Report shows major defects in prison conditions

There are exceptional deficiencies in the jail conditions for minors in Israel, according to the Public Defender's Office sixth annual report, released Monday. The report cited, among other things, a failure to guard the rights of incarcerated minors; violation of the prisoners' right to exist by the staff at the Russian Compound; failure to provide enough beds for all prisoners; punitive jailing at the Eilat prison; and derogatory treatment from staff. It also mentioned undersized and crowded cells, unbearably poor ventilation, lack of basic furniture, and failure to provide adequate food, as well as the inadequate implementation of prisoners' attorney, phone call visitation rights. The implementation of the prisoners' right to medical care was also found defective. The report showed little improvement in jail conditions since last year, Army Radio reported.