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JLP dumb to reject prison funds

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government's rejection of British financing in building a high-tech prison has now come to haunt the Holness administration.

I was incarcerated for 21 years at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, so I speak with knowledge of why there is urgent need for a new facility. Tower Street is not accommodating of modern technology and an enlightened 21st-century culture. Not even the fire truck could come within 50 metres of the prison centre that caught fire at Tower Street last week. The structure is weak and could collapse at any time. If that happens, how many prisoners will perish?

This could open up the Government to many lawsuits, costing it more than the bill for building a new prison.

The JLP was wrong to reject the British government's offer to foot 40 per cent of the costs. What a dumb decision? These persons are visionless and cannot plan. They are slaves to politics.

M.H.

Ex-convict