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May 27, 2020
With COVID-19 infections spiking in Haiti, where fevers are quickly spreading inside the country’s overcrowded prisons, hundreds of inmates risk dying of the novel coronavirus, the government’s chief ombudsman says.
May 22, 2020
Nearly a dozen detainees in Haiti’s largest prison have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an administrator told AFP Thursday, as fears mounted that the disease could spread like wildfire through the country’s dirty and overcrowded correctional system.
April 23, 2020
SEVERAL inmates in the country’s correctional facilities have been trained as COVID-19 medical orderlies, a direct response from the Ministry of National Security to prevent the spread of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus to that population.
April 22, 2020
“The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is advising the public that the suspension of visits to correctional centres across the island will remain in effect until May 31. The decision, the DSC said, follows an increase in COVID-19 cases, especially in quarantined areas where correctional centres are located.”
April 20, 2020
The prison director has released on licence fourteen local prisoners who were approaching the end of their sentence or deemed to be low risk to reduce prison overcrowding and control the potential spread of the coronavirus at HMP Northward.
Inmates set mattresses on fire and hurl objects at guards and cops as they’re hit with rubber bullets during riot at notorious Dominican Republic prison where fury mounts after four people die of coronavirus
April 10, 2020
“At least five inmates and one guard were injured during riot inside a notorious Dominican Republic prison on Thursday as inmates demanded to be released over fears of a coronavirus outbreak. Detainees used smuggled cellphones to record the rebellion as inmates set mattresses in fire and hurled objects at guards and cops, who responded by firing rubber pellets at the overcrowded La Victoria National Penitentiary in Santo Domingo.”
April 8, 2020
Imagine the struggle of containing the coronavirus if it hits Haiti’s hellish prison system, the world’s most overcrowded, where filthy, sometimes windowless cells meant to house 20 people are teeming with up to 80, unable to even go outside for fresh air. The poorest country in the Americas has reported only one coronavirus death out of 25 recorded cases so far. But activists and officials fear the prison network is an epidemiological ticking time bomb.
March 17, 2020
Golden Grove Prison in Arouca was locked down on Tuesday, as prisoners attempted to escape claiming they were fearful of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus