Prison jail generic.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A report released by the Public Defendant Department of the Justice Ministry
slammed conditions in the country’s prisons, noting crowded cells that lack good
ventilation and disproportionate punishments meted out to prisoners.
report said the Prisons Service lacked basic equipment, and that prisoners were
exposed at times to the effects of weather conditions. It also noted failures in
providing proper medical treatment to prisoners and problems in allowing
prisoners to meet with their families and their attorneys.
the report, the Prisons Service is also not living up to its obligations to put
prisoners through rehabilitation programs. The report said there were shortages
in treatments designed to prevent repeat offenses after release and insufficient
The report singled out the Hasharon Prison in
central Israel due to an unusually high number of complaints and irregularities
regarding punishments, lack of good hygiene, food and poor drinking water
Responding to the report, the Prisons Service said certain
measures like chaining prisoners were carried out when it was determined that
they posed a danger to others or themselves, and were not
The Service rejected criticisms of its medical services, and
said it was increasing facilities for the rehabilitation and education of
It added that over the past three years, work has been
underway to significantly improve living conditions in prisons.