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Puerto Rico proposes transporting 3,200 inmates to prisons on U.S. mainland

Puerto Rican prisoners could be transferred to U.S. prisons. Photo: Reuters

Puerto Rican prisoners could be transferred to U.S. prisons.  Photo: Reuters

San Juan, August 13 (RHC)-- Puerto Rico is planning to transport 3,200 prisoners to private prisons on the U.S. mainland, thousands of miles away from their families on the island.  The proposal is part of a slew of austerity measures being pushed by Puerto Rico’s unelected fiscal control board in the wake of Hurricane Maria. 

Officials say the plan will save Puerto Rico $400 million over four years.  But prisoners are opposed to the plan, saying it will make it next to impossible for them to receive visits from their family members. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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