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Moroccan Prisons Becoming More Crowded, More Violent

Rabat – Speaking before the members of Legalization and Justice Committee at the House of Representatives in Rabat on November 4, the Delegate General of the Prison Service and Reinsertion Mohamed Saleh Tamek underlined that Moroccan prisons are still marked by violence and no positive change was achieved in the last year.

This comes shortly after the Minister of Interior released encouraging numbers on the crime rate decrease in Morocco, according to Telquel.

The number of assaults among prisoners has nearly doubled, increasing from 1,410 in 2014 to 2,479 in 2015. Violence against prison staff is also high, rising from 88 attacks in 2014 to 168 in 2015, according to the same source.

Tamek also asserted that in some regional prisons, the prison populations have grown by 300 percent. Prison services seized a total of 7,000 cell phones, while 2,000 stashes of drugs were seized.

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