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Saturday, July 26 2014 @ 03:14 PM EDT

Detainees At Police HQ in Ancon Go On Hunger Strike (Because They Want To Go To Prison)

Crime & PunishmentA group of detainees who are being held in a temporary detention cell within the National Police Headquarters, Ancon, have declared a hunger strike. Lawyers for these prisoners said their clients have been held in the temporary cells for several months, violating their rights, and they still have not been transferred to a prison despite having submitted the request to the National Penitentiary System. The legal representatives stated they would proceed legally against Angel Calderon, the Director of the National Penitentiary System, for not granting the request of the detainees to be formally transferred to a prison. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: By law a prosecutor can hold a detainee in one of these temporary holding cells for up to 60 days. The rational is that these cells are in Panama City, and the prisons are out in Pacora. The prosecutors want to keep the detainees closer to their offices, to give them the chance to interrogate them easier. After 60 days is up (or before) detainees are usually transferred to a "real" prison like La Joya. Conditions in these temporary holding cells are much worse - more cramped and less comfortable - than in La Joya, believe it or not.

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