More jail space now available at facility in Liberia

The central government said that 192 new spaces have been made available at the Centro de Atención Institutional Calle Real Liberia.

Alfio Piva Mesén, first vice president, and two ministers inaugurated the facility Friday. In 12 months, the government has opened up 1,014 new spaces in prisons, said Hernando Paris, minister of Justicia.

President Laura Chinchilla promised 3,000 new prison spaces in her election campaign, Paris said, and he said that the government would meet that goal.

Already $12 million has been invested, he said.

The spaces in Liberia are not individual cells but bunks in group facilities. Judges frequently are influenced by the lack of jail space when they decline to incarcerate suspects.

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