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The Prisons of Ecuador

The Prisons of Ecuador

Ecuador authorities vow to regain control of prisons amid wave of violence

The following is a transcript of the video that was released by the Ministry of Justice of the State of Ecuador.

We will begin with a question from the media. Mr. President, can you tell us how the situation in the prisons developed? How did the government respond to the situation? And to what extent was it necessary to break prison cells?

Domingo: The situation in the prisons developed in many ways. Over the last few days, and in the first days of this week, the prison guards began to go to the inmates’ cells; that is, all prisoners in Ecuador are locked up at the beginning of the day, and then they are released at the end of the day.

The first days of this week, in the prisons in the area of the prison of Quito, four guards locked the prisoners in their cells. And then, yesterday and today, the government of Quito announced that these 4,000, or 5,000 prisoners would be released at 1:45 tomorrow. That is, all prisoners would be taken out of jail.

As of this morning, we had 11,000 people in the prisons. If you take into account that at the same time, the situation at the prisons in Quito and Guayaquil is even worse, that is, there are 2,000 people jailed there now, you can see that the number is much greater than the total number of prisoners.

The first week was very difficult and painful for us, because the government did not do what it should do, in particular, the last week. During the entire week, there was the government of Quito, and then the government of Ecuador. And now, to the extent that the government of Ecuador has not taken any steps, we have to solve the situation with the people incarcerated. We are working now to ensure that all people who are imprisoned are transferred to their jail in the

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