January 17, 2021

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Transfers of United States prisoners to Guaynabo federal prison are suspended

The transfers of inmates from the United States to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo (MDC) are suspended, reported today the Presiding Judge of the United States Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Gustavo Gelpí .

"It was agreed that no more federal prisoners will be transferred to MDC Guaynabo in PR until the federal court so requests," Judge Gelpí said in written statements.

"This is an achievement for both the federal court. , federal prosecutor, the federal bailiff and MDC Guaynabo. Likewise, it allows everyone, including the federal public defender, to focus on moving cases effectively by VTC (videoconference) during the pandemic, "added Gelpí, who last week had advocated that no more prisoners be received from the United States in this period. of pandemic ..

In mid-July, information about the transfer of 54 inmates from United States prisons to Puerto Rico was disclosed. Of the 54 inmates, seven tested positive for COVID-19. Upon hearing the news, Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón complained to the federal government about the lack of coordination with local federal authorities.

Until last week, the total number of positive cases for COVID-19 in the Guaynabo federal prison were of 12. “We are still waiting for the molecular results of other prisoners who arrived at MDC from the continent. So far a few more positive ones. Results coming slowly, "said Gelpí.

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