Guatemala: Prison Projects for $64 million

A project to build prisons in Jutiapa, Guatemala, Santa Rosa and Escuintla is waiting for congressional approval and budget allocation.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Ministry of Government in Guatemala has already completed the plans and the projects for the construction of four new prisons. The Planning Department reported that the sum needed is $64.6 million (about Q500 million) in order to start pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies and early construction work. However, the amount estimated to complete construction, according to information given to El Periódico by the Technical Secretariat of the National Security Council (CNS), will be about $232.5 million.

"... These prisons would be located in the departments of Jutiapa, Guatemala, and Santa Rosa, in the form of preventive maximum security for men and women, and the fourth in Escuintla, for enforcing sentences. According to projections, the largest prison will be in Escuintla, where it will house at least 1,500 men and 800 women," noted the publication on

Now the proposed budget increase for the execution of the works depends on Congress, which must receive allocation of resources from the Ministry of Finance.

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