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
- Murder rate in Venezuelan jails 22 times higher than in the streets
- AI urges serious inquest into the events at Venezuelan jail
- Fifty-four killed in violent riot in Uribana jail, west Venezuela
- UN holds Venezuelan State accountable for deaths at Uribana jail
- Six "bosses" controlled Uribana prison in Venezuela
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
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.