Georgetown, Guyana – (December 20, 2019) President David Granger, pursuant to Articles 188, 189 and 190 of the Constitution, has pardoned two female prisoners who were serving sentences at the New Amsterdam Prison. The Presidential Pardon takes effect on December 23, 2019.
The two female inmates to be released are 19-year-old Ms. Sherryann Marks, who was charged with larceny of items and sentenced to six months in prison and 33-year-old Simone Williams, who was charged with making use of threatening language and sentenced to six months as well.
Last December, the Head of State granted Presidential Pardon to three women who were serving sentences for non-violent, non-narcotic offences. Article 188 (1) (a) of the Constitution states that, “The President may grant to any person concerned in or convicted of any offence under the laws of Guyana, a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions”.
The conditions outlined in the Constitution were met and the Head of State had the requisite consultations with the Minister of Public Security.
It is the President’s wish to see mothers at home with their children, especially during the Christmas season and as such, women who are charged with non-violent crimes and fit the requisite conditions are eligible for a Presidential pardon.