Guyana Proposes Measures To Deal With Prison Overcrowding

In prison abuse on June 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

In his feature address before the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services conference held in Guyana from June 9 to June 13, 2008 Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee stated that the matter of overcrowding is one of the greatest challenges for prisons administrations, not only in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean but further afield.

Rohee noted that breaches in security, the fast spread of communicable diseases, high level of stress among the prison population as well as difficulties in effective management by prison administration were some of the results of overcrowding.

He told the gathering that some prisons in the United States had taken the initiative to release a few of a certain class of inmates as a means to reducing the prison population.

CURB is aware that, at present, the California prison system is being sued as a result of overcrowding and the collateral consequences to inmates. On Friday 27th June, 2008 judges hearing the case said they would go ahead with a trial to determine whether overcrowding is the primary cause of unconstitutionally poor medical and mental healthcare in the state’s 33 prisons.

International Research shows that both physical and sexual violence in prisons flourish in the atmosphere of over-crowding.

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