8 Mar 2013

Tahiti inmate gets compensation for degrading jail conditions

10:14 am on 8 March 2013

French Polynesia's administrative court has ordered the French state to pay compensation to an inmate for being jailed in inhuman conditions.

This is the second time in two weeks that the court has ruled that compensation be paid for the degrading circumstances in which an inmate is being kept in Tahiti's Nuutania jail.

The state has been ordered to pay 1,700 US dollars to Eric Ceran-Jerusalemy, who was jailed for five years last year.

The sum amounts to 130 dollars for every month in prison.

He is the first serving inmate to be paid compensation as last week's ruling applied to a former prisoner.

Tahiti's Nuutania jail is among the most overcrowded prisons run by France but in 2011 Paris agreed to build a new prison for the territory.