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El Salvador prelate denounces prison conditions

Catholic World News - October 13, 2010

Speaking at a press conference on October 10, El Salvador’s leading prelate denounced prison conditions in the Latin American nation.

“I maintain the belief that these prisoners need to be treated in a humane and dignified manner, and I think it is unfair that those who committed a crime should only receive ‘pain and suffering,’” said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador. “There are elderly prisoners who are no longer a danger to society, and it does not make sense to keep them in jail.”

El Salvador’s prisons are now at 300% of capacity, and 45% of prisoners in juvenile detention facilities are adults.

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