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Living quarters to be constructed at Mazaruni Prisons at a cost of almost $59M

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Close to 59 Million Dollars will be allocated for the construction of living quarters at the Mazaruni Prisons and according to Government, this is to ensure Guyana’s Prison System is on par with the international community.

This is according to State Minister, Joseph Harmon who was speaking at the post-cabinet press conference today.

Minister of State Joseph Harmon

“We are trying to make better accommodations in keeping with the standards that obtain all around  the world so the facilities that we provide for Guyanese, even though they are in prison, we still have to deal with them and treat them as proper human beings and therefore the conditions that we provide for them in these facilities, we are looking to upgrade these,” Harmon noted.

At the same time, the State Minister said the administration is also looking to strengthen security facilities. The intent, he noted is to relocate some of the long-term prisoners from Georgetown to the Mazaruni prisons.

In response to a question, Minister Harmon clarified that Sibley Hall is part of the Mazaruni prisons and is not a separate detention facility.

He alluded to a visit made last year by President David Granger and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who both recognized the need for the facility to be improved.

 

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