Tender for Prisons in Guatemala

An announced has been made for five prisons with technology in access points, X-rays, biometric identification, and molecular analyzers for drugs, explosives and weapons.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The project announced by Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla is part of the modernization of the prison system.

"Our prisons are overcrowded, and so we have conducted a classification of inmates in order to determine who should be in high security prisons, especially now that we are successfully demolishing large structures", said Lopez, who announced that this week work will be done on a tender process for to award the implementation of changes in 22 prisons.

One of the centers to be built, will be supported by the Government of Taiwan. This center will have machinery and workshops for inmates.

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Guatemala Cancels Large Scale Prisons Project

July 2013

Instead plans are underway for the acquisition and installation of high security modules in different parts of the country in order to ease current overcrowding.

It will be the next government who will make the decision to build, the Interior Ministry will leave in place the plans and designs for the prison infrastructure.

Guatemala: More Tenders for Prisons

October 2012

Following the award of contracts to build 900 modules and expand and remodel 22 prisons, new bidding processes for additional prisons were announced.

An article in AGN reports that "The Guatemala ministry of Interior is to invest Q543,169,775 [$ 69 million] in the expansion and renovation of prisons.

Honduras: Progress on Prison Projects

March 2012

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.

Guatemala to Build a Maximum Security Prison

January 2012

The project, which is in the planning stage, is for accommodation for about a thousand prisoners.

The overpopulation seen in various jails around the country has forced the authorities to seek options to address the problem. Currently, among the Ministry of Interior’s plans is the construction of a maximum security prison.

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