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Posted on Wednesday, 04.10.13

Cuba gives reporters rare tour of island lockups

The Associated Press

HAVANA — Cuba invited foreign journalists to tour four prisons this

week in an apparent attempt to counter public criticisms of conditions

inside.

At the Combinado del Este, the island's largest lockup and one of five

maximum-security prisons, reporters were shown workshops where inmates

were hard at work disassembling cars, repairing motors and making shoes.

The , which is home to Cuba's gravest offenders, also offers

classes in useful skills like bricklaying, carpentry and soldering.

Roelis Osorio, director of the Combinado del Este, said 27 percent of

the inmates work voluntarily and are compensated for their labor. He

said 37 percent of prisoners take classes.

Cells measuring about 2 by 4 yards (meters) house three inmates, and

each has a bathroom separated by plastic curtains or blankets.

Medium-security prisons were also opened up to reporters for the first

time in nine years.

Cuba has 56,000 prisoners in 200 penitentiaries.

Cuban dissidents have accused prison facilities of abuse amounting to

torture – something vehemently denied by authorities.

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