June 8th, 2010
10:46 PM ET

Van der Sloot faces prisons known for harsh conditions

Joran van der Sloot, Stephany Flores, Natalee Holloway. These names dominated Google trends for most of Tuesday, when news broke that van der Sloot allegedly confessed to Peruvian authorities to killing Flores. Adding to the intrigue, sources close to the investigation said the Dutchman admitted to killing Flores after she discovered information on his laptop linking him to the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

"Peru prisons" was also a popular search term late in the afternoon, with many wondering what kind of conditions van der Sloot might face if he enters one of Peru's 71 active prisons.

A 2009 U.S. State Department report on Peru's human rights record noted that while the South American country's government generally respects the human rights of its citizens, prison conditions were harsh for the country's 44,800 inmates - 17,297 of whom were awaiting sentencing as of December 2009, according to the report.

Among the areas of serious concern highlighted were overcrowding, poor sanitation and inadequate nutrition and health care. The San Juan de Lurigancho men's prison held 9,874 prisoners in a facility designed for 3,204 and incidences of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS were reportedly at near-epidemic levels, according to the report.

"Prisoners with money had access to cell phones, illegal drugs and meals prepared outside the prison. Conditions were poor to extremely harsh in facilities for prisoners who lacked funds," the report said. "Inmates had intermittent access to running water, bathing facilities were inadequate, kitchen facilities were unhygienic, and prisoners slept in hallways and common areas for lack of cell space."

Corruption and professional incompetence were also reported in some of the nation's 71 prisons, 56 of which are operated by The National Penitentiary Institute. The National Police of Peru has jurisdiction over the rest, according to the State Department report.

"There were deaths of inmates in prisons, most attributed to fellow inmates, but some were due to negligence by guards. Guards received little or no training or supervision. Corruption was a serious problem, and some guards cooperated with criminal bosses who oversaw the smuggling of guns and drugs into prisons."

Conditions are especially harsh in the country's maximum security prisons, which are extremely isolated geographically.

One of them, the Challapalca Prison, is in the Andes near the Bolivian border, at an altitude of 15,000 feet above sea level, about 211 kilometers from the nearest city of Puno - a six-hour ride down a dirt road, depending on conditions, according to a 2003 report on the facility by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

There is no regular electricity or running water, and temperatures most of the year hover around 33 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and as low as 4 degrees below zero at night, the report said.

Both organizations noted lengthy pretrial detention and inordinate trial delays in Peru - two areas that could concern van der Sloot if he is charged with a crime, which he has not been so far.

"According to a study prepared by the Technical Secretary of the Special Commission for Integral Reform of the Justice System, 61 percent of those in prison were awaiting trial, the majority for between one and two years," the State Department report said. "The law requires release of prisoners who have been held more than 18 months without being sentenced; the period is extended to 36 months in complex cases."

The report also noted the Peruvian government permitted prison visits by independent human rights observers, with the International Committee of the Red Cross making 44 unannounced visits in 2009.

soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. K.Ellington

    Sucks to be Joran. Even if he gets a reduced sentence for confessing and time off for "good behavior" and even if the max is only 35 years – EVEN if he serves ten years – they will be the worst he can imagine. That is what prison should be. When he is released (if he lives that long) he will probably be toothless, tuberculosis-infected and a very broken man. I don't believe he has the money or connections to make his prison stay any less miserable than a common criminal and he doesn't have the horse-sense to get along with the inmates who could protect him. His arrogance will finally be the end of Joran Van der Sloot. I hope he fully enjoys every single minute he will receive in his sentence.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Smith


      June 9, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • reddy

      YES, 100 % right, he will be in a hell. He desrves for it.

      June 9, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |

      WELL SAID!!

      June 9, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • D.Garza

      It may seem that these living conditions are deplorable but at the same time Mr. Van der Sloot may have enough money-power to bribe a good life through prison (good meals, drugs, entertainment, women, etc), as is the case with many drug lords and money-powered individuals who can bribe their way through prison, to live a moderately satisfactory life.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      D.Garza Van der Sloot may have enough money-power to bribe a good life @@@@ I don't think he has money. he was trying to extort money from the Holloways and the money Stephany Flores won in the casino was not found at the crime scene.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mommabear

      Awww...I feel so sorry for him...NOT! Karma is about to slap Van Der Sloot in the face.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Joran has a trust of $50,000.00 per year. That will go a long way in Peru. He comes from a wealthy family. Joran was trying to extort because 50k is not enough for the little prince.

