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More space for detainees from State of Emergency

by February 1st, 2018

National Security Minister Robert Montague says 50 spaces have been provided by the Department of Correctional Services at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to hold detainees from the State of Emergency in St James.

He was speaking at the 76th intake and passing out parade for correctional officers held at the Carl Rattray Staff College in St. Ann last Friday.

The minister said in another three weeks, 2 hundred spaces will become available at the Tamarind Farm facility.

This disclosure comes amidst recent concerns about the facilities to accommodate detainees at police lock-ups in St. James.

Mr Montague said in keeping with internationally accepted standards and basic human rights principles, offenders must be treated with dignity.

He indicated that the ministry is continuing to look at and amend the corrections act because there are certain deficiencies that must be addressed.

He said he is  desirous of seeing provisions in the amended act,  that make certain electronic devices illegal and to establish proper communication systems to allow inmates to make phone calls and for their families to be able to communicate with them.

The minister highlighted that under the amended legislation, provisions will be made in the penal system to make it mandatory for inmates who are not literate to learn to read and write during their period of incarceration.

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