Prison exchange slap in the face
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is very disheartening that at a time when many Jamaicans are complaining about the austere measures under which we must live, that our own Government would invite a head of government to tell us they are planning to contribute £23 million to the construction of a prison and repatriate the prisoners to serve their time in Jamaica. What madness is that?
The UK is seeking to save millions of pounds of taxpayers' money by sending these prisoners back to Jamaica, so what about our taxpayer dollars? Many of these prisoners have spent most of their lives in the UK and have done more for the UK economic system than for the Jamaican. Why then should my money be spent to take care of them for crimes they committed outside of this country?
It's a slap in the face at this time when the IMF deal is making our lives a living hell. The claim that jobs will be created in construction of the prison is laughable. Like the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, these jobs won't last for five years or longer. Therefore, a six- to 12-month construction contract cannot be viewed in the grand scheme of things as a meaningful job when the remuneration for the regular workers may not be enough to feed their families.
Ocho Rios, St Ann