Detainees At Police HQ in Ancon Go On Hunger Strike (Because They Want To Go To Prison)
Monday, July 16 2012 @ 11:30 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.