Morocco/July 11, 2019/Margot Eliason /No Comment/148 views /Morocco Moroccan NGO Reports Overcrowding Issues in Most Moroccan Prisonsshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelThe Moroccan Observatory for Prisons released its annual report in Rabat yesterday July 10, revealing Morocco’s incarceration figures for 2018. According to the report, 83 757 people were incarcerated last year, an increase of 655 prisoners from the 2017 figures. The increase “aggravates the phenomenon of overpopulation in prisons,” notes the report. The report finds that 12 of Morocco’s 15 prisons currently exceed their maximum inmate capacity. The prison of Al Arjat 1, a few kilometers north of Rabat, is at 205% of its capacity, while the Moul El Bergui Safi prison is at 173%. Morocco’s largest prison, the Oukacha prison in Casablanca, is at 172% capacity. Prison overpopulation has been an ongoing concern in Morocco, placing pressure on staff and inmates. The Delegation for Penal Administration and Reinsertion (DGAPR), the Moroccan government body responsible for prison administration is working to resolve the issue. In 2018, the DGAPR renovated prisons across Morocco, increasing the floor space per prisoner from 1.87 square meters to 1.89 square meters. DGAPR intends to launch a 2019-2021 strategy to increase floor space to 3 square meters per inmate. But floor space is not the only concern. Overcrowding places pressure on staff. In November last year, DGAPR reported prisons staffing was one staff member for 40 inmates during the day, and one staff member per 500 inmates at night. The situation “is exhausting human resources who are working in difficult and risky conditions,” said Mohamed Salah Tamek, the director of DGAPR at the law and finance budget for 2019 announcement last November. Leave A Comment Below Related ALSO READ The Khashoggi Case Could Reshape Alliances in the Middle East | Morocco World NewsTags:Morocco share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous article[Tribune] Renoncer au franc CFA ? Une opération périlleuse – JeuneAfrique.comnext articleStoneBwoy – Tuff SeedRelated PostsMorocco/July 16, 2019 /No Comment Family of Kidnapped Polisario Member El Khalil Ahmed Stages Sit-InMorocco/July 16, 2019 /No Comment Moroccan Customs to Crackdown on Illegal Currency TraffickingEgypt’s Al Zamalek Signs Moroccan Football Player Achraf BencharkiReferee Redouane Jiyed: Honoring the Legacy of Said BelqolaFez Authorities Remove Cellular Antenna to Reduce ‘Visual Pollution’Morocco’s Budget Deficit Rises to MAD 21.8 Billion in June 2019Morocco Sees Higher Baccalaureate Passing Rate in 2019General Haftar’s Forces Announce Plan to Seize Control of TripoliHACA Suspends Adil El Omari’s Show For Misogynistic RemarksMoroccan Metal Industry Blames Maghreb Steel Trade Sanctions for Sector Challenges Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.