According to “No to Prison – No to Execution”, the condition of prisoners in Isfahan’s Qaleh-ye Shur prison, who have been on leave and are now summoned back to prison, is very appalling, and the threat of being infected with the coronavirus is very high among prisoners.
A prison which has the capacity of 150 people, currently counts 270 inmates and the number keeps raising. On Friday, May 29, another 60 people were transferred to the prison.
Qaleh-ye Shur prison has only 4 toilets and 2 showers and does not meet the needs of the high number of inmates.
The prison’s food, water, and medicine are below human standards, and the prison’s cruel agents use the salty water of this region as a tool to put pressure on prisoners.
The cell doors are locked from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and most prisoners who have no ventilation, are forced to endure the heat close next to each other, in dry air.
In this prison, every kind of criminals – from drug related charges to fraud – are kept together.
There is no quarantine for the infected inmates nor isolation to prevent the coronavirus to spread among other prisoners.
For many inmates, there remains a very little time to serve their sentence but they are still kept in this prison which is referred to as hell.
A prisoner said: “I have been in Isfahan Central Prison for about a year and there is just a few months left of my sentence. But here, one day is as painful as a year. I am worried and exposed to of all kind of diseases.”
There have already been reports of forced labor at Qaleh-ye Shur, as well as contaminated drinking water, which has caused various problems for prisoners.
Qaleh-ye Shur prison is located near Qaleh-ye Shur village in Keraj district in the central part of Isfahan Province. The prison used to be an out-of-town farmland, which after being confiscated by the government’s plunderers, 2 meters high walls were built around it and turned it into a prison.
The area of this prison is about 5 hectares.