US Plans to Build Two Prisons in Haiti’s Provinces

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government plans to build two prisons in Haiti’s countryside in an effort to stem severe overcrowding, disease and violence in the poor Caribbean nation’s prison system, a U.S. official said Friday.

Carl Siebentritt, director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that a prison will be built in each of the coastal towns of Petit Goave and Cabaret.

The project is part of a larger effort by foreign governments and aid groups to improve conditions in Haiti’s prisons, which have been described as some of the world’s worst.

“I’m very grateful some assistance is being delivered to the prison program,” [Dr. John]May said. “Prisoners are often forgotten.”

Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/16/us_plans_to_build_2_prisons_in_haitis_provinces/

 

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