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Gov't designs new plan to enhance security, accountability in correctional facilities

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 3:05 PM
The Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre

A new comprehensive plan to enhance accountability and enforcement in the island's correctional facilities is being crafted by the Ministry of National Security.

“We are refining a comprehensive action plan focused on enhancing accountability and enforcement,” said Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, state minister in the Ministry of National Security, in a release this afternoon.

“We have assembled all the key recommendations in a structured matrix, delegated specific responsibilities and are reviewing budget allocations to advance the process of stamping out corruption and criminal activity in our correctional facilities,” he continued.

The crafting of the new plan follows on an announcement last week to strengthen security in all correctional facilities.

"In keeping with this administration’s intention to transform the correctional services, we will also launch a wide-scale rebranding of the Department of Correctional Services that begins with an internal programme among the over 2,800 men and women who work in the system,” Charles added.

The Department of Correctional Services is responsible for nearly 4,000 inmates in seven adult correctional centres, one remand centre and four juvenile facilities.