State prison evaluation results released.
The state Human Rights Commission released the results of the most recent evaluation of Baja California’s prison.
Prisons for adults had an average grade of 7.79 points out of 10 possible. Individually, Mexicali was third with 7.85 points, below El Hongo with 7.87 points and El Hongo II with 8.88 points.
The commission said the state prisons average grade was lower than the 8.26 points obtained last year, although the agency made recommendations to improve jail conditions.
Juvenile halls got this year a 9.0 point grade, an increase from the 8.24 points obtained in 2016. Individually, Mexicali was first with 9.77 points.
The agency has asked to reduce overcrowding at Mexicali and Tijuana prisons for violence prevention, improve health conditions and avoid dissemination of illnesses.
According to the study, results state prisons also need to improve hygiene and food management areas, as well as provide advanced parole and to create protocols for emergencies.
For the analysis, the agency executed the study from June 2016 until May 2017 and included eight inspections, 22 visits, 37 staff interviews, 3,661 questionnaires and three freedom of information requests.
The study included five topics— physical and psychological integrity of prisoners, proper housing, government, rehabilitation and vulnerable populations.
State prisons and juvenile centers had a population of 12,205 people, according to the study.