September 10th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Justice Minister Ana Isabel Garita is asked the courts to establish alternative measures to prevent sending more people to prison during a meeting yesterday with the Full Court to discuss prison overcrowding in the country.
Garita said she is working to tackle the problem of prison overcrowding both by increasing infrastructure as well as seeking alternatives to prison sentences.
Garita’s ideas for alternative measures include pardons or parole for those sentenced to less than three years. The decision between a pardon or parole would be at judges’ discretion.
Garita said that the country’s prison system currently has a capacity to incarcerate just over 9,000 prisoners, but has 13,754 prisoners in its cells.