– conditions to improve for over 500 prisoners
Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, during an engagement with local media corps, on Thursday, announced that prisoners that are currently in the open area of the Lusignan Prison will have better facilities very soon.
Minister Ramjattan said that despite being prisoners, human rights and international and national standards must be adhered to. The Minister explained that constructions works are ongoing, “We have a tarmac and (will be) putting up sheds with roofs and better washroom facilities so that they can be in better conditions.”
According to the Department of Public Information, the Public Infrastructure Ministry and contractors are doing the emergency works, which are expected to be completed by Friday evening.
Meanwhile, the DPI quoted Minister Ramjattan as saying that once the debris is removed from the Camp Street Prison some prisoners will be transferred back to the Camp Street ‘brick prison’.
The minister explained that repairs are being carried out to the brick prison’s roof, the locking system, the kitchen area and the administration centre.
“The structure in the new brick prison that is standing there can accommodate another 250 prisoners, so from that 500 plus we will be shifting across to the new prison, the brick prison”, DPI quoted the Minister as saying.