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Crime in Honduras moves around $147 million from the prisons

February 6, 2014 11:25 am

Tegucigalpa, Feb 6 (Entravision) .- The organized crime in Honduras moved from prisons around 3,600 million lempiras (about $147 million), announced today the coordinator of the Committee on Transition of the Prisons, José Augusto Avila.

The increased criminal activity is recorded in the prisons of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the two most important cities of the country and the largest number of prisoners, according to official information.

In the 24 prisons in Honduras reside more than 13,000 prisoners when its maximum capacity is 8,000 , and more than 50 per cent have not been sentenced, according to various sources and official agencies human rights defenders.

Some of the actions that the crime directed from prisons are drug trafficking, extortion and robbery to banks and other businesses through calls and messages from cell phones, according to data from the National Police.

To curb these illicit the Government is regulating the use of cellular telephony from the prisons, in coordination with the two companies that operate this service at the national level.

Reports of the National Police also recorded that many murders are sorted from Honduran prisons, which are characterized by buildings obsolete and the overcrowding of prisoners, among other problems.

The coordinator Avila has defined this Thursday the situation of the prisons in Honduras as a “hot potato”, and she said that the lack of resources can not be run some improvement works of the buildings and the rehabilitation of prisoners.

The Transition Committee of the Penal Institutions took over in June 2013 the total control of the sector and it is expected that in the 2015 click the administratively transferred to prisons to the National Penitentiary Institute created in 2012 by the Honduran parliament.

“With this transition process seeks to improve the human conditions of inmates and the systems of rehabilitation and training of prisoners”, then explained Avila.

Honduras has been plagued by a wave of crime and criminality that daily leaves an average of 20 deaths, and the authorities attributed the situation to the armed gangs, drug trafficking and organized crime.

The new Honduran president, John Orlando Hernandez, has reiterated this week that he would do “what you have to”, framed in the law, to ensure peace and security in the country, which continues to rank among the most violent of the world, which in his opinion, “can no longer be allowed”.