Nov 8, 2003, 2:27 PM
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Re: [beverleywood] Ever been to a Mexican jail as a result of an accident?
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Several years ago, a close friend of mine (Mexican-born and a naturalized US citizen) was traveling with her fiancé (US citizen) from Ensenada to San Diego. She was driving. As she headed north, just south of Rosarito Beach, a drunk driver coming from the north swerved his pickup truck across the highway median, slamming into the driver's side of my friend's car and killing her instantly. Her fiancé's injuries included a broken nose, broken arm, deep cuts, and heavy brusing.
Who went to jail?
The fiancé, a passenger in the car. He spent 4 days in the Tijuana city jail while the details of the accident were sorted out. His injuries were not attended. When it was finally ascertained that he had not been the driver of the car, he was released.
The driver who hit my friend's car was never jailed and was not charged; he was a member of a prominent family.
Years prior to the above accident, I worked as a social worker for two years, 3 days a week, in La Ocho, the Tijuana city jail on 8th Street. Here's how it was then:
- as many as 24 men housed in each 8X10 cell built for 6
- no bathing facilities unless the prisoner had money to bribe a guard
- toilets an open hole in the corner of each cell
- windows (only at roof level) without glass, admitting rain, cold, heat, insects, etc.
- no food~family members or a charitable organization brought food in from the outside
- no clothing other than what a man came in with from the street
- daily hosing down of the entire facility (including cell floors and all prisoners who didn't move fast) with a fire hose
- vermin~rats, lice, fleas, and internal parasites~rampant
- daily violence, including beating and stabbing prisoner-to-prisoner and guard-to-prisoner
- no telephone contact possible with outside
- mentally ill prisoners housed together with the non-mentally ill
They say it's improved. I surely hope so.
(This post was edited by esperanza on Nov 8, 2003, 3:13 PM)