Bids sought for two new prisons

The justice ministry said Tuesday that it sees construction firms to build two new prisons. One will be in Pococi and the other in San Rafael de Alajuela.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz was responding to criticism over its plans to release convicts who had not completed their assigned terms.

The ministry said that bids would be received until Nov. 25. The  Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo is putting up most of the money, so bidders have to follow the bank’s rules.

Each is a $20 million job designed to house 1,152 prisoners. Another, smaller project for Nicoya will be announced soon, the ministry said.

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