How are Japanese prisons

Keimusho - How are prisons in Japan? 1 #

Prisons in Japan are called Germusho [刑 務 所] and surprise with their competence and their differentiated treatment habits for prisoners and administration. In this article, you will learn more about prisons and what happens when you are arrested.

Contrary to our idea of ​​a prison, Japan does not suffer from overcrowded or poorly maintained prisons. In Japan, prisoners are treated equally, given the same amount of food, wear the same uniform, and handicrafts.

Fortunately, there is almost no violence between prisoners in Japanese prisons. No revenge killings and no rape. Things are so peaceful that there is usually only one guard to look after 40 inmates.

Prisoners are classified according to gender, nationality, type of sentence, length of sentence, degree of crime, and physical and mental health. The prison system is divided into adult, youth and women-oriented houses (for the rehabilitation of prostitutes).

Prisoners wear uniforms and there are prescribed ways to walk, speak, eat, sit and sleep. A mistake will be punished! The most common is the loss of privileges such as free time, access to television, and the loss of the most wanted jobs.

What if you are trapped in Japan?

Before we talk about prisons, it's good to understand what happens when you get arrested. In Japan, prisoners have almost no rights. Once someone is arrested, they are guilty until proven otherwise.

Most of those arrested are sentenced, so the police rarely make mistakes in arresting them. If you insist on being innocent, the treatment will be even stricter and will be interpreted as repentance. If you are guilty, it is best to admit!

The investigation process is difficult, you can not sleep and only eat frozen rice with raw egg. A process that can take approximately 12 hours of psychological pressure to sign a confession.

All Japanese laws benefit the state, not the defendant. A person can be held for questioning for 48 hours and apply for preventive detention for 10 days. A person can be detained for up to 23 days without being charged with a crime.

In some cases the embassy cannot help you. You will be treated according to the laws of Japan. Prosecutors are expensive, charge additional fees, and do not do much. If convicted, you can send books in your language to jail.

I was arrested in Japan, but I am innocent! Chipped me

I've read comments from people who read a certain article on the internet and even got things to know before going to Japan. and being arrested innocently, but things are not quite like that. Let's understand some facts about the arrest of innocent people in Japan.

First, people need to stop believing everything they read on the internet. While it's factual, much of this article has been generalized and terrifyingly written to generate stock.

In Japan, the police and the relevant authorities investigate the life of the criminal or suspect before taking him to jail. So the person will only be arrested if they have been caught, identified in flagrante delicto or if it is certain that the person has committed a crime ...

There have been cases where the investigation has put innocent people in jail and it took decades for the suspects to be released. The police withdrew with apologies on national television and somehow compensated the suspect and family for the time imprisoned.

These cases are rare, I believe they are less common than innocent people arrested in Brazil, even Brazilians with their fragile laws exposing criminals. I believe there have been fewer than three cases of innocent convictions for long periods of time.

A bus driver was arrested for a DNA test on the young victim. After 30 years he was acquitted, received very high compensation and retirement, already bought several houses for family members and spent his retirement traveling around the country.

There is no reason to be afraid of being arrested as a tourist in Japan. The laws are different for people who travel or have a permanent visa. Even if you accidentally hit someone, you won't get the same treatment from the above criminals.

Types of prisons in Japan

There are different types of arrests and detentions in Japan. Let's briefly dwell on each one:

Kouchishou [拘 置 所] - It is a Department of Justice facility that mainly houses unconvicted prisoners (criminal defendants) and those sentenced to death. A rigid prison, house one isolated in its cell.

Shōnen Keimusho [少年 刑 務 所] - It houses people who have been subjected to criminal penalties due to lawsuits or the like that violate laws and regulations. Although they are suitable for young people under the age of 20, they can live up to 26 years old.

Joshi Keimusho [女子 刑 務 所] - They are like male prisons, only for women. There is no juvenile prison for women, they are added to wards in a women's prison. Most of the prisoners recover from prostitution there.

Keiji Shisetsu [刑事 施 設] - Refers to an installation that houses people who have been sentenced to free prison, sentenced to death, and detained suspects and defendants in Japan. According to the old prison law, it was called a prison.

The law has already seen several changes to the prison system. It is important to clarify that there are different types of incarceration, conviction, rehabilitation, and others. The following are some of the penalties for convicts in Japan:

Choueki [懲 役] - This is a criminal punishment that allows a free punishment, but under criminal law; Hard labor prison, work to pay for your crimes.

Kinko [禁錮] - Long-term punishment that does not impose labor obligations in a legal system that defines categories as labor obligations for free punishments. That is, a prison (without forced labor); Detention and incarceration.

Kouryuu [拘留] - Short-term criminal sanction that does not impose labor obligations in the legal system that defines the division of labor as tax-free. Translated as custody; Imprisonment and brief imprisonment.

How are prisons in Japan?

