Friday, January 24th 2014 - 03:31 UTC

Discos are common in Venezuelan penitentiaries, admits minister

Discotheques have long operated inside Venezuelan penitentiaries, the head of the country's prison service said Thursday in response to a public uproar over the death of a young man after partying at a disco behind bars.

Minister Varela admitting the 'regrettable perversion'

”The scandal (regarding) if 'there are discotheques in the prisons.' The discos in the prisons have always existed, at least since the revolution (1999, when leftist Hugo Chavez became president).

Regrettably, it's a perversion,“ Iris Varela told reporters from a prison in the eastern state of Anzoategui.

”What the management of the revolutionary government has done is do away with those discotheques, close them,“ the Prisons Service minister said.

Varela made no mention to reporters about the death of an 18-year-old visitor last Sunday as a result of consuming toxic substances, after spending the entire weekend in a discotheque in Tocoron prison in the central state of Aragua.

Exactly one month ago the minister said that the chronic crisis in the Venezuelan prisons was coming to a close, reporting the disarming of inmates and announcing the construction of new prisons.

In the first nine months of 2013, more than 300 inmates died in prisons around the country, while in 2012, 591 inmates died, according to the independent Venezuelan Prisons Observatory.

The Venezuelan penal system is experiencing a chronic crisis due to the entry of weapons and drugs into the prisons and the high murder rate, a problem that the late Chavez called a ”cancer” and which spurred him two years ago to create the ministry headed by Varela.

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1 Anglotino (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 03:47 am Report abuse
Varela sounds like she is as good at her job as Maduro is at his!

“What the management of the revolutionary government has done is do away with those discotheques, close them”

And yet.... last weekend, an 18-year-old VISITOR died after consuming toxic substances, after spending the ENTIRE WEEKEND in a discotheque in Tocoron prison.


So much for closing them down. Is it only me or does anyone else think it is perverse that an 18 year old can go and spend an entire weekend partying and consuming drugs in a prison?

We are all Chavez!
2 ilsen (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 04:00 am Report abuse
Ahh! But we have La Patria!

(this is to reference a Health Minister in response to the lack of feminine sanitary products last year, and other statements by MaBurro's gang)

To learn more about this crazy loon go here

She makes Cristina look like a sweet old auntie..
3 Captain Poppy (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
4 Boovis (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 02:11 pm Report abuse
...and there was me thinking they'd just do the jailhouse rock. Lesson: Elvis lied.
5 Conqueror (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
@2 You seem to know about this. I hope that doesn't mean that you're in prison. If I read the article correctly, these discos started up when Chavez got into power. Always a good idea to get the cons on your side. But then Varela said “What the management of the revolutionary government has done is do away with those discotheques, close them,” Does that mean that Chavez started them and now the “government” is stopping them? Won't that make the “government” a little unpopular with the cons?
6 Briton (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 02:16 pm Report abuse
prison parties ,
prison discos,
what next,
prison excursions and holidays .lol
7 ilsen (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
@5 no, not currently LOL! ;-).

What the article shows is that Varela talks utter rot and contrdicts herself, the maddest of mad cows - a while back she was going release 40% of the prisoners in one go, until a slighty less mad senior Chavista put a lid on it.
8 Conqueror (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 05:37 pm Report abuse
@7 Then I hope you aren't caught with an extra loaf of bread and a sausage. Two years of forced discos? “You vill enjoy yourself. Here's your toxic substances!” Incidentally, all toxic substances are fully tested by Maduro first.
9 ilsen (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 06:18 pm Report abuse
@8 Dear old Conq. You are a class act! Pmsl !
Especially the last line! Still lol!
10 Conqueror (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 07:01 pm Report abuse
@9 Ilsen (Genuflects)!
11 golfcronie (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 07:08 pm Report abuse
You only get invited to the disco if you have been convicted of a major crime, like not paying taxes. What is tax I here you ask, well it is well known in LATAM that the majority do not know what tax is. I remember that a certain comedian in the UK was fined for not paying the correct amount of tax. He said that the tax rate when he last looked 20 years ago was 2 pence in the pound and 20 years later he said he still thought it was still 2 pence in the pound. LMFAO
12 Jack Bauer (#) Jan 24th, 2014 - 08:56 pm Report abuse
Sounds like “El Pueblito” in Mexico.....quite understandable that this kind of shit would appear when Chavez took step is to allow the inmates families to move in to the prisons...
13 ilsen (#) Jan 25th, 2014 - 06:16 pm Report abuse
For those interested in learning more. ...
Well worth reading IMHO. .

authoritative piece by
Marcela Estrada
14 Jack Bauer (#) Jan 25th, 2014 - 07:34 pm Report abuse
@13, Marcela Estrada's report is very enlightening....didn't know that VZ prisons had already “evolved” so much...based on Maduro's ridiculous claim that crime is the fault of violent TV shows - as if the State were doing it's job as far as public safety is concerned - then you've got to wonder why only a tiny minority of the population is “jailed”....but of course, the obvious answer is ...“only the criminals watch TV” ...sooner or later, VZ is gonna implode.
15 wesley mouch (#) Jan 26th, 2014 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
16 ilsen (#) Jan 26th, 2014 - 10:07 pm Report abuse
@ 15 Wesley - “would say” you are close, but no cigar! terrifyingly they ARE saying this - direct quote from my link @13...
”Beyond the general incompetence of a 15-year government (or dictatorship, as you prefer), the ineptitude gets worst when we analyze the Ministry for the Penitentiary System, headed by Iris Varela. She talks about “a penitentiary revolution,” ... ”

Venezuela currently has 33 prisons built to hold about 12,000 inmates, but officials have said the prisons' population is about 47,000 (figures from Jan 2013). We can round that up to 50,000 for today's figures

Over 500 violent deaths in the prisons in 2013... but are you safer inside or out?
There were an estimated 24,000 violent deaths in Vnzla last year from a population of 28 million, approx 79 in every 100,000 - one of the highest in the world.
For the prison population make that approx 1000 per 100,000. (contrast that to UK numbers of 4 homicides from total prison population of 84,633, total UK population of 63.7 million, 2013)

So 'to disco or not disco, that is the question'.....
Viva la revolucion! Viva La Patria! (HEAVY sarcasm intended!)

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