AJEM President Father Hadi Aya closes the door to their offices in Roumieh, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Plans to build a new wing for "high-risk" inmates at the country's largest prison came under fire Tuesday for not doing enough to separate serious criminals from inmates who had committed lesser offenses.Aya lead a news conference Tuesday from AJEM's branch facing the entrance to Roumieh prison where he praised Lebanon's Internal Security Forces but said a recent decision to build a new wing where high security prisoners would be kept, still in close proximity to minor offenders, was flawed.Aya maintained that a high security branch should be built in another location in order to ensure that "high risk" prisoners do not influence minor offenders.Inmates in Lebanese prisons like Roumieh are often free to roam sections of the facility where they interact with other prisoners. Lebanese prisons are notoriously overcrowded with Roumieh being the primary example.
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