Sala IV rules against cells used for temporary stays

The Sala IV constitutional court has determined that the holding cells used for prisoners of the judicial police are not adequate. In a decision released Tuesday the court ordered that the cells not be used because they do not have adequate conditions to keep prisoners there for much time.

The court magistrates equated the cells to cruel and unusual punishment that is prohibited by the Costa Rican Constitution.

The cells operated by the Judicial Investigating Organization are in the courts building, and prisoners frequently are kept there overnight after arrest and before a court hearing.

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