The director of Guatemala's Penitentiary System (SP in Spanish), Edy Morales, indicated that the design of the plans is currently being worked on, supported by the Law Enforcement Development Unit (NAS-LED). Construction is expected to begin in 2011 and finish two years later.
"The administration and financing of the works will be undertaken by an international group, the SP director indicated, saying that 'in order to avoid anomalies and ensure transparency it is best that they manage the project,' adding that in the longer term another prison is planned for Cantel, Quetzaltenango," reports Sigloxxi.com.
By the end of December the bidding for the new penitentiary center "Llobasco" should take place.
The project, worked on by the Ministry of Justice since early this year, will take place in an eight block area.
Irma Mejia, director of the Ministry of Justice, said the work could start in February 2011 when it receives the first part of the loan granted by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) for this project and other works.
This week, Congress will discuss the construction of a jail in San Pedro Sula and another in Comayagua.
In the next few days, the National Congress will begin debating on the authorization for the construction of prisons in San Pedro Sula and Comayagua, according to John Orlando Hernandez, president of the legislature.
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