      June 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • yoli


      June 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Navyboy

      Bring on the unga-bunga!

      June 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van der Sloot Hater

      But the Flores family has more money and will gladly pay to make sure he is miserable in prison.

      June 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAED


      June 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOKA

      boy, did you sum that up!!!!! awesome..

      June 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • iris


      June 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • viacondios

      I can't imagine that as humans we wouldn't feel something even for the accused – but that something is probably disgust. As a Christian, it's extremely hard for me to hate another human being despite their crimes – but I can imagine that if any of the two girls that were murdered by this evil man were my daughter – I would have a difficult time not hating him. And, so – with that in mind – I think prisons should be places where criminals lose their rights to the joys this life affords the rest of us...perhaps having no electricity is not such a bad thing, perhaps a shower once a week is all they deserve – I'm not the judge in these matters – but what I think is clear is that whatever prison this man lands in will subject him to the type of punishment that he is probably deserving of – although I believe that the death penalty is a fair and just sentence for a murderer. I'm not sure this young man will leave very long in a Peruvian prison however as the girl he murdered is/was well connected. Justice for them probably means that they are willing to provide an incentive for someone inside the prison to even the score....
      In my mind, life in a prison like that is just!

      June 10, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Raquel

      Couldn't have said it better myself K. Ellington!

      June 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kelly

    It's true – look at Lori Berenson after 15 years in Peruvian jails. Her spine is destroyed from cold weather, sleeping in miserable conditions and from lugging heavy bags of flour. And she had it relatively easy as prisoners go, with people on th inside to protect her. Joran will find nothing but hatred and contempt from his fellow inmates.

    June 9, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • sofia

      Lori Berenson deserves more than that. she is a terrorist who was killing people in Peru. She deserves to be locked in a jail like that for the rest of her life.
      Van der Sloot will pay what he did, that's for sure.

      June 9, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Vanessa

    No crime goes unpunished in Peru that is for sure. He will wish he was dead.

    June 9, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. dee

    Because there is so much bad press about the prisons in Peru, Holland my step in and protect him. The other day the Dutch Embassy stated they did not like the way Joran was being portrayed to the media. Then they said something like the world was watching which I took to mean that Peru better be careful or the world will see how they treat inmates.
    What the Dutch fail to understand is that I doubt the world cares about him, how stupid can the Dutch Embassy be. His face was put out there for the entire world to see. I could be wrong but because he will be a convicted murderer, no country in the world will allow him into their country. The place he can go is Holland and Aruba and any other Dutch territory. After his sentence in Peru, he faces a trial in the U.S. for extortion and will be in a Federal prison in the United States. But Federal Prisons are like day camps so he won't have it too bad in that environment.

    June 9, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • oneshot36

      El Gobierno peruano puede mostrarle obtener su culo pateó si lo desean!

      June 9, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • quent97

      It is laughable that his country should complain about his image when he is linked to 2 murders (albeit the other remains unresolved). AND I agree with you Dee, if anyone really cared about Van der Sloot he would not have to wear a bullet proof vest. Clearly somebody wants him dead. Lastly I, for one, am glad that his face is being shown to the world so that other women do not forget that he exists and will avoid him if he is let back into society.

      June 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dee

    I wonder why he confessed. He is the kind of person that can't be trusted and he must have something up his sleeve.

    June 9, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Apparently he confessed in exchange for a "lighter" sentence. Still, 35 years (if he gets the max) is going to be hell for this little arrogant excuse for a human being.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Pandorasdoll

      I'm sure he confessed through some coaxing from the Peruvian officials. They do not have "prisoners rights" out there. The fact that he is still walking is about the only right he will be afforded, and I'm sure that wont last for long. Even if he spends 1 year in prison, it will be the worst year of his entire life. Rightfully so.

