No place for homosexuality in prisons - Erskine
Stabroek News
December 16, 2003

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Director of Prisons Dale Erskine says homosexuality is not tolerated in the prison system, though many of the persons who go into the prisons are homosexuals.

Erskine was at the time testifying before the Disciplined Forces Commission, which is reviewing the disciplined forces, including the prison services.

"Some are closet gays... some are open gays," he said of the prisoners and added that once they were known to the prison administration, they were segregated from the rest of the prison population.

Inmates found engaging in unnatural acts are prosecuted, in keeping with the administration's disposition towards homosexuality.

He said prisoners were recently prosecuted for the gang rape of another prisoner in the Mazaruni prison.

His comments come in the wake of an initiative by Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, to distribute condoms to prisoners so as to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS.