The Director Colombia’s prison authority said Tuesday he will resign amid turmoil and overcrowding in the prison system.
Colombian radio station La W reported that Gustavo Ricaurte Tapia will stay in office until December 9th as the head of the institution.
Justice minister Ruth Stella Correa will have to decide on a replacement within the coming days.
INPEC has faced criticism recently over the apparent overcrowding of 142 prisons in Colombia, sometimes reaching up to 400% over their maximum capacity.
The institution also faced embarrassment over news that two ex?paramilitary prisoners en route to a court hearing used INPEC transport to visit relatives in a nearby town.