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Stand Up for Jamaica throws support behind gov't's prison reform measures

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 3:42 AM

The group Stand Up for Jamaica which has been working in the prisons is supporting the announced measures to help reduce corruption in the island's penal facilities.

However, the founder of the group Carla Gullota says as part of the rehabilitation process, prisoners should be able to communicate with their families in a managed environment.

This week, State Minister in the ministry Pearnel Charles Jr announced that the government will be instituting measures including polygraph testing of correctional officers to combat corruptions in the prisons.

X-ray machines are also to be installed and metal detectors expanded.

Speaking with The Gleaner Power 106 News Centre, St Up Jamaica Founder Carla Gullotta said the measures are long overdue.

 

Gullotta also says that the measures as announced will go a long way in improving the current state of affairs, which she argued has become untenable.

In the meantime, Gullotta says the priority on human rights by the ministry will positively impact inmates as they seek to be rehabilitated.

 

Founder of Stand Up For Jamaica, Carla Gullotta