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Prime minister of Trinidad &Tobago, has appointed a special committee to investigate& address issues PDF Print E-mail
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Following a series of incidents and protest action by prisoners at the Golden Grove State Prison, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has appointed a special committee to investigate and address issues emanating from both prison officers and prisoners themselves.

The situation escalated recently with the killing of an off-duty prisons officer. The prime minister also met two months ago with representatives of the Prisons Officers Association to hear their concerns, which included a call for prisons officers to be given firearms while off-duty, and for them to be afforded houses.

The prime minister has also been advised that some of the urgent issues presented included concerns about overcrowding in prisons, a lack of available transportation to court, no airing or recreation time for prisoners, and the cancellation of visitation rights of families and friends.
Persad-Bissessar said she hopes the committee would bring the crisis to a speedy resolution.

 

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