New security measures to be implemented at Fort Augusta

by January 16th, 2019

New security measures are to be implemented at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre, on South Camp Road in Kingston.

The measures follow the recent assault of an inmate at the facility, which is the country’s only prison for women.

State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer met with officials of the Department of Correctional Services yesterday (January 15) to discuss the incident and tour the facility.

The Junior Security Minister says six high-risk inmates housed at the center have been relocated to the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

He states that this re-classification will enhance the security of the inmates and staff and lower the risks of the violent outbreak.

Mr Spencer also notes that following a health assessment by the institutions’ medical team, three inmates were diagnosed as mentally ill and were placed in singular cells.

He adds that to further strengthen the security in these facilities, frequent random searches will be conducted and gate procedures enhanced at the institutions.

The minister said additional staff will also be deployed in short order to reinforce the inmate to officer ratio in the facilities.

Another security measure that will be implemented is the removal of all electrical outlets on the cell blocks. This he noted will prevent the charging of phones which will inherently prevent the use of these devices.

Following the injury of the inmate, it was reported that some of the women took to Facebook to highlight the issue and other concerns.