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G2K endorses gov't's decision to reject UK prison deal

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 1:24 PM
The entrance to the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Facility, Jamaica's only female prison.

The young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, Generation 2000 (G2K), is endorsing the Government’s decision to reject the UK’s offer to help to build a prison here.

G2K notes that the UK had only planned to fund 40 per cent of the project, with the Government to find the remaining $6 billion.

The group says those calling for the country to take the deal should say where this money should come from.

It says they must also explain why $6 billion should be spent on a prison instead of all other priorities of the government at this time.

G2K’s Vice-President, Daniella Allen, says while G2K accepts that Jamaica’s prisons are in poor condition, so are many of the schools.

She says G2K is not interested in another penal institution but more educational opportunities for youths.

Meanwhile, chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner, says the Government must indicate how it plans to address the problems at Jamaica's correctional facilities, now that it has rejected the deal.

He emphasises that the island’s two adult correctional facilities are in deplorable condition, which is a hazard for both prisoners and personnel working in the prisons.

 

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, told the Senate on Friday that the Andrew Holness administration will not be taking up the offer as it does not believe it’s in the best interest of the country.

Johnson Smith declined to provide details about the decision only stressing that the matter is closed at this time for Jamaica.