Represented by attorneys Sjamira Roseburg and Shaira Bommel, Point Blanche Inmates Association (PBIA) had filed an injunction in which it argued that the prison situation is very unsafe and the circumstances so poor that intervention by the Court is needed.
According to the inmates, it is urgently warranted that security measures be put in place, and that facilities and daytime activities are improved, that medical care is more widely made available, and that lawyers’ access to their clients be improved.
To this effect, the Inmates Association filed 15 claims in total. The Court awarded eight of these claims, and attached daily fines of US $800 to each of these claims, in case of non-compliance, to a maximum of $50,000.
The Court’s evaluation of all facts and circumstances led to a number of provisions. Prison-guard shifts are to be executed by at least six prison guards in total, and shifts are not to last longer than eight hours per day. Prison guards are to receive professional training in first aid, emergency response, communication and motivation.