The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Partners in Health (Zamni Lasante in Haiti) have teamed up to fight against the human rights and public health disaster that is the Haitian prison system.
This is a photo of the inside of Cell 5 at Mirebalais prison.
We measured Cell 5 at about 20 x 20 feet. Cell 5 holds 67 people. That’s about a 2 x 3 foot rectangle for each person — for 23 hours a day. To eat, to sleep — everything. I took this picture after the cell had been vacated for a few minutes while the men took a shower. What it can’t capture is the heat and the smell. It was easily over 100 degrees, and I could barely breathe inside.
Watch all 67 walk back inside:
I’m still taking all of this in. Our visit to these prisons was haunting — I still can’t imagine what it’s like to be in that cell, day after day. Read more about what the lawyers and doctors of the IJDH and Partners in Health are doing to help out here.