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Correctional Services says female wards not primarily under male watch

Published:Monday | January 6, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Department of Correctional Service has rejected suggestions that female wards at the South Camp Correctional Centre for Girls is primarily under the watch of male correctional officers.




It says of the 128 members of staff, 59 are female correctional officers; 52 are male correctional officers and 17 female civilian staff.



The Department says the male correctional officers are primarily responsible for the security of the compound.



READ: Girls in custody under male watch



It also says the male correctional officers on duty in the sentry boxes cannot see into any of the female dormitories.



It says male correctional officers are always accompanied by female correctional officers for any task which takes them within the precincts of the dormitories.



The Department of Correctional Services also says wards are not stripped to prevent them from committing suicide.



It notes, however, that occasionally the wards in their bouts of uncontrollable behaviour will strip themselves.



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