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Prison population being reduced; prisoners unaccounted for

Soldiers guarding the wall behind which most of the 1,000 inmates from the Georgetown Prison have been relocated temporarily.

More than 180 of the just over 1,000 prisoners, who have been dislocated by a fire at the Georgetown Prison, were Monday sent to other prisons, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said.

Samuels said 188 inmates, including those sent on their own recognisance by magistrates, were removed from the Lusignan holding facility and the exercise would continue on Tuesday.

Demerara Waves Online News was told by other sources that 150 inmates were expected to be transported to the Mazaruni Prison.

Samuels said the count of the number of inmates has since been revised downward from the first number of 1,018, but he declined to say what is the new figure. “No, I will not disclose to you how much I am not accounting for, It’s not many,” he told Demerara Waves Online News. Of the 1,018 inmates originally mentioned, five have escaped from custody.

Fire fighters were up to Monday afternoon combing the debris at the Georgetown Prison to ascertain whether anyone perished by burning.

Several magistrates visited the Lusignan Prison to allow a number of inmates on bail for non-violent offences to leave on their own recognisance. Authorities were also expected to consider releasing a number of inmates before the end of their sentences because they have been behaving very good.

Relatives at the police barricade demanding that they be allowed to see the inmates.

Authorities said the five escaped while police and prison guards  were distracted by fires that those inmates had set to the decades-old wooden buildings that had made up the prison complex.

The Director of Prisons suggested that a tense calm prevailed over the Lusignan holding area that is essentially a vacant grassland that is secured by a 15-foot tall fence and barbed wire. “It is more calm than volatile. The fact that anybody is displaced it will have some setbacks. They are cooperating with us,” he said.

Earlier Monday, one gunshot rang out and prison guards, police and soldiers were seen scampering to an area where an inmate had been seen attempting to scale the fence.

Many of the prisoners from the Georgetown jail were transported by truck, under heavy guard, to the Lusignan facility.

The Civil Defence Commission has since been activated and has been providing emergency supplies of water, food, sheds and other items.

  • Col123

    Wow… that piece of access road to the golf course at Lusignan looks free from garbage and potholes. Good job by the community and our government!

    • eddie

      what’s your handicap

      • Col123

        Fifteen…my best score is usually 80-85 on home course…Yours?

        • eddie

          i Am a big sport fan LOLLL never played the game unless you counting Wii games and even there i have my arse handed to me by 11 yr

          • Col123

            I am self taught by looking at you tube…It was the best recreational activity I took up upon retirement….you can play it alone ..but also in groups…it takes 4-5 hours of my day and I walk the course ..over 4 miles …great way to have a drink with friends and spend four -five hours outdoors!…and there is lavish coconuts on the course!

          • eddie

            hope I have the privilege of that when I do retire, I would go ape on the sky juice (coconut water) 🙂

          • Col123

            You can hand pick those coconuts on the course I play…. and these white folks don’t touch it..

  • Col123

    Hey second coming dude…would you like to step in one of those Magistrate shoes for a day?… These folks are state licensed to practice their profession…they have to follow protocol and the letter of the laws…Why on earth would you try to narrate filth like feddie?

  • Watching On…

    Question…why are they releasing people on bail when an investigation into the planning and execution of the jail break and fire is still in it’s infancy????