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Jan 9, 2015

2014 Court Session ends with testimony of Prison Officer

Late this evening, the Supreme Court took a half hour session to practice for the upcoming opening of the Supreme Court set to commence on Monday which traditionally kicks off with a church service. But earlier in the afternoon, before Justice Troadio Gonzalez, the closing of the 2014 session of the Supreme Court concluded with the jail delivery which was sealed by the testimony of Prison Officer, Jarette Twist, who is in charge of the Processing Unit at the Belize Central Prison Department, Kolbe Foundation, Hattieville Prison. The figures presented show that the prison is bursting at its seams.  According to Twist, as of today, there are one thousand five hundred and forty five inmates at the Belize Central Prison; forty-four are females and one thousand five hundred and one are males. One hundred and seventy-two inmates are not Belizeans and are nationals from Cuba, Salvador, Nigeria, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, U.S., Tanzania, Dominican Republic, and Czech Republic.  Of the forty-eight minors present at the Wagner’s Youth Facility. The youngest male convicted is sixteen years old while the oldest convicted male is seventy-three years. The youngest convicted female is twenty years old and the oldest is fifty-six. Next week Thursday, the Supreme Court will hold bail hearings as way of assisting with the crowded situation at the Belize Central Prison.

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