Canaleta prison

Canaleta prison is a top-security Cuban prison located in the south side of Ciego de Avila city. It houses more than 3000 inmates and is the main jail of the province of Ciego de Avila.


Four wooden barracks were originally built in 1965, but with the increase of the population under Communist rule, the Castro government was forced to build a modern installation that contained a four-floor wing, a three-floor wing, and a single floor building which operates as a cafeteria.

International Press Freedom Award laureate Jesús Joel Díaz Hernández was imprisoned in Canaleta from 1999 to 2001 on charges of "social dangerousness" related to his reporting.[1][2]


  1. ^ Ann K. Cooper (3 February 1999). "Cuba Cracks Down on Independent Press". The Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  2. ^ "CPJ awardee granted asylum in the United States". IFEX. 29 March 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2012.