Published On: Thu, Sep 25th, 2014

Prisoners SDKK don’t get enough attention

prisonWILLEMSTAD – Prisoners of the Sentro di Detenshon i Korekshon Korsou (SDKK), the detention facility in Curaçao, do not get enough attention. This is according to a report, which was recently presented to the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro by the Council for Law Enforcement (RvR).

There is not enough rehabilitation and activities for the detainees at the SDKK. “A common complaint among prisoners is that they have nothing to do,” said the RvR.

Representatives of the RvR indicate that they had the impression that the detainees at the SDKK are not central in the sense that there is not enough attention paid to their general complaints, such as idleness in cells, no work, no social or academic development or a canteen. The RvR also considers that there is a lack of respect for the prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Prisoners are left in cells where the plumbing is defective. The hygiene in those cells are not up to standards.

The RvR investigators have concentrated mainly on the quality of life in the prison and also the safety of both inmates and staff.

It was also noted that there is no agreement between the laws of Curaçao and international regulations with regard to detention of prisoners in isolation. “The RvR does not consider this in accordance with the legal position of the detainee,” the report stated.

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