Haiti's prison system is ranked as the most overcrowded in the world, in latest report

Posted by Forbes on Friday, February 2, 2018 Under: Human Rights


The United States has a prison population of approximately 2.2 million according to Bureau of Justice Statistics. Equating to 481 people incarcerated per 100,000 of the population, it comes as little surprise that overcrowding has become a serious problem in many U.S. prisons with 18 states reporting they were operating at over 100 percent capacity at the end of 2014. According to data from the World Prison Brief, the U.S. prison system is actually the 113th most overcrowded worldwide today with the occupancy level nationwide standing at 103.9 percent.

Anybody who has the misfortune to get arrested and imprisoned in Haiti, however, will find themselves in a far more serious situation. The Caribbean nation has the most overcrowded prison system of any country worldwide with its institutions operating at 454 percent capacity. Such a severe level of overcrowding has resulted in malnutrition and the spread of disease in prisons where between 80 and 100 men are crammed into a cell at a time, many of whom have not even been convicted of a crime. The UN has condemned the situation, saying inmates in Haiti are subject to "daily violations" of their fundamental rights.

Conditions in Filipino prisons aren't much better and things have deteriorated sharply since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs. Thousands of people have been thrown into jail and the country's prisons are operating at 436 percent of their capacity. Take Quezon City Jail as an example. Built to house 262 inmates, the facility now hosts over 3,000, according to an ABC News report. El Salvador has the world's third most overcrowded prison system with its capacity stretched to 348 percent.

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