Inside a Haitian Women’s Prison

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In the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 quake, many relied on Twitter for news about what was going on in the country. One of the more prominent Haitian tweeters was @RAMhaiti, a.k.a. Richard Morse, a.k.a. front man of one of Haiti’s most famous bands and proprietor of the country’s most legendary hotel.

In the last few days, Morse’s tweet stream has been a good source of info on another hard-to-access subject: conditions in a Haitian women’s prison. Below, check him out making some observations about what it’s like inside during a visit. Now that newly elected President Michel Martelly (Morse’s cousin) has appointed him an advisor, his time at the prison could influence his future advising focus—and so, his tweets imply, maybe the future of criminal justice in the country.

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