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Posted by portugalpress on March 12, 2018

A draft resolution urging the government to move forward with decade-old plans to build a new prison establishment in São Bartolomeu de Messines has been presented in Parliament by Portugal’s communist party (PCP).

The proposal followed a number of visits by PCP MPs to the Algarve’s jails in Faro, Silves and Olhão, as well as startling data that shows that the Algarve is in need of 512 rooms for male inmates and 47 for female prisoners.

As the party points out, the construction of a new prison in the Algarve is included in an official government report about the Portuguese jail system released in September 2017.

It adds that land was purchased in the 1980s in the Silves parish of São Bartolomeu de Messines so that this prison could be built but the plan never moved forward.