State prison eval­u­a­tion re­sults re­leased.

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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.

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