Three prisons around the country have record overcrowding

If a prisoner wants to go to the bathroom at night, takes his own risk. On the way, there is a long journey: to cross a corridor full of inmates who flood the floor with mattresses because the staterooms are full.

If the prisoner when he is walking beats another who is asleep, could provoke a fight.

That is one of many vicissitudes faced daily by prisoners in the country, due to overcrowding.

The prison system has a capacity for 9,813 inmates, but last September 27 was 12,987, this means 32.3% more.

The maximum allowed by the Constitutional Court is 20%, to ensure the human rights of inmates.

Three prisons of the country play a record overcrowding. These are the San Sebastian Prison in San Jose, with 79.5% of overpopulation, which means that for every 10 beds occupied, eight inmates sleep on the floor. In the case of the reform (65.1%) are seven in the floor, while in the Cartago (54.7%) is six.

Fernando Ferraro, Minister of Justice, said that 14 prisons are technically closed, but it is impossible not to receive prisoners. According to records of Social Adaptation, enter 22 inmates each day on average to prison by order of the judiciary.

Ferraro minister, said overcrowding increased since 2008 with the creation of the Courts of flagrante delicto.

In 2008 the imprisonment rate was 218 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, but rose to 302 so far this year.

Ferraro said that with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) hope to build 2,700 prison spaces from next year.

Currently, six out of every 10 inmates discounted sentences for robbery, assault or drug trafficking. Most (57%) are young people between 18 and 34 years old.

In San Sebastian, overcrowding is higher because there are all of the detention, before being distributed. Enter 220 inmates each month.

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