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Fort Augusta inmates to be relocated

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 8:25 PM
Just under 200 inmates are housed at Fort Augusta, Jamaica's sole penal institution for females.

Inmates and staff at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Catherine are to be relocated amid health and safety concerns at the facility.

Commissioner of Corrections Ina Hunter Fairweather has confirmed the impending relocation.

Just under 200 inmates are housed at Fort Augusta, Jamaica's sole penal institution for females.

While declining to provide details, Fairweather said the decision is driven by the need to improve conditions for the inmates and staff.

Fairweather says the issue of land ownership has also influenced the need to move the prisoners.

The land is owned by the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Over the years, the port authority has been trying to get the Ministry of National Security to move the prison so that it can get the land.

The head of the correctional services could not give a definitive date for the relocation but The Gleaner understands that it could happen within eight weeks.

Fairweather says the National Security Ministry is yet to make a decision on the new home for the female inmates.

The Gleaner understands that the Camp Road facility is among the considerations.