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Cell phone jammers restored at Tower Street prison

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:29 PM
A car drives by as a woman walks past the Tower Street Adult Correctional facility.

The National Security Ministry is reporting that it has now restored and improved two cell phone jammers at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.

According the ministry, the jammers will block incoming and outgoing cellular phone calls at the maximum security facility.

It's part of a move by the government to strengthen security in correctional facilities.

The ministry says it has established a Technology Task Force that is swiftly implementing a strategy that will identify more modern technology for phased roll-out in all prisons.

According to the state minister for national security Pearnel Charles Jr, the government is advancing the process of identifying and selecting the best, and most modern cellular jammers and other technology solutions.

Meanwhile, he says the restoration of the jammers at Tower Street highlights the lack of maintenance and underutilisation in recent years.

He also says audits will be conducted by the ministry's Technology Taskforce in all institutions under phase two of an electronic monitoring programme.

Senator Charles says providers have stated to assess the CCTV surveillance systems in correctional facilities.

Last month he released a list of measures to reduce security risks in 11 adult correctional and juvenile facilities.

They include the installation of X-Ray Scanning Machines at the Tower Street and St Catherine Adult Correctional Centres and the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

Metal detectors and new entry management protocols are also among the new security measures.