It bothers me that this prison, like prisons across Honduras, were filled way above capacity. Prisons are not meant to be a five star hotel, but I think the prisoners should be expected to maintain some sort of dignity and lifestyle- one without overcrowding and poor conditions.
Prisons need to have a protocol (if they do not already) to deal with emergencies, like fires, because those who were trapped in their cells at the time had no chance of surviving.
TEGUCIGALPA — More than 350 convicts died screaming and spluttering when a huge fire ripped through a prison in Honduras, reducing large swathes of the complex to a blackened husk.
Choked by smoke and scorched by flames, hundreds of inmates scrambled to escape with their lives after an inmate apparently set fire to the overcrowded prison in Comayagua, about 75 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa on Tuesday night.
But 359 people were unable to get out and perished in the blaze, the attorney general’s office said. It was one of the worst prison fires in history, a grim new milestone for a country the United Nations says is already the most murderous on the planet.
“It’s a terrible scene … Our staff went into the cells and the bodies are charred, most of them are unrecognizable,” said Danelia Ferrera, a senior official at the attorney general’s office.
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