Published On: Wed, Jan 29th, 2014

Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office to investigate prison officials following deadly jailhouse fire in coastal city

(Photo: AFP)

Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office announced Tuesday it will be looking into the conduct of prison officials in relation to Monday night’s deadly prison fire on the Colombian coast, reported W Radio.

The death toll has been raised to 10 with at least 40 injured following a blaze in the “Modelo” prison in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla.

MORE: 9 dead after north Colombia prison riot and fire 

There is still no agreed upon cause for the fire, though early reports indicated a riot had broken out immediately prior to the incident.

Colombia’s National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) is currently investigating the roles played by its guards in fomenting unrest within the prison population and ultimately, bringing about the fire, according to national media sources.

The Inspector General’s Office, meanwhile, has reportedly asked INPEC for copies of its report, and will be assessing the prison body’s more overarching responsibility in the matter. The Inspector General’s Office had toured the Modelo prison last February, and submitted a list of preventative measures to be taken to mitigate the risk of overcrowding and a lack of adequate infrastructure, health and nutrition services and security oversight.

Barranquilla Mayor Elsa Noguera, meanwhile, attributed the incident to overcrowding and corruption within the prison staff, accused of beating and abusing prisoners and smuggling illegal substances and devices into the prison. The Mayor’s Office, reported W Radio, will be covering the expenses of the funerals for victims of the fire.

The injured are being treated at a local prison. Two inmates were reportedly placed under “critical condition,” with burns covering as much as 40% of their bodies.

Built with a maximum capacity of 700 people, Modelo prison reportedly counted with over 1,000 inmates prior to the fire. For the time being, the entire first floor remains unusable. Accordingly, 400 prisoners have been transferred to other nearby facilities.

The overcrowding of prisons has been a growing concern across Colombia. Last week, Colombia’s Ministry of Justice signed off on a plan to reform the penal code that could result in the release of between 7,000-9,000 prisoners from jails or the reduction of their sentences.

Sources

Procuraduria emprende acciones ante situacion presentada en carcel de Barranquilla (W Radio)

The post Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office to investigate prison officials following deadly jailhouse fire in coastal city appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.


For website development, online marketing and promotion,
check out The Q Media


If you enjoyed this piece, please SHARE IT so other readers can find it and enjoy it.

Recent Posts

TCO bottom

July 24, 2016, Comments Off on TCO bottom

TCO Bottom2

July 24, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Bottom2

TCO Sidebar

July 24, 2016, Comments Off on TCO Sidebar
Maria Angela Holguin

Venezuelans’ shopping sprees in Colombia are over: Minister

July 19, 2016, Comments Off on Venezuelans’ shopping sprees in Colombia are over: Minister
colombia-truckers-strike

US Issues Security Warning Over Colombia Truckers Strike

July 18, 2016, Comments Off on US Issues Security Warning Over Colombia Truckers Strike
latino1

Pereira’s Latino: Beyond Colombia’s typical cuisine

July 18, 2016, Comments Off on Pereira’s Latino: Beyond Colombia’s typical cuisine
Actress Sofia Vergara a Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Colombia’s Sofia Vergara Among Best Paid

July 17, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia’s Sofia Vergara Among Best Paid
NUBE_NEGRA

Latest Colombia Drug Boss Arrested in Ongoing Crackdown

July 17, 2016, Comments Off on Latest Colombia Drug Boss Arrested in Ongoing Crackdown
cocalero_f_kylejohnson

Why cocaine production in Colombia increased so dramatically

July 15, 2016, Comments Off on Why cocaine production in Colombia increased so dramatically
kaleil_isaza

Ex-Kit Digital CEO extradited from Colombia to face US fraud case

July 15, 2016, Comments Off on Ex-Kit Digital CEO extradited from Colombia to face US fraud case
paro_camionero

Colombia to militarize highways after angry truckers block roads

July 14, 2016, Comments Off on Colombia to militarize highways after angry truckers block roads
Party in Colombia