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Tell us the alternative, correctional association reacts to rejected prison deal

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 1:04 AM
St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre.

Jerome Reynolds, Acting Assistant News Editor – Radio

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner, says the Government should outline an alternative now that it has rejected the United Kingdom's offer to help to build a prison here.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, told the Senate on Friday that the Andrew Holness Tell us the alternative, correctional association reacts to rejected prison deal 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.

The UK Government had offered to give Jamaica $5.5 billion towards constructing a modern prison.

Turner says the Government needs to indicate how it plans to address the problems at Jamaica's correctional facilities.

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.

He says Jamaica urgently needs a new prison.

 

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner

Since Friday’s announcement there have been calls for more information from the Government about its decision to reject the UK’s prison offer.

For years, there have been calls for Jamaica to build a modern prison to replace the current dilapidated structures.

Local and international human rights groups have complained that Jamaican prisoners are being held in inhumane conditions in breach of their constitutional rights.