The Ministry of Justice and Police has started the construction of a penitentiary facility in eastern Suriname, in the district of Marowijne. The construction of the establishment is in line with the idea of the public prosecutor to decentralize the judiciary in more areas than Paramaribo and Nickerie alone. Political advisor Georgine Acton in charge of the reorganization of the Prison Officer Corps (KPA) and coordinator of the Youth Correctional Center (JCC) project made a presentation on this subject on Thursday 11 February.
The presentation is a first step towards a project dossier and was organized for the Minister of Justice and Police, Kenneth Amoksi, the President of the National Assembly, Marinus Bee, the Chairman of the Standing Committee, Edgar Sampi and the director of operational service. ., Olton Helstone. At the end of the presentation, those present provided their comments and comments on issues that need to be explored.
Minister Amoksi says he is satisfied with the concept, because it is a good start. “A committee will be set up because this project is important. It is about decentralization, economic activities which will be developed, employment, in short a chain which one brings to the east ”, underlines the Minister. DNA President Marinus Bee thinks this is a bold move. He cites examples of the many drawbacks associated with serving a sentence outside the detainees’ area of origin. The Chairman of the Standing Committee
Edgar Sampi shares the same opinion that the presentation is a good start. He wishes to know more about the impact that the project could have on the whole area. Finally, the president of the ADN indicates that after obtaining more detailed information, he can better support the implementation of the project. It was agreed that Policy Advisor Acton will also make a presentation to the President of DNA and the Council of Ministers as part of the future approach of this project.