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Learning from jailbreaks

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Every time we hear of a jailbreak, Jamaicans are told of steps to be taken to prevent recurrence. Only to hear of another major escape. We will never be able to prevent every such occurrence, but certainly we can make it more difficult for individuals to escape.

We are conscious of the poor infrastructure of many lock-ups. The last plan of action I heard of was for weekly searches to keep the jails sterile and to prevent the accused from having any instrument to assist in escapes.

I wish to not only criticise, but to put forward a solution that will help in assuring greater accountability. Let the jails put in place what is known as a fabric check. This will require a daily, or several-times-a-day, checks by a staff member. This would include routine checks on the locks, bolts and bars, and sign accordingly, stating the condition they are in, or if they have been tampered with. Vary the time when these checks are done. These individuals will know that the checks are carried out. If there is a breach you will know who to hold responsible.