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Guyana looks to reduce prison population; assist youths, mentally ill and substance abusers

Guyana is examining ways of reducing the prison population and creating opportunities for accused while they await trial, the Ministry of Public Security said  Wednesday. Consultant, Senior Counsel Peter Pursglove, who has been hired by government and the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Citizen Security Strengthening Programme, is currently holding a series of consultations from July 24- 28 to gather data ...

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“Rogue elements” cause thousands to go without phone, internet services; govt says no licensing of “warped” competitors

Government and the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Tuesday said rogue elements have been sabotaging that telecoms provider’s fibre optic cable , resulting in at least 200,000 subscribers having to go without cell, land and internet services. “It’s somebody that definitely has a strong motive to attempt to degrade our service,” Chief Executive Officer of GTT, Justin Nedd ...

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Trinidadian arrested for fatal road accident

A Trinidad and Tobago national has been detained following a fatal accident which occurred last night on the Lovely Lass Public Road, West Coast Berbice which resulted in the death of a 23-year-old pedal cyclist from # 29 Village, West Coast Berbice, police said Tuesday. Police do not release the names of accused persons unless they are charged. “Investigation revealed ...

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More unrest at Georgetown Prison, as wardens bid farewell to slain prison officer

Even as Guyana Prison Service wardens were Tuesday preparing to bid farewell to Prison Officer, Odinga Wain Wickham who was killed during the violent unrest at the Camp Street jail earlier this month, their colleagues and other members of the security forces were busy quelling another disturbance by several inmates. Fire fighters arrived on the scene and soldiers armed with assault ...

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Alleged assassination plot unbelievable, says Crime Chief after verbal battle with Commissioner of Inquiry

The Head of Criminal Investigations Department at the Guyana Police Force, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum  on Monday said an alleged plot to kill President David Granger was impossible to believe, but not before the Crime Chief and the Commissioner of Inquiry, Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Slowe engaged in a heated verbal battle. “I would say with the greatest amount ...

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Update: Seven escapees recaptured

Seven of the 13 prisoners, who escaped from the swampy area of the Lusignan Prison, were Monday evening recaptured, Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, police said. They are Winston Long and Teshawn Mc Kenzie were caught after 8PM at the Berbice Car Park, Georgetown. Police later reported that Jason Howard was caught somewhere in Georgetown and Jamal Joseph was held ...

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Police release photos of 13 prison escapees

The Joint Services have intensified efforts to apprehend a total of seventeen prisoners, following the escape last evening of an additional 13, from the open holding area at the Lusignan Prison, government’s Department of Public Information and the Guyana Police Force reported. The 13 fugitives, burrowed their way out of the holding area via a 5 ft deep tunnel. The ...

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Remaining high-risk prisoners being relocated to Georgetown ‘brick’ Prison, after 13 escape

After 13 inmates escaped from the walled swampy area at the Lusignan Prison in what Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said was an “embarrassing” situation for him, the remaining 86 were Monday afternoon being transferred to the brick prison, the lone remaining building at the Georgetown Prison complex. “The prisoners, as I speak, are being relocated. There is now need ...

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13 “real bad” prisoners escape from Lusignan Prison

Thirteen prisoners from the swamped area of the Lusignan Prison have escaped, police said. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum confirmed tbe escape. Another police source said the prisoners dug a hole and fled the highly walled area. Heavily armed police and soldiers had been deployed around that East Coast Demerara ...

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