The day our lives changed, I'm sure started like many of yours. I was contacted by my husband in December, 2012 by phone saying they just told him he was being transferred, didn't know where and he wasn't sure when. I received a call 2 hours later stating he had been transferred already to somewhere in Caracas. Now I don't know about you but I had heard plenty stories of Caracas prisons and was scared to death of where he might be going and what was going to happen when he arrived. I didn't hear from him for almost a week. The Embassy informed me that he had been transferred for their protection it was going to be a foreigner prison only.
From day one of speaking to my husband we had realized our thoughts of safety were short lived. When they arrived there the guards stole all of their personal belongings that they brought with them, money and all. The guards have beaten them for trying to call their embassies for help. Bags have been put over their heads thrown them to the ground and beat them with their riffles and aks. Jumped on them and even kicked them till they were black and blue.
Lets just say the prison was not ready for inmates yet but decided to bring them early anyways. They weren't supplied with the proper amounts of supplies and food. The inmates lost weight immediately due to the shortage of food. They had no working bathrooms, not enough mattresses to sleep on and the list goes on. As the time went on the conditions started improving and the beatings slowed down. We were starting to think the transfer was finally for the better. They were being fed, supplied with certain essentials, no drugs, no weapons and most important no prawn to dictate. Well like most things in there that was short lived. Shortly after things were finally going well they started to bring in Venezuelan inmates by the bus loads. Not just Venezuelans but hard core murderers and inmates looking to take over the prison and become " The Boss".
Shortly after their arrival to Rodeo II the Venezuelan inmates have caused several riots. Taking American and other foreign inmates hostage and setting the prison buildings on fire with all foreigners inside. Every time this happens not only are they in fear of their lives but when it is over they have had all their stuff stolen or burned in the fires. Every time their is a riot the guards answer is to shoot everyone in site with rubber bullets. The guards guns are equipped with so many rubber bullets and at the end 2 live ammunition. Which on a few occasions have been fired also. Luckily no one has been hit yet by the live ammunition.
Prison director Julio Ceasar Perez refuses to remove the Venezuelan inmates, to segregate them by class of violence or to stop the riots. All the American and foreign inmates have begged for help and their protection and have yet to receive any. Venezuelan prison spokes person for foreign inmates Carlos Millan also refuses to help or protect them.
Foreign Inmates Denied Equal Rites
All foreign inmates are denied the same rights as the Venezuelan inmates have. As we know Venezuela is known for their outrageous prison . They're not asking for or expect to have parties, animals, sleep overs or any of the outrageous things that go on in other prisons. They are however asking for some of the allowable things. Rodeo II foreigners are not allowed to have men or children visitors for their family visits. Every visit they have they have to watch the other 2 prisons right by them get to see their kids and brothers or fathers. While they are not allowed that same They are not allowed mp3's while every day they have to hear the other prisons play not only mp3's but full stereo systems. They are not allowed to have food brought to them other than on visit days and it is all limited quantities.