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     Prisoners in Guyana reach “gentleman’s agreement” with government.

March 8, 2016
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After days of protests by prisoners at Guyana’s main jail, an agreement has been reached on steps to improve conditions at the penal institution.

 

The protests left 17 inmates dead.

 

Inmates at the Camp Street Prison will be allowed to call their families more regularly, the quality of their meals will be improved, and efforts will be made to reduce periods of remand.

 

The latest period of unrest began last Wednesday, after a search uncovered cellphones and drugs.

 

Prisoners set nine fires which were extinguished before getting out of control, but the disturbance was reignited the following morning, as some prisoners were being moved from one part of the jail to another.

 

They set a fire that damaged part of the compound and resulted in 16 of them perishing there and the 17th passing away at the hospital after suffering burns to most of his body.

 

Several other prisoners were also injured.

 

A Commission of Inquiry has been launched to look into the circumstances that led to the disturbances at the prison, report the findings and conclusions to the Minister of Public Security and make recommendations on any action that should be taken to avoid a recurrence.

 

By: G987s Chris Hayles.

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