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Government appoints new directors for Praia and Sal islands prisons

Praia, Sep 24 (Inforpress) – The Government has appointed Agostinho Nascimento Correia to serve, on a service commission, as director of the Praia Central Prison, replacing Tomás Ferreira, according to the Official Gazette.

The same source also informed that the Government appointed Cláudio Gomes Tavares to exercise functions as director of the Regional Prison in Sal Island. In this line, the Ministry of Justice intends to give “new dynamics” to the prisons of the Country, by appointing prison security agents for the post of director.

The first Prison Census conducted in 2018, by the National Statistics Institute (INE), made it known that 1.567 prisoners in the country’s prisons, the majority of whom are men and were arrested for crimes of theft.

However, the vast majority of prisoners (1.112) are concentrated in the Central Prison of Praia, of which only 35 are women. In terms of nationality, the largest percentage of prisoners are Cabo Verdean, ie 92.8 percent (%) equivalent to 1.454 people, 4.5% (70) have dual nationality, and 2.4% (38) are foreigners.

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