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The Senator of Saint-Martin, Annick Pétrus, visits the Basse-Terre prison

The law of June 15th, 2000, which reinforces the protection of the presumption of innocence and the rights of victims, allows parliamentarians to visit a prison at any time and without warning.

Thus, the senator of Saint Martin, Annick Pétrus, went to the Basse-Terre prison where she met with the director, Olivier Vicquelin, as well as some Saint Martin inmates. Out of a prison population of 160 inmates, the establishment includes more than 35 prisoners from Saint Martin.

“This over representation is disturbing and raises questions,” said Senator Petrus. After talking to some of the inmates, she

saidthat “the lack of contact with their families seems to be their major concern”.

“The establishment of a room dedicated to video-conferencing visits is a good initiative,” continued the senator, who believes that St. Martin’s inmates suffer a double penalty, namely incarceration in Guadeloupe and the lack of contact with their loved ones.

For the former 3rd vice-president of the Collectivity of SaintMartin, “it remains our duty as elected officials to do everything possible to help our young people in difficulty in the territory, and thus reduce the number of ourchildren in prison”.

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