Guatemala: $10 million Investment in Maximum Security Prison

Taiwan's government has pledged to invest in the construction of a maximum security prison next year.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The announcement was released after a meeting of the elected president, Otto Perez Molina with the Ambassador of Taiwan in Guatemala.

Prensalibre.com quoted Otto Perez Molina who said: "The agenda of cooperation with the Republic of Taiwan is broad ranging. We are talking about maintaining the support received by the country for the Ministries of Communications and Agriculture, as well as the security issue."

For its part, the ambassador reiterated that his government will continue building the second phase of the road from El Rancho to the capital.

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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.

$ 9 Million to Build Prison in Guatemala

January 2011

The Government presented the draft of the new maximum security prison to be built with a donation from the Government of Taiwan.

Nery Morales, Interior Ministry spokesman said that they have not yet identified the property where it will be built, but are managing two options. He added that they are awaiting a U.S. architect specialized in these types of constructions.

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.

Costa Rica: $20 million to Expand Prison

March 2015

The Ministry of Justice has announced that it will invest $20 million to expand La Reforma prison and another $187 million in seven new prisons.

The works to La Reforma prison consist of construction of an additional 24 modules, while seven new prisons will be financed with a $132 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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