US plans to build 2 prisons in Haiti's provinces

New prisons to relieve overcrowding

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The U.S. government is planning to build two prisons in Haiti's countryside that will cost up to $10 million.

Carl Siebentritt is director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. He says the State Department will build a prison in each of the coastal towns of Petit Goave and Cabaret as part of an effort to reduce overcrowding in Haiti's prison system.

The penitentiary in Petit Goave will replace one destroyed in 2004 following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Since then more than 100 inmates have been held in a police station.

The prison in Cabaret will house women and help relieve crowding at a women's prison in the Port-au-Prince area.

Siebentritt made the announcement in an email Friday night to The Associated Press.

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