“Prisons are overpopulated, dirty, and infected with insects. Toilets often consist of a hole in the ground or a bucket in the cell, leading to infections and contagious illnesses. Prisoners, who sleep on a thin mattress placed directly on the floor, suffer from the cold in winter and the heat in summer, particularly when the “buildings” are metal containers or tents. For months on end, they are forced to wear the clothing in which they were arrested, including when it is covered with blood following a violent arrest. Soap is severely rationed and hygiene products are very rare, including for female prisoners.
Families are prohibited from providing clothing, blankets, and hygiene products to remedy this situation.“
“These particularly difficult detention conditions cause the appearance of multiple illnesses, which affect 25% of prisoners who in fact arrived, for the most part, young and in good health. In most cases, sick prisoners are prescribed painkillers and denied real treatment. Never treated, illnesses often evolve into very severe mental or physical chronic illnesses. Recourse to specialists external to the prison and to necessary surgical interventions only occurs when the illnesses are at an irreversible stage.”