Work Starts on “The New Jewel” Prison Complex PTY

Work Starts on “The New Jewel” Prison Complex

Saturday, July 03 2010 @ 04:22 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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Another step forward. Yesterday there was a ceremony to mark the start of the construction of a new Prison Complex that will be known as “La Nueva Joya” (The New Jewel.) In 36 months, more than 5,500 prisoners will be moving into the new facilities, according to Public Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, which will be a decent and comfortable structure and not “sheds to store people” as we have now. After the Cabinet Council approved the signing of the contract for this project on 9 June 2010, the Colombian company UM Panamá was chosen to build the new facility.
Ramon Alvarez, the representative of the consortium UM Panama, said the cells would have triple locks, and that the pavilions would be under the watchful eye of the guards. He also said the new facility would have the highest safety standards and would incorporate the latest technologies developed for use in prisons. He added that this facility would also play a role in the area of rehabilitation, since within the prison buildings they will build workshops, recreational facilities, and training facilities for the inmates chosen to participate in renewal programs. The representative of the consortium said the project will begin with an intervening stage during which the Panamanian authorities will fully supervise each of the instruments that will be included in the project, and during construction of the structures inspections of the project will be completed.

Some 650 people will work on the construction of this project, and it is expected that the first phase will be ready to receive inmates within about 18 months. This company has been involved in the building of more than four prisons in Colombia. COST – The cost of the project is more than $155 million dollars. The complex will cover more than 30 hectares of land. (Dia a Dia)

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