Emergency works ongoing at the Lusignan Prison- conditions to improve for over 500 prisoners in next  24 hours

DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Prisoners that are currently in the open area of the Lusignan Prison will have better facilities within the next 24 hours. This was stated by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan at a Press Conference today.

Minister Ramjattan said that despite being prisoners, human rights and international and national standards must be adhered to. The Minister explained that constructions works are ongoing, “We have a tarmac and (will be) putting up sheds with roofs and better washroom facilities so that they can be in better conditions.”

The Public Security Minister explained that the Infrastructure Ministry and contractors are doing the emergency works, which are expected to be completed by tomorrow midnight.

However, Minister Ramjattan stated that once the debris is removed from the Camp Street Prison some prisoners will be transferred back to the Camp Street ‘brick prison’. The minister explained that repairs are being carried out to the brick prison’s roof, the locking system, the kitchen area and the administration centre.

“The structure in the new brick prison that is standing there can accommodate another 250 prisoners, so from that 500 plus we will be shifting across to the new prison, the brick prison”, the Minister explained.

 

By: Gabreila Patram

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