Jul 15, 2017 News
The government has made public, the names of 57 prisoners that were granted early release in an attempt to reduce the population of displaced Camp Street inmates.
The list was issued to the media yesterday, one day after the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, had promised to.
The release of the names would also come days after several sections of the private sector would have requested that it be done.
The minister during a recent press conference hosted at his ministry, had also promised to release the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report into the deadly March 2016 fire, which caused the death of 17 inmates. That report has not been released as yet.
According to the Minister 57 prisoners were released using the ‘early release’ method. This relates to convicted criminals that only had about one week to a month left to serve on their sentence. He said that the persons were chosen based on recommendations from the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels.
Further, he said that 34 were released following the decision by Magistrates to grant bail to some inmates, or decrease bail amounts and releasing others on their own recognizance.
Ramjattan explained that 83 prisoners were transferred to the Mazaruni Prison, 90 to the New Amsterdam Prison and 48 were taken to Timehri.
The Minister reported that of the prisoners that remained in the fenced section of the Lusignan Prison, 151 were transferred to the interior of the Prison. He said that this leaves a little over 500 prisoners left in the fenced section.
The Minister said that efforts are being made to house a certain number at the Georgetown Prison location after rehabilitative works are done to the concrete prison block which remains standing.
As it relates to new offenders that are remanded, they will be taken to join the other prisoners at Lusignan.
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