Prison conditions also posed a problem in Jamaica. The parliamentary ombudsman
reported in 1986 that prison conditions had deteriorated further since 1984,
when he had released a study detailing the deplorable facilities and degrading conditions
Colombia’s prison population is 70,000 about double that for which the infra-structure
was designed.Overcrowding severely impedes the capacity of staff to maintain control.
There are cases of prisoners being kidnapped and held to ransom by other prisoners
in ‘no go areas’. Brutal conditions have produced a murder rate of one prisoner a day.