Cabinet members granted their No Objection for capital works to be done on a new Prison Block also referred to as phase three of the construction of the flat structure, to the tune of $52.8 million.
Additionally, $26. 2 million was approved and will go towards the construction of a Trade Shop at the facility.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, this project is aimed at providing better accommodation facilities for prisoners in keeping with the Ministry’s policy of having a secure environment for prisoners while at the same time protecting the Human Rights of the prisoners.
Other works to be done in this phase of the construction will include the erection of a security fence.
“It is envisaged that at the end of the project, the Trade Shop will house a carpentry shop, a mechanic shop, a joinery shop and facilities for barbering and sewing,” the Ministry explained in a statement.
It was observed that this project forms a part of the thrust of Ministry of Home Affairs and the Guyana Prison Service to place more focus on the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners.