More resources needed to expand prisoners’ reintegration programme – Prisons Director

first_imgDirector of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels believes that despite several programmes have been conducted to reintegrate prisoners into society, the process is not at the desired level.Director of Prisons,Gladwin SamuelsSpeaking with Guyana Times, Samuels explained that the reintegration programme is progressing as it should with effective training and opportunities being granted to prisoners who will soon be released back into society.As such, he posited that once more resources are provided, the Prison Service can offer more to a larger number of prisoners who fit the criteria for exposure into the relevant programmes.“All of that is happening but it is not happening at the level that it should because our focus is on having staff deployed to the prisons’ locations. But at those out flung areas, Mazaruni, Timehri and so on those are still activities there that persons are involved in. It is going well.”He further stated that some of the prisoners who earn a payment are being allowed to assist their family members in taking care of their necessary expenses.“Come September, a number of those persons who are working would have to assist their children in going back to school. This would be done from them earning some monies while in prison. Which some people on the road are not doing.”Additionally, he stated that the programme will provide the inmates with the necessary skills to find employment when they are released. This is expected to have an impact on them becoming repeat offenders.Last year, the final report of the study of inmates in Guyana was released and showed the rate of recidivism in Guyana is lower than that of many developed countries.He had described the findings as evidence that the local approach to rehabilitation of prisoners is working.“What I am happy about based on the findings submitted, is that while recidivism is something we have been working to reduce in Guyana, this study would have revealed that our recidivism rate is way below many developed countries in the world. This points to the fact that our rehabilitative programmes are serving the purpose in terms of preparing prisoners with life skills that will allow them to better reintegrate into society,” Samuels had said.Further, Samuels at that time had explained that through the survey conducted, the authorities were better informed and policies have been derived to improve the delivery of service [to inmates]. He had also assured that the report’s findings will be meaningfully utilised to develop existing programmes and craft new ones for inmates’ rehabilitation.“The Guyana Prison Service has as one of its main mandates, the rehabilitation of offenders, in order to prepare them for reentry into society. [It] is something that we have been paying attention to despite the fact [that] we recognise the need for us to improve in terms of the number of persons we capture. Efforts are continuously being made in order to do so”, the acting Director of Prisons added.last_img read more

Mexico hunts drug kingpin probes prison guards

first_imgMEXICO CITY, Mexico — Mexican security forces scrambled Monday to save face and recapture drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as authorities investigated whether guards helped him escape prisonthrough a tunnel under his cell.For the second time in 14 years the head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel managed to flee a maximum-security prison, dealing an embarrassing setback to President Enrique Peña Nieto.Troops and police were deployed to hunt down Guzmán after he vanished late Saturday from the Altiplano prison 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of Mexico City, after just 17 months behind bars.Prosecutors questioned 30 prison employees of various rank, including the warden, the attorney general’s office said, signaling suspicions of an inside job.The guards in charge of the capo’s cell and those who monitored the surveillance cameras that look into the room were among those interrogated, an official in the attorney general’s office said.Authorities had already investigated a strange prison visit to Guzmán in March when a woman managed to see him by using a fake ID to enter the jail.On a state visit to Paris, Peña Nieto said Guzmán’s escape was “an affront to the state” and demanded an investigation into whether prison guards helped him.Guzmán, 58, who nurtured a Robin Hood image in his northwestern state of Sinaloa while running the most powerful and one of the most ruthless cartels in Mexico, was able to slip out even though surveillance cameras were trained on his cell.He went into his private shower and after he failed to come out guards found a hole 10 meters (33 feet) deep with a ladder in it.The gap led to a 1.5-kilometer tunnel with a ventilation and light system that was apparently dug with the help of a motorcycle mounted on a rail to transport tools and remove earth.The sophisticated tunnel led to a gray brick building on a hill surrounded by pastures in central Mexico State.Prosecutors released a video showing the hole inside the building’s dirt-covered floor. A bed and kitchen were in the facility, indicating that people had lived there.Against the clockAs investigators tried to figure out how Guzmán busted out again, police and troops manned checkpoints and searched cars and trucks on nearby roads.Mike Vigil, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) international operations chief, warned that if Guzmán is not captured in the next day or so he will vanish for good.“If he is able to make his way to Sinaloa, his native state, and gets into that mountainous range, it’s going to be very difficult to capture him because he enjoys the protection of local villagers,” Vigil told AFP.Recommended: How do ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s kids live? Follow them on TwitterSeveral states, including Sinaloa, set up checkpoints. Central Puebla state said it was using X-ray technology at toll booths to see through cars.Troops in Guatemala launched a special operation at the border with Mexico. It was in that country that Guzmán was first arrested in 1993.Guzmán’s first escape was in 2001, when he slipped past authorities by hiding in a laundry cart in western Jalisco state.Marines recaptured him in February 2014 in a pre-dawn raid in a condo in Mazatlán, a Pacific resort in Sinaloa state, with the DEA’s help.He was then jailed at Altiplano, which houses several other infamous drug capos captured during Peña Nieto’s administration.Peña Nieto setbackGuzmán’s second escape overshadowed Peña Nieto’s visit to France.The government has won praise for capturing a slew of kingpins and Guzmán, a diminutive but feared man whose nickname means “Shorty,” was the president’s biggest trophy.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she shared Mexico’s “concern” and offered help for his “swift recapture.”Some U.S. prosecutors wanted to ask for his extradition following last year’s arrest, but Mexican officials insisted on trying him first.“This leads to a big problem with the U.S. government because they asked (for an extradition) and the Mexican government did not deliver him, claiming that he could be held in one of the country’s maximum-security prisons,” said Raúl Benítez Manaut, security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Facebook Comments Related posts:How do ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s kids live? Follow them on Twitter World’s top drug trafficker, ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán arrested in Mexico Adiós, El Chapo Mexico captures fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, says President Peña Nietolast_img read more