With so many prison escape-related headlines making front page news in Argentina lately, the prison system and its failure to secure prisoners has been a growing concern. The province of Rio Negro has been one of the chief concerns occupying the media and the public – how were so many prisoners allowed to escape? Questions to address are: what is the system the prisoners are escaping from? How do they go about escaping? Just how it is possible for them to escape from what is supposedly the most secure unit available to the authorities?
The Argentina Independent hit the streets to find out the public’s opinion on this controversial topic which directly concerns their personal safety.
There is an epidemic but it’s difficult to know the reasons why, most people don’t know. When I hear the news, I think perhaps more than an epidemic, it’s a problem with the police. There’s a lot of corruption and making deals with the police which is a problem, more than ‘fleeing’.
I think it’s complicated but I’m not sure if ‘epidemic is the right word because so there’s so many different types of prison escapes and not all of them are due to security problems. We have to look at it closely to see why it’s happening and come closer to stopping it.
I agree that there is an epidemic and a huge problem with prisoners escaping in Argentina. I think it may not necessarily be ‘escaping’ but corruption. People make corrupt deals to get themselves out of prison prematurely which is a problem just as big as escape which isn’t as often addressed.
There is an epidemic and it is a huge problem without a doubt. To improve the situation, the government needs to improve the prison system.