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REPORT: Haiti’s Prisoners Are Denied Basic Human Rights In Its Main Prison … 454% Occupancy Rate … Highest In The World

JAMMED INTO THE PRISON LIKE SARDINES: In an exclusive report, the Associated Press says that malnutrition is killing many inmates in Haiti’s main prison.

PORT-AU-PRINCE — “Straight up: This is hell. Getting locked up in Haiti will drive you crazy if it doesn’t kill you first,” homicide suspect Vangeliste Bazile said from Haiti’s National Penitentiary.

The crumbling facility houses around 5,000 prisoners, 80 percent of which are in extended pretrial detention. Overcrowding, malnutrition, and infectious diseases that flourish in jammed quarters have led to an upsurge of inmate deaths in Haiti, including 21 at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just last month.

Those who monitor the country’s lockups are sounding an alarm about collapsing conditions. “This is the worst rate of preventable deaths that I have encountered anywhere in the world,” says Dr. John May, co-founder of the Health Through Walls nonprofit.

Some inmates are provided meals by visiting relatives, but the large majority of prisoners are dependent on authorities to feed them twice a day and get little more than rationed supplies of rice, oats, or cornmeal.

Even clean drinking water is often in short supply. Prison authorities say they try their best to meet inmates’ needs, but receive insufficient funds from the state to buy food and cooking fuel.

Haiti’s penal system is by far the globe’s most congested, with a staggering 454 percent occupancy level, according to the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research.

The nonprofit Institute for Justice and Democracy blames the overcrowding on rampant corruption, with judges, prosecutors, and lawyers creating a market for bribes.

The Republic of Haiti became the first independent black nation in the Caribbean and Latin America on Jan. 1, 1804.

STUPERSTITION: Haiti’s cult of voodoo with its emphasis on deforestation because they believe that there are “evil spirits” in trees, has set the country back centuries.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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