Five persons held at Pruncul penitentiary risk dying in jail, statement

Five prisoners who suffer from cancer and were admitted to the hospital at the Pruncul penitentiary in a serious state risk dying in jail as the courts delay the process of releasing them conditionally. The problem was communicated by the hospital’s chief doctor to members of the parliamentary commission on human rights and interethnic relations, who made an unplanned visit to the penitentiary on February 12.

Contacted by IPN for details, MP Doina Gherman, who heads the commission, said the penitentiary made the necessary approaches to have these persons discharged last July, but things remained stagnant. “These people suffer there. They need medical supervision and assistance round-the-clock. The hospital cannot ensure such services for them,” stated the MP.

According to Doina Gherman, they established that all the approaches maiden in such cases failed and the sick prisoners, instead of spending the last days near the family, die in penitentiary. “This is grave. All the cases were similar as it lasts for too long,” she noted.

The MP also said that she will submit a legislative proposal concerning the examination of such cases as a matter of urgency so as to avoid delays and so that the people do not die in prisons.

Members of the parliamentary commission on human rights and interethnic relations visit by a penitentiary each Wednesday, after the ordinary meeting. According to them, compared with other jails visited so far, the detention conditions at the Pruncul penitentiary are more or less appropriate. The commission until now visited five penitentiaries, including the one in Cricova and Penitentiary No. 13, in a move to see the situation on the spot given the complaints about inhuman and degrading conditions coming from detainees.

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