Guatemala to Build Prison in Escuintla

The $8 million construction of the 'maximum security' facility in Escuintla is scheduled to begin in 2011.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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

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Honduras: Penitentiary Construction in Choloma Ruled Out

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortes and representatives of companies based in the area had expressed concern at having a jail facility in the area.

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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.

Guatemala to Build $8 Million Prison

May 2010

The Government wants the complex to be inaugurated before the end of its mandate.

Minister Carlos Menocal reported they are currently looking for suitable locations to build the prison, which will feature the highest international security standards, he added.

“It will become the most secure penitentiary in the country, topping Fraijanes II, the current highest security prison in Guatemala”, reported

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