Expats sometimes ask why prison inmates are not out on the highways making repairs and picking up trash. They envision a southern U.S. chain gang.
Costa Ricans with a deep desire for rehabilitation and respect for human rights probably would never do that in a wholesale fashion, but working around the prison seems to be acceptable.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes has struck a deal with officials at the Calle Real prison in Liberia. Under the arrangement trusted prisoners will work in repairing the road to the prison.
The ministry said that they would resurface the road, but the last time a reporter visited the road was a long, gravel one.
The ministry said that this is a pilot project that is designed to give inmates work options. The concept might be extended.