Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez celebrates La Nueva Victoria; Roberto Santana calls the construction “a disaster”


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Feb 20, 2019

President Danilo Medina was at La Nueva Victoria for the inauguration of the first facilities at the jail that is planned for 8,000 inmates. The jail is to replace the La Victoria jail, the largest in the country, with upwards of 9,000 inmates

The Attorney General Office built the jail using funds from Odebrecht. In 2017, the Attorney General negotiated a deal not to prosecute Odebrecht officials in the country after the Brazilian construction company had admitted paying US$92 million in bribes in the Dominican Republic to expedite contract work. A first payment of US$30 million on the deal was recieved in 2017. It is not clear whether other payments of the US$184 million deal have been received.

Roberto Santana, former director of the New Model National Penitentiary Program, and a well known Latin American consultant on jails, lamented that despite...
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