Peru Prison Conditions: What Joran Van Der Sloot Could Face
Joran Van Der Sloot Has Reportedly Confessed to the Murder of Stephany Flores; If He is Convicted and Sent to Prison in Peru What Conditions Await Him?
Peruvian authorities say Joran Van Der Sloot gave them a tearful confession and admitted to killing 21-year-old Peruvian citizen Stephany Flores. Peru does not have the death penalty so if convicted of murder Van Der Sloot will be sent to prison, although a life sentence ruling does not exist in the Peruvian justice system. He will however most likely receive extensive prison time.
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- Stephany Flores' Final Hours With Joran Van Der Sloot
- Joran Van Der Sloot Surveillance Video Released
- Peru and the Death Penalty
- Joran Van Der Sloot Fears He May Be Killed in Prison
In Which Prison Could Joran Van Der Sloot Be Incarcerated?
Van Der Sloot is currently being held in the Miguel Castro Castro prison and he will most likely remain there until the investigation in to Flores' death is complete. This maximum security prison (as seen from above) was the scene of an attack in 1992 when about 135 female prison inmates and about 450 male prison inmates were attacked by guards over the course of three days.
Many of these prisoners were beaten and humiliated and held in solitary confinement without medical care. They could not contact their families or attorneys. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights investigated the incident and found that Peru had violated articles 4, 5(1), 5(2), 8(1) and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights. As a result they were ordered to punish those responsible for the attacks, provide medical care to all who needed it, return any bodies to the next of kin and to pay reparations to the victims and their families.
There are reports however, that Miguel Castro Castro prison will not be secure enough to hold Van Der Sloot and he may have to be incarcerated at Piedras Gordas (map), another maximum security prison.
According to details published about this prison, it is made of reinforced concrete and is about 161,458 square feet.
For security reasons again, not much information is disclosed about this location, but this article in tribunalatina.com says it is reserved for extremely dangerous prisoners and it seems to have more security than Miguel Castro Castro prison.
Peru Prison Conditions According to Human Rights Report
The conditions in Peruvian prisons was one of the sections looked at in the 2009 U.S. Department of State Human Rights Report, published March 11 2010.
As of last year there were 44,800 inmates (2,794 women) locked up in Peru and conditions are described as 'harsh'. If a prisoner has money they can purchase luxuries such as cell phones, meals from outside and drugs. For a prisoner who is poor these small luxuries are not possible.
All prisons are considered overcrowded with poor sanitation, lack of nutrition with bad food and unsanitary kitchen conditions and epidemic levels of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. There is also unreliable running water, kitchen facilities and some prisoners having to sleep in hallways due to lack of space.
Prison guards and fellow inmates reportedly abused prisoners. There were deaths of inmates in prisons, most attributed to fellow inmates, but some were due to negligence by guards. Guards received little or no training or supervision. Corruption was a serious problem, and some guards cooperated with criminal bosses who oversaw the smuggling of guns and drugs into prisons.
It is not known where Joran Van Der Sloot may be jailed if he is found guilty and sentenced to prison time in Peru, but this is an overview of two maximum security prisons and the likely conditions found inside these prisons.