Miami, FL, May 01, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- A group of seasoned investigators appalled at what they have experienced while visiting imprisoned clients and by media reports on U.S. prisons have registered Human Rights Journal, Inc., a Florida based not-for-profit organization to survey and validate testimonials obtained from former-prisoners and their families.
According to Anselmo L. Alliegro, a director at the newly created firm, “the United States has the largest prison population in the world, and the second-highest per-capita incarceration rate. We are concerned with the multitude of accounts of horrific abuses.”
“As a U.S. citizen I am concerned that while our government is critical of prisons in other countries, worst conditions are experienced in our own prisons. Acts of cruelty as reported by the press fuels our detractors’ propaganda,” said Pat Diaz, a director at HRJI.
HRJI adopted the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) “Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners,” of which the U.S. is signatory, and the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Standards on Treatment of Prisoners as their point of reference to monitor prisons. With its limited resources, the HRJI will first focus on U.S. prisons; however, its intended methodology is applicable worldwide.
As explained by Marcelino Rodriguez, another HRJI directors and experienced investigator, “we survey literate recently released former-prisoners. Their detailed testimony is first compared to those of other former-prisoners and sources to validate the information. We report preliminary findings to pertinent authorities asking whether the reported incident is under investigation to avoid intervening in an ongoing investigation. If there is no reply within 10 days, we proceed with an independent investigation. We reserve the right to disseminate findings via news releases, including the cooperation received from responsible authorities.”
“The Florida prisons system in particular has a significant problem that should be addressed via a civilian panel, independent investigators, and the legislature. We need to restore public confidence. HRJI’s projects fits right into the mix to fix what seems to be a prison industry that spiraled out of control,” said Carlos Tolentino, a veteran investigator.