A Report about Damghan Prison / One Juvenile Offender on Death Row
HRANA News Agency – Damghan prison with an area of 250 square meters and about 130 prisoners, is one of the smallest prisons in the country and it has rarely been talked about it. The following report considers the situation in this prison and gives the identities of three prisoners on death row, including a juvenile offender (who was under 18 at the time of the crime).
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Damghan prison is located in Imam Khomeini Boulevard in this city, and contains a small two-flat building with area of 250 square meters including 60 meters for walking. The building is 50 years old and is the old police building of the city.
This prison has 5 toilets and bathrooms for 130 people. The main problem, with this “clean” prison, is the prisoner’s very limited space.
On the first floor there are two rooms as the youth ward and health ward (non-smoking prisoners), on the second floor there are two rooms, each with an area of 70 to 80 meters for convicts and detainees (prisoners with temporary detention order), a chapel and ward of prisoners with “open verdict”.
According to the released prisoners from this prison; “Drugs trafficking, compared to most prisons, rarely happens or perhaps is less.”
Another problem that prisoners are grumbling, is about prisoners with “open verdict”. It is said that, by the law, Cooperative Foundation should take 5% of these prisoners income as premium, but the Cooperative Foundation of Semnan province deduct 20% of prisoners’ income.
There are currently three prisoners on death row, including a juvenile offender, charged with drug-related crimes, kept in this prison.
The identity of these prisoners which has been authenticated by HRANA, are as follows:
Farzad Nouraei / under 18 years old at the time of crime
Seyed Mehdi Shahcheraghi