Guerrero Correctional Institution

The Guerrero Correctional Institution (Institución Correccional Guerrero) is a prison for men located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, owned and operated by the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. With a stated capacity of 944 inmates, it's among the three largest prisons in the territory.[1]

Guerrero Correctional Institution
LocationCarr. #2 Int. 466 Bo. Guerrero
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Statusopen
Security classminimum, medium
Capacity944
Opened1986
Managed byPuerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The facility was first opened in 1986 as a Community Therapy mental health unit (Comunidad Terapéutica de Guerrero) of the Puerto Rico Department of Health. It became a correctional facility in March 1997. As of 2008 about a third of its inmates were pre-trial detainees, and the others were serving longer sentences at minimum security. [2]

From 2002 to 2008, some 53 Guerrero inmates died inside the institution, all but one of them pre-trial detainees, and 73% of them within their first week behind bars. An extensive report by the ACLU of Puerto Rico blamed the abuse of a horse tranquilizer, Xylazine, among inmates, and lack of appropriate medical attention and lack of accountability among prison officials.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Localizaciones". Puerto Rico Departamento de Corrección y Rehabilitación. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ "INVESTIGACIÓN SOBRE LAS MUERTES DE CONFINADOS EN LA INSTITUCIÓN CORRECCIONAL GUERRERO" (PDF). ACLU Puerto Rico. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Melia, Mike (5 August 2010). "ACLU probes prisoner deaths in Puerto Rico". Boston.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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Coordinates: 18°28′11″N 67°04′01″W / 18.469723°N 67.066944°W / 18.469723; -67.066944