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Puerto Rico Money Woes Threaten Meals for 12,500 Prison Inmates

SAN JUAN – The supply of food for nearly 12,500 inmates in Puerto Rico’s 37 prisons could be interrupted if the island’s cash-strapped government does not reach a payment arrangement with the provider.

The secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Einar Ramos Lopez, told EFE the Puerto Rican government owes Trinity Services Group $12 million.

Of that total, the government has already paid $2 million and Finance Secretary Juan Zaragoza has promised to pay an additional $1 million on Friday, Ramos said.

The Finance Department “is working with them (Trinity) and the service will be normal,” Ramos said. “That, at least, is the commitment from Finance.”

“All of this worries me, because it is (about) 12,000 human beings. But the problem is almost fixed and I hope by tomorrow it will be solved,” the prisons chief said.

Ramos said that Zaragoza and Trinity – providing food to Puerto Rico’s prisons since 2011 – held talks this week to schedule payments “and we understand that this will help with the situation.”

 

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