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Funds sought for construction of more prisons

Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez has revealed that together with the Judicial Branch, his department is developing a series of initiatives to gradually reduce the overcrowding in prisons throughout the country. He spoke of a pilot program in which prosecutors and judges will visit the inmates and conduct preliminary hearings in the prisons to determine the legal status of each detainee and speed up the judicial process.

In an interview with Miguel Franjul, director of the Listin Diario, Rodríguez also said his office is looking at the possibilities of building new jails and modernizing the existing ones.

He also mentioned the use of new technology, including electronic tagging and other ways of keeping a permanent monitor on felons who had health issues and those who are considered of a minor flight risk.

Rodriguez said that he was working with the Executive Branch to obtain the necessary funds to build two new jails to replace La Victoria, which was built in 1952 to hold 1,000 people and currently has more than 9,000 inmates.

He commented two new jails, each with four modules holding 1,200 people each, would have capacity for 9,600 inmates. When these were built, La Victoria would be left with 1,200 inmates. Others would move to the new model for penitentiaries jails. He said among advances, a new pay scale for those working in jails had been put into place and some 250 new prison guards were appointed.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Nov 23, 2017

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