The issue: Every person has the right to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty. However, the opposite happened when Mr. Patrick Hundley was arrested and thrown in a Costa Rican prison without evidence under the concept of Preventia (preventive detention). It was as if he had been found guilty in a trial, but there was no trial.
He was arrested under false pretenses, he was not presented any evidence, he was not given a hearing on the facts of the case and he was assigned an unlawfully high bail. This abuse of law through Preventia is an injustice and a violation of human rights.
During his 6 months in prison, Mr. Hundley had two options to get out of prison: agree to the demands of a business partner or post an unreasonable bail.
Pat Hundley would now like to bring attention to and hopefully change the Costa Rica systems that allow these injustices to occur.
US Details Multiple Costa Rican Human Rights Violations in Prisons and Judicial System
June 26, 2014
The US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor issued a scathing report on Costa Rica's judicial system for the 2013 year. The US bureau noted that Costa Rica was violating human rights in the areas of harsh prison conditions, harsh treatment of inmates, and delays in the judicial process. The report also says: 'Overcrowding, inadequate sanitation, difficulties obtaining medical care, and violence among prisoners remained serious problems in some prison facilities. Security and administrative staffing was insufficient to care for the needs of prisoners, including personal safety‘ says the report'. See the full report here: US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.