April 14, 2021

Costa Rica records prison overcrowding of 36.7% and announces new prison

The authorities of Costa Rica reported Tuesday that prison overcrowding reaches 36.7%, which announced a series of measures such as the construction of a prison valued at $ 24 million.

The Ministry of Justice and Peace explained that as of June 30, 2019 there were 15,918 people in prison, a number that exceeds the capacity of the country's prisons by 4,275 (36.7%).

One of the measures that the authorities have been applying to reduce overcrowding is the use of electronic tracking anklets for prisoners to serve their sentence in house prison, a modality that applies to 1,508 people.

The Ministry of Justice and Peace reported Tuesday that it has awarded the construction of a new 17,000-meter prison with a capacity for 1,248 prisoners, in which 24 million dollars will be invested and that it will be located in a prison complex called La Reforma, in the Alajuela province (center).

This project, which will open in the first quarter of 2021, includes, in addition to prison spaces, workshops, classrooms, technical assistance spaces, kitchen, dining room, area for intimate visits, administrative areas, medical care area, module for diseases Infectious contagious and dormitories for security officers.

"This is a work of great importance to meet the constant increase in the number of people entering the country's penal centers. Since the beginning of our management we have worked hard to enable new spaces and improve infrastructure," declared the Minister of Justice and Peace, Marcia González.

The official said that the priority is "to offer the person deprived of liberty a fair, dignified and humanized treatment that promotes a successful reintegration" into society.

The goal of the current Government of President Carlos Alvarado (2018-2022) is to enable a total of 3,000 prison spaces, of which 2,021 are expected to be ready in 2021.

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