5 May 2009

French Polynesian prison guards call for better working conditions

5:51 pm on 5 May 2009

Prison guards in French Polynesia have held a sit-in in Tahiti as part of French industrial action for better working conditions.

The protest is aimed at highlighting the overcrowding of penitentiaries which adds to the workload of those in charge of supervising the jails.

The Nuutania jail in Tahiti is the most crowded prison run by France, with the number of inmates being three times larger than what the facilty was built for.

The plight of those held there has frequently been highlighted and plans are afoot to build another jail.