After two homicides and several attacks and threats against prison guards were recorded, The Colombian Ministry of Justice decreed this Monday a state of emergency in prison institutions of the South American country.
Néstor Osuna, Minister of Justice, reported that he has requested the support of the Colombian National Army and asked Daniel Gutiérrez, director of the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC), to declare a state of emergency to begin acting.
The spike in violence occurred in several prisons in Cúcuta, Cartagena, Tuluá, Jamundí and Bogotá such as retaliation for a previous INPEC operation to regain control of the prisonsaccording to Colombian authorities.
It is the fourth time that a state of emergency has been declared in Colombian prisons. The last time it occurred in 2020 as a result of the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to INPEC figures, andThe number of extortion cases inside prisons has increased by 41% and incidents of insecurity have doubled with respect to the previous year.