This is the word from Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security Ministry, Rudyard Spencer, as he spoke on Tuesday on RJR’s Balancing Justice, radio programme.
Spencer told Balancing Justice host Andre Earle, Tuesday night, that lands for the new prison have been identified at a remote location outside of Kingston. and that construction is slated to begin next year.
“We are going to build an all-encompassing prison, far, far out of town,” he said, highlighting the desirability of isolation, “where no cell phone can go into (that) prison, because part of the problem we’re having with the prisons now is the amount of cell phones that go into those prisons”.
The architectural drawings for the new correctional facility are currently being done, he said.
The government has been under pressure to construct a new prison, given the dilapidated state of the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre as well as the other prisons under its purview.
In 2015, the then British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced during a visit to the island that his administration would donate £30 million towards construction of a new prison in Jamaica, on condition that Jamaica would accept its nationals serving time in British prisons to complete their sentences in the new facility.
This offer was opposed by the Jamaica Labour Party, then in opposition; and when it came to office in early 2016, it confirmed that it would not proceed with the agreement.
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