They cut the phone time

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Image: The Creation of the World by Bosch

On June 8th of this year, a new law was instituted to govern the telephone schedule here in Canaleta Prison, in Ciego de Ávila. The vice Chief of the prison, Major Orlando Fernández confirmed to this blogger that the number of telephone lines would increase in Sections 3 and 4 since they are only to be used every three days and only between 8 am and 5 pm, completely shattering the promise of 120 minutes a month promised to us by ex-Chancellor Felipe Pérez Roque in his press conference in 2003 to which I’ve already made mention.

Now with this new regulation, so many prisoners are now unable to speak to their loved ones not only because of the new schedule but because of the number of prisoners here from Havana and all other provinces in Cuba.

It is also important to mention that Section 3 has also reported problems with the telephone lines on several occasions, the most recent of which was this last Monday, when one of the lines was cut as of 2 pm and, as of today the 15th, it still has not been restored.

Through this frustrating circumstance with the telephones being disconnected, we can take solace in one thing: not only are the prisoners here punished without this service but at the same time the ETECSA loses money day by day as prisoners are not buying the prepaid phone cards they sell to use the phone. A small slice of justice!

Pablo Pacheco: Canaleta Prison

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