El Salvador recognizes 100,000 prisoners under the emergency regime | News
The Minister of Justice and Public Security of El Salvador, Gustavo Villatoro, stated that the country's prisons house more than 100,000 prisoners, which represents 1.6 percent of the population, according to international media reports this Thursday.
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The head pointed out that, since March 2022, when the emergency regime promoted by the Government of President Nayib Bukele was established, more than 72,600 people have been arrested on suspicion of being gang members, of which none have been sentenced.
According to information from World Prison Brief, the incarceration rate in the Central American nation, which has 6.3 million citizens, is equivalent to triple that of the United States.
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However, the percentage of incarceration amounts to 2.4 when compared to the Salvadoran population over 18 years of age, which, according to the former General Directorate of Statistics and Censuses of El Salvador (DIGESTYC), is made up of 4,374,606. people.
Regarding the criticism made of the Salvadoran administration for the massive and arbitrary arrests, Villatoro pointed out that gang members and criminals have human rights, but "limited."
In turn, the minister assured that the country will soon carry out reforms to its justice system with the aim of speeding up sentences for those imprisoned.
This Tuesday, the Congress of El Salvador extended the emergency regime again with 67 votes in favor, so the deadline for the set of measures will be extended until October 13.
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