e) Testimony of Jorge Daniel Toledo, former inmate at the Center The witness was an inmate at the Center; he was never examined by either a physician or a dentist. It was not until sometime later that he was assisted by legal counsel. The Center was a “horror” and no place for children.
The guards treated him well. While it is true that they say that they took inmates to the cellar to beat them with their batons, he can’t be certain because they never touched him. For two hours every day he was able to go into the patio. He also had visits and a mattress. The food was good. He smoked cigarettes and marijuana. The time he spent at the Center only made him worse than he had been before.
He was asleep when the fire started. The inmates got out because the lock somehow opened on its own. There was no fire extinguisher. The guards were slow to go the victims’ aid and did so only when the firefighters arrived. Some of his friends died trying to save others. The inmate who set the fire is free. The witness does not want to remember the fire.
He would like to study, as he only managed to learn to read. He was eventually released but was sent back with a three-year sentence. By now he has served three years and three months and has still not been released.