Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño Signs New Security Measures

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - June 26, 2012

Above: the Jose Toledo Federal Building in San Juan

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño has signed several measures aimed at improving security in Puerto Rico.

The first provides the elements necessary to revoke bail for those charged with violent crimes such as murder, rape or burglary when they violate conditions imposed by the court or commit new crimes while on bail.

“Maintaining custody of a defendant who represents a risk helps to protect the community,” he said.

Another measure expands the requirements for defendants on bail with conditions on participation in judicial proceedings, such as meeting a drug test or surrendering one’s passport.

According to Puerto Rico’s Office of Pretrial Services, during the past three years, more than 800 persons accused of crimes that were released on bail violated some of the conditions of their release or committed a new offence.

Fortuño also signed a measure that entitles correctional officers and law enforcement officials to immediately arrest offenders on probation who violate the conditions of their probation.

“We must respond immediately and to the full extent of the law against anyone who endangers the safety of the people,” he said. “These bills will arm our officers with the power to return to the system immediately those who violate this privilege.”

The final measure signed by the governor creates special courts for murder cases. The courts will have their own specific rooms, with judges who specialize in criminal law.

Attorney General Guillermo Somoza-Colombiani said the courts would “improve the distribution of cases of violent crimes that take place in our courts, and hasten the prosecution of persons who represent a security threat.”

“Our goal is to get criminals off our streets so they cannot hurt the families of our communities,” Fortuño said. “We are creating a justice system focused on protecting the victims, not criminals.”

Popular Posts cape santa maria

The Best Caribbean Beach Resort You’ve Never Heard of 

There’s a boat just offshore called “Escape.”  It’s bobbing in some of the most brilliant, dynamic turquoise water I’ve ever seen, a few meters from a stretch of sand so bright and so white you have to squint to look […]

Marriott Is Opening Its New St Regis Resort In Aruba 

aruba st regis inside the restaurant with chairs

It was more than a decade ago that Marriott opened its first-ever Ritz-Carlton resort in the Dutch Caribbean: the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, which at the time was the island’s first true five-star resort.  Fast forward to 2024, and Marriott is set […]

A Tiny New Boutique Hotel Just Opened on a Pink Sand Beach in The Bahamas 

potlatch club pink sand with blue water

The pink sand, the historic cottages, the chic beach bars and luxe villas. You may be thinking of Harbour Island.  But this is another increasingly hip destination in The Bahamas: Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, which just welcomed a brand-new boutique hotel.  […]

Related Posts the beach at the caribe hilton

Caribbean Airlines Is Adding a New Island: Puerto Rico   

The intra-regional airline market in the Caribbean is starting to heat up, and the focus is clearly on San Juan, Puerto Rico as more and more carriers set their sights on the city. Fresh off Frontier Airlines’ major expansion out […]

Hilton Has a New Hotel in Puerto Rico 

hotel condado

Hilton has quietly opened a new hotel in Puerto Rico, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The company has debuted a new Hilton Garden Inn in San Juan’s vibrant Condado district.  The hotel, which has a total of 240 rooms, is set […]

You Will Soon Be Able to Fly From Puerto Rico to Barbados 

rockley barbados

Is a new Caribbean intra-regional carrier quietly developing in San Juan?  Ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines continues to add new routes within the Caribbean out of its new base in San Juan.  That already includes St Croix, St Maarten and Cancun, […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You