
financing and man hours".
The reformation of the prison system will take two years and cost
360 million lempira.
For further information, contact Finn Kjærulf
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