      June 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tee pee

      this sloot character thought that maybe if he killed again that no one would ever find out. there is no such thing as the perfect murder. he might have confessed because he knew they would find evidence against him, this time around. fool us once, shame on us, you tried to fool us twice... shame on you!!! living in a rotten room, doesn't mean anything! anyone that is willing to pay any of those people in the jail to finally silence him, will do beacuse they basically have nothing to lose... he should not be worried about the people outside trying to get at him... he should fear the people that are in there already who can get to him easily!!! may GOD have mercy on his soul for the heartache he has caused on the families of these two girls! He has to worry about GOD's judgement on HIM! HE IS A PURE EVIL, HIS MOTHER AND FATHER SHOULD CUT TIES WITH THAT EVIL CHILD THEY BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD! And if they know something... they deserve to go down with their child as well!!!!

      June 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ocean

    Once he is sent in, he's dead... UNLESS they have protective custody!!

    I guarantee we will hear of him getting killed before the year is out...

    June 9, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • nosnobunny

      One can only hope.

      June 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • AshahsMommy

      No matter what the Dutch, the UN, the Red Cross, he committed a crime in a country that does not care one bit about prisoners. He should have done his home work before going to a country like that trying to score. He's a dead man and I'm certain he knows it. If the U.S. prisons were like the ones in Peru, maybe states would have more money for education!

      June 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • quent97

      AMEN! Ahahsmommy. We have the largest prison population in the world (over 2.3 millon) and last I read we only rank 14 in education. smdh

      June 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      Let nature take it's course in the penal system and he WILL get what coming to him, day by day. Aids is at an almost epidemic level their prison system, so he has a good chance of dying of aids or he just may get murdered the old fashion way. Or, should I say "his perferred way".

      June 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. bush

    The Peruvian girl who he killed, her father's wealthy and very well connected (former race car driver, presidential candidate etc.).

    I'm sure there will be a bounty on Van Der Sloot's head when he gets into prison, so I think he'll be killed before he even gets to enjoy some of Peru's fine incarceration facilities. At least justice will be served, shame it had to come at the cost of another young life though.

    June 9, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Glynrd Skynrd

      Hopefully they'll toy w/ him for a long time before they do him in, give him a "taste" of what he dished out.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • LilRdVet2

      Personally speaking...I think it would serve justice much better if he was protected just enough to keep him alive to serve out his sentence in full in one of the worst prisons in Peru...it would be better to know he was living a miserable life, every single day, having to know he's there because justice finally caught up with his sorry behind...no...death is too good for him...I hope he serves every single day in the worst conditions possible...and then is brought to serve time in a supermax prison here in the states...but that's just my thoughts on it...as for his homeland Aruba?...Stephany's blood is on their hands...if they had done their job, he wouldn't have been in Peru in the first place!

      June 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • quent97

      The Peruvian girl who he killed, her father's wealthy and very well connected (former race car driver, presidential candidate etc.).

      So that's why he needs a bullet proof vest. Thanks for the info, I did not know that. My grin just widened.

      June 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matthews

    This is an understatement, these places are no joke! Some more comments: "Van der Sloot faces hard time in Peruvian prison" http://www.tacticalrss.com/?content=1558

    June 9, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com 50 years is enogh to him, good luck

    June 9, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. maryd

    he will get what he deserves in prison

    June 9, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. maryd

    its a shame you can not say what you want to because cnn will not let you post a comment that you want to. Why let people comment when it will not be posted

    June 9, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. DLEE

    It is inconcievable to me that the Dutch Authorities question how Peru is parading Joran in the media as questionable! When are the idiots in Holland and Aruba going to wake up to the fact that this young man is a murderer? Joran's stay at Lurigancho prison when he is sent there will be relatively short, he will not live long enough for the Holloway family or the Flores family to see justice served. No doubt a westerner will never adapt to a life in such a horrible place.....or maybe that in itself is justice.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Proclus

      The Dutch Embassy did NOT complain about the fact that Joran was paraded. CNN did sent out this information, but it was reported as untrue by the Dutch Foreign Affairs department.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    There is no treatment bad enough for this rat.

    Fan my Facebook Page: Hang Joran Vander Sloot!

    June 9, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. forgiving

    I feel that those who condemn people for what they do are just as sinful as the other. People stop wishing bad on other people then maybe you will get some good coming your way. It is wrong what they did but it is not up to us to decide on his punishment. That right belongs to the Lord.

