By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The NGO from Caracas, Una Ventana a la Libertad (UVL) reports between April and September 2021, at least 37 inmates from 119 prisons, or Preventive Detention Centers (CDP) in five regions of the country (Caracas, Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Vargas and Zulia), passed away from health complications, according to the second phase of research project.

Of the total of registered cases, it was determined that 31 died of tuberculosis (83.8%).

Between October 2020 and April of the current year, the first phase of the medical conference project, the UVL team registered that 24 inmates died with tuberculosis, three with HIV, three with respiratory complications, one with a gastrointestinal condition and one with a heart attack.

The UVL team of researchers determined that treating these sick inmates is an almost impossible task, due to the lack of conditions that exist in these facilities.

According to the monitoring recorded, only 39 CDPs have toilets for washing (32.8%). This increases the risk of transmission of infectious diseases present in police cells to spread more easily.

“Here everyone takes care of themselves as best they can. But bathing, changing clothes daily, is a luxury that only those who are in VIP cells are given. Here one has to put up with his fight. A bite turns into a welt in days and a cut becomes infected quickly. Food sometimes arrives spoiled and you still eat it, because you are hungry. You get sick just being here, ”says Franklin Gómez to Una Ventana a la Libertad, a prisoner from the Caraballeda detention center in Vargas state.

The CDPs are not adapted either to assist pregnant women deprived of liberty or lactating women, since only one of the centers studied, located in Vargas state, has this service (0.8%). The CDPs do not have dining rooms so that inmates can eat (0%), nor are they trained to house detainees with motor disabilities (0%), mainly motivated by the lack of adequate infrastructure to house detainees and overcrowding.

The study highlights that these transitory confinement spaces have a capacity to house 3,702 inmates. However, until September of this year, the prison population was 7,974 detainees, of which 7,320 are men and 627 women. This registered population was determined that 7,881 are adults and 66 are minors.

These confirmed figures reveal that there is an overcrowding of 46.6 percent. Although this data shows that there is still overcrowding in these spaces, it was confirmed that, unlike previous periods, the prison population was reduced in the monitored police stations, mainly due to the releases and transfers to prisons granted by the Presidential Commission of the Judicial Revolution and the Plan Cayapa, whose plan is from the Ministry of Penitentiary Service. The decongestion, however, has not solved the problems of prolonged habitability in these places of passage that should not exceed 48 hours.

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