The Directorate-General for Reinsertion and Prison Services (DGRSP) today confirmed the transfer of thirty-five inmates from various prisons on the mainland to Madeira’s prison, which is only 70% full.
In its press release, the DGRSP adds that the transferred inmates comprise of those who originated from Madeira, others who either expressed an interest in the transfer or were prisoners who have no visitors. All of whom will now serve the remainder of their sentences in Madeira.
A Portuguese Air Force Hercules C-130 was used to transport the detainees. On arrival in Madeira, the aircraft was parked in the easternmost area of Madeira Airport and as soon as the plane landed three vans and a minibus drove to the rear of the aircraft to collect the detainees. They were then driven in convoy to the prison and escorted by several PSP vehicles, including the Rapid Intervention Brigade (BIR).
The prisoners arrived at Madeira’s correction facility at 1:30 pm.
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