Antigua's prisoners face rough conditions in colonial-era jail

There is no running water, educational classes are suspended because infectious diseases have scared off the teachers and almost 400 inmates are squeezed into a site intended for 150 - minus one who escaped over the weekend. It is a Monday morning at 1735, Antigua and Barbuda’s national prison, which is named after the year it was built. Boxes of drinking water are being unloaded at the front gates which prisoners must buy, or risk drinking the brackish water from the recreation yard’s fire hydrant. High above the compound, aeroplanes are bringing holidaymakers to the Caribbean island famed for its historical sites.

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