    June 9, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      interesting an idealistic statements....but, I have to ask- which "lord" are you speaking of? More deaths and misery come about in the world because of "the lord" and his devout followers than anything else, save for disease and epidemics...but even that's questionable...

      June 9, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • davincikode

      If you rejoice over him living in 'hell' the rest of his live, then your mental world is as good as a Peru prison. What happend to decency these days, do we still live in medieval times?

      June 9, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Not getting the whole leave it to the Lord way.. Are you really saying that he should not be sent to prison, should not be punished or suffer for taking that girl's life. That we should all just hope there is a punishment for him after he dies.

      June 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tgt

      Poe. Do not feed the trolls

      June 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • viacondios

      Ms. Forgiving...you are wrong. Those that condemn another for their evil are not evil at all. Look in Exodus chapter 2. I believe that you will find the frustrations of evil at their best. When surrounded by evil and frustrated by how little Moses' mother could do to protect her son – she looked for a way to act against the evil. Her actions were no different from the verbal condemnation many have toward this man of evil – Van der sloot. God's direction to us as was his direction to Moses' mother – look for ways to act against evil and then trust God to use those efforts in a war against evil. Hope that helps you. Oh and by the way, by all definition you have condemned those of us with whom you feel are condemning Van der Sloot....!!!! It's a slippery slope – isn't it?

      June 10, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark Baloun

      Keep your religious convictions to yourself in private where they belong. Your little sky fairy wasn't there to save these two girls.. The boys in the peruvian prisons will straighten this little SH** out..

      June 12, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Nettaniah

      ForgivingRight all the way.....What is worng with folks today? Am so, so very sorry for those hurting families. But who died and left People to be "GOD" Like really! I think thats why the world is so corrupted today no one wants to "FORGIVE",,,,,,A man will certainly reap what he sowed and this guy will by no doupt Reap OK! However! two wrongs does not = one right. I guess those people who are casting the 1 st stone are clean, pure and holy well excuse I need to goin that club. The good old book states God will not Forgive you of your sins if you do not Forgive others "SORRY....' LOL.............................

      Forgiving is hard but it's Mandatory, because after this Plane you dont know who you have to answer too.
      Peace Out.

      June 12, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nettaniah

      Forgiving!! Right all the way.....What is worng with folks today? Am so, so very sorry for those hurting families. But who died and left People to be "GOD" Like really! I think thats why the world is so corrupted today no one wants to "FORGIVE",,,,,,A man will certainly reap what he sowed and this guy will by no doupt Reap OK! However! two wrongs does not = one right. I guess those people who are casting the 1 st stone are clean, pure and holy well excuse I need to goin that club. The good old book states God will not Forgive you of your sins if you do not Forgive others "SORRY....' LOL.............................

      Forgiving is hard but it's Mandatory, because after this Plane you dont know who you have to ANSWER TOO!!!
      Peace Out.

      June 12, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. jgray

    I feel no pity for Van Der Sloot. But I hope people will wake up and realize that it's not okay to give your kids whatever money can buy. It's not okay to protect them from the consequences of thier actions. Just because you CAN give them everything, doesn't mean you SHOULD. I feel no pity for the boy, but I hope you realize his family created this monster. He is a victim too. That isn't pity. If my dog who I love got rabies and was a danger to the public, I would have to kiss him goodbye, and put him down. Same goes for this poor kid because he is now a monster. But I feel his parents also have the blood of these poor girls on thier hands.

    June 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      His father knew what he did and protected him anyway. That made his father just as guilty. And the Lord called him in for it. He died about 2 years of a heart attack at a relatively young age.

      June 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • zetta

      I agree with you................his parents had to know what he did in Aruba and protected him with that smurk on his face, sicken me. Watching Beth and Dave on nightly broadcast my heart hurt for them. Now his father has passed and it will be up to his mother to try and protect this terrible person. Karma is the best medicine in the world it comes back and bites you every time. I am so sorry that another girl has been harmed but so please that he is going to have to pay for what he has done. My question is how many other girls has he hurt? Wonder if his mother lies in bed at night and wonders the same, shame on her!

      June 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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