Looking at Van Der Sloot's Life in Prison

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 14, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Now you get the inside story on Joran van der Sloot's life behind bars. Van der Sloot's lawyer went "On the Record" in Peru.


VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you, sir, for talking to us.


VAN SUSTEREN: First of all, Castro Castro -- that's the prison where people are held here in Peru. Why is it called Castro Castro?

ALTEZ: They call Castro Castro because it's the name (INAUDIBLE) who got killed (ph), you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: And what is the prison like?

ALTEZ: It's a high-security prison, high-level security.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is it a terrible place to be if you have to be in prison, or is it -- I mean, all prisons are bad, but how bad is this one?

ALTEZ: It's about like the other prison in Peru. You know, it's a high-security prison, but it's not (INAUDIBLE) security in the prison for the people who are inside.

VAN SUSTEREN: Where's the courthouse?

ALTEZ: The courthouse is inside the prison.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is that unusual?

ALTEZ: Yes, all the prison in Peru, like Lurigancho and Castro Castro, got the prison -- got the courthouse inside the prison.

VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of the courthouse, when someone goes to trial, do you have a jury here in Peru?

ALTEZ: No. The system in Peru is totally different than USA, you know? We have no jury in Peru. We got just three judges who we call in Peru Bocales (ph). They -- they (INAUDIBLE) like a jury in the United States.

VAN SUSTEREN: If I get charged with a crime today -- let's say I get charged with murder. When would I expect to go to trial?

ALTEZ: Oh, this is -- that's long. At least -- can be at least two years.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why so long?

ALTEZ: It's just the way the system work in Peru, you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: Is it because the system is crowded and you can't get a court date, or is it because of motions and things that have to happen?

ALTEZ: Yes, the motion we're going to (INAUDIBLE) the way the trial hold (ph) Peru, you know? We take so long. (INAUDIBLE) it's overcrowded, the system in Peru.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you say overcrowded, let me ask you about the prison. How big is this prison? Is it...

ALTEZ: Oh, that prison is almost four or five (INAUDIBLE), you know? It's big. It's big, the prison.

VAN SUSTEREN: Overcrowded?

ALTEZ: It's overcrowded. The population is -- is big, you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: I assume that there's a general population in the prison and a solitary confinement?

ALTEZ: Yes, but I mean, solitary (INAUDIBLE) there are just a few people, you know? In this moment, Joran is in solitary confinement because this is a high-profile case. By in two or three months, he'll go with the population.

VAN SUSTEREN: A lot of people hate being in solitary confinement. They'd rather be in general population because it's so horrible just to be there alone. Is that like it here in this country, that the solitary confinement really is solitary?

ALTEZ: Yes, it's a tough place to be. But I think in two months, Joran (INAUDIBLE) the population. The population don't hate him. In Peru, the population hate all child molesters, you know? But I think he's no child molester. I think in prison, he will now be OK because he's a tough guy. He can be in prison with the population. I don't see problem with that.

VAN SUSTEREN: So do you think that he wants to be in general population or he wants to stay alone?

ALTEZ: He wants to be with the general population, you know?

VAN SUSTEREN: Is solitary really alone, or are in a room with less guys?

ALTEZ: No, it's a very tough place. It's by himself, totally alone.

VAN SUSTEREN: Anything like TV or any...

ALTEZ: No, no. There are no TV in the solitary.

VAN SUSTEREN: Just an empty room?

ALTEZ: No, not -- no -- it's empty room. (INAUDIBLE) just a bed.

VAN SUSTEREN: That's it?

ALTEZ: That's it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you get to leave periodically and do exercise in a yard or anything?

ALTEZ: Yes, they -- they -- you can -- two or three hours a day, you may exercise, yes, and all that stuff (ph).

VAN SUSTEREN: But I take it when you exercise, you also exercise alone. You don't go into the general population.

ALTEZ: No, he (INAUDIBLE) exercise alone.

VAN SUSTEREN: How about in terms of inside solitary confinement? There's a toilet facility?

ALTEZ: Yes, (INAUDIBLE) all that stuff (ph).

VAN SUSTEREN: So you don't have to leave your solitary to...

ALTEZ: No, no, no. The toilet (INAUDIBLE) inside his room.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, thank you very much for talking to us, sir.

ALTEZ: You're welcome.


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