FORT LIBERTE, Nord-Est, HT (sentinel.ht) – Haiti opened a new 2,850 square meter state-of-the-art prison in the North-East town of Fort-Liberté on Wednesday.
The Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, Brian Shukan, proceeded to the inauguration of the new Fort-Liberté prison. The US government, through the Bureau of International Narcotics Affairs and Enforcement (INL), in partnership with the Haitian government, worked for the realization of this prison which extends over an area of 2,852 meters square in Fort-Liberté.
According to a statement from the US Embassy, the building corresponds to the international standards. It is equipped with an electrification system consists of solar panels and inverters, and has a system enabling it to source independently drinking water. It represents much more than a holding space for prisoners. It provides a secure and humane environment conducive to rehabilitation and reintegration, including spaces for vocational training, large areas of land to practice agriculture, and land for sport.
This construction between the part of the US government’s program to strengthen the National Police of Haiti (PNH), to support the judicial system in Haiti, particularly in the fight against preventive detention, and to support efforts to ensure the rights of all citizens.
in his speech for the occasion, charge d’Affaires Brian Shukan welcomed the collaboration that led to the realization of this prison, while taking up the words of Nelson Mandela to emphasize the importance of the commitment of the Government US to support the construction of modern prisons throughout Haiti. According to Shukan “Nobody can claim to really know a nation, unless you have seen inside its prisons. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its most prominent citizens, but its poorest citizens. ”
Construction of the new center of Fort-Liberté detention cost about eight (8) million US and were executed by the DFS construction firm. Prison can accommodate between 500 and 600 prisoners.
On 28 January 2016, the US government opened a new prison for women in Cabaret.
The opening ceremony was attended by several senior figures including Minister of Haiti of Justice, Camille Edward Jr., the Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Michel-Ange Gédéon, the Head of the Penitentiary System in Haiti Jean Gardy Muscadin, the Mayor of Fort-Liberté, Louis Jacques Etienne and other representatives of the US Embassy, the Haitian Government, MINUSTAH and Fort Liberté community.