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PRISONS | As estimated by the NGO

A total of 591 Venezuelan inmates slain in 2012

General Coordinator of NGO Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (Venezuelan Prison Watch, OVP), Humberto Prado, produced the annual report on the penitentiary situation in Venezuela

This year has been marked by the slaughter at Uribana jail (Photo: Alexander Sánchez/AP)
EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday January 31, 2013  02:30 PM
As many as 591 prisoners were murdered in 2012, according to the annual report of NGO Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones (Venezuelan Prison Watch, OVP), introduced during a press conference on Thursday morning.

The NGO General Coordinator, Humberto Prado, said that the number stands for a hike of 5.53% over last year, when 560 inmates died.

From July 26, 2011, the day when the establishment of the Ministry of Penitentiary Services was made formal, through January 28, 2012, a total of 1,685 people were injured and 869 were killed inside prisons.

Five out of the most violent jails are under provisional measures issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

As for the transfers following the shutdown of Uribana jail, Prado lamented that the government decision to close that prison and move the inmates to other jails will worsen overcrowding in Venezuelan prisons, from 172% to 200%.

Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Varela counted 58 people dead as a result of the events at Uribana jail.

Translated by Conchita Delgado
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