The situation in the rest of the Colombian prisons is still uncertain, although various social organizations have asked the conservative President Ivan Duque to take effective measures to prevent a greater number of infections in closed and crowded buildings.
During an audience at the Senate's Peace Commission, this international official also showed that this Andean country has 132 jails with a capacity to accommodate 80,928 people, according to data available at the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute.
There are 123,349 prisoners, of whom 33,571 have not yet received sentences. Therefore, there is an overcrowding rate of 52 percent in Colombian prisons.
"The situation is even more serious when it is considered that 6,822 people are overcrowded in inhumane conditions in 239 transitory detention centers located inside police stations. On March 26, the Constitutional Court ordered precautionary measures," Brunori explained and added that the overcrowding rate at these transitory sites is 132 percent.
Prisoners are in an extremely risky condition because the Duque administration has not guaranteed basic rights related to access to drinking water, health, and food.
Brunori also requested prison authorities to apply basic human rights standards for persons under their jurisdiction and the UN minimum protocols to treat prisoners.