Prisons or jails in Japan are well regulated and strict. When you get there, you will be given a huge guide on how to behave inside. This explains why there is no violence, armed guards, and high walls in Japan's prisons.

Detainees wear uniforms and there is a rule for everything that involves walking, eating, sitting, getting up, sleeping, and even talking. If the rules are not violated, punishment can be applied. One should eat while looking down, sleep shows its face.

Bathing is only permitted a few times a week under the supervision of the guards. The infirmary is only used for emergencies, many have to deal with pain or minor problems, mainly due to the lack of on-call doctors.

External contact

Chatting is only allowed for a limited time and during the day. Without marital visits, visits from relatives should last between 5 and 30 minutes. Visitors must be closely related or lawyers, not a fiancé or girlfriend.

The sending of letters is also checked, checked and censored. Letters can only be written in English and Japanese. Prisoners must bear all costs and expenses for sending and sending the letter.

Depending on the prison, all prisoners work internally or externally for companies with government contracts. The remuneration is very low and is no more than cents per hour. Thankfully, there's a chance to see the outside.

Japanese prison meals

Japanese prison meals are limited according to a set calorie limit. There are only three meals a day with rice, vegetables and some meat or fish. Many lose weight in prison.

Those who have religious restrictions can apply for such regimes bureaucratically. Foreigners prefer to eat bread than rice for breakfast.

Good things in the Japanese prison

The focus is on vocational and formal education as well as teaching social values. Most of the convicts are involved in the work, for which a small bag is reserved for release.

Prisons in Japan have a system that emphasizes incentives. Inmates are first assigned to community cells and then given better rooms and additional privileges due to their good behavior.

Although some juvenile offenders are treated under the general criminal system, most are treated in separate juvenile schools. These institutions are more forgiving than prisons and offer correctional services and regular schooling.

Volunteers are also used in parole supervision, although professional probation officers generally supervise offenders who are at high risk of re-offending.

Problems in Japan's prisons

One of the biggest problems in Japan's prisons is the disease caused by the onset of winter. Many prisons are unheated and this causes a variety of health problems for a prisoner. There are also some health problems caused by sanitary conditions.

Japanese prisons are not only one of the most rigid in the world, they are also much stricter towards foreigners who are discriminated against and still cannot speak their mother tongue, only Japanese.

This rule is intended to prevent interference, e.g. B. planning to kill someone, flee, or rebel. If there were no such restriction, the guards would not have the ability to understand what was being discussed among the prisoners.

Many say that the rules and prisons in Japan are too strict, cruel, inhuman and draconian. It looks like the guards are ready to make your life hell. Does this treatment really help readjust the convict?

The Japanese prison system allows prisoners to undergo personal restructuring, but it depends on each individual. If prison laws exist, it is because some prisoners disobey. Some fight over TV shows, others even commit suicide.

Prisons in Japan x Prisons in Brazil

Some question the rigidity of Japanese prisons, but it was far worse. In the age of the absolute emperors, a Japanese prison was like a death camp that works slowly, like the North Korean camps or China's prisons.

Prisoners were tortured, sometimes to death, by prison inmates to serve as examples. When overcrowded, a prisoner was given the authority of the Chief of Saddle to kill other prisoners to make room. Today prisons in Japan are luxury hotels.

Although Brazil seems to have less rigid and good prisons for the discipline and recovery of those incarcerated, the reality is different from what was found. Many prisons in Brazil are without rules, full of violence, dirty and precarious.

The prison system in Brazil doesn't improve anyone enough to be called the School of Crime. So if you feel sorry for those arrested in Japan, you feel sorry for those arrested in Brazil, which is worse here. The only difference is that in Brazil not everyone goes to jail.

Curiosities about prisons in Japan

There are about 60 prisoners per 100,000 population in Japan, or about 75,000 total prisoners. A very low number compared to 1990 which was 47,000. One reason is the increase in the number of elderly people who commit crimes, intended to be arrested because of loneliness or poor financial conditions.

Children under 20 years of age are used for an educational correction. The number of young prisoners is much lower than that of adults, mainly because of the low crime rate. In Japan we can say: Young people are the future of our nation!

Volunteers are used to supervise persons on parole. Most of these volunteers are usually people over 50 or older.

Japan has 62 prisons, 7 juvenile prisons, 52 juvenile detention centers, 52 juvenile schools, 8 detention centers, 8 regional probation boards, and 50 probation offices.

Between 1990 and 2002, around 1,500 prisoners died under suspicious circumstances. Only 2 deaths were abuse-related, and another 10 deaths were due to nursing precarious doctors. The rest of the deaths have been declared unsuspecting.

There is a more severe punishment that involves sitting on your knees on the floor in front of a wall for hours or even days. Solitary confinement is also used. The most serious crimes have been executed in Japan since 1873.

Almost all prisoners work six days a week either in prison maintenance or as contract work for private companies.

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