Tenders for Construction of 5,000-Man Prison Being Evaluated

first_imgRelatedTenders for Construction of 5,000-Man Prison Being Evaluated RelatedTenders for Construction of 5,000-Man Prison Being Evaluated FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tenders are being evaluated for the construction of a new 5,000-person capacity prison in St. Catherine.Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Arthur Williams, speaking in the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on Friday (July 25), said that following on a prequalification exercise, tenders were invited for the design and construction of the new facility.“Tender documents have been submitted and the evaluation of the tender is underway. The proposal is for the construction of the facility under a Build, Own, Lease and Transfer (BOLT) agreement. The evaluation is continuing and in due course Parliament and the public will be given a further update on the progress of the matter,” he stated.Senator Williams informed that 200 acres of land had already been acquired at Amity Hall in St. Catherine for the project. “However, because of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo) power lines, which runs through the property, an additional 200 acres is being sought, because it would be cheaper to buy the additional land than to seek to remove the JPSCo power lines,” he said, noting that negotiations for the purchase of the additional acreage are ongoing.Senator Williams told the Senate that the new facility will house the male inmates who are now located at the Tower Street, St. Catherine, and South Camp Adult Correctional Centres, and females from the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre.“This new facility would eliminate the severe overcrowding that now exists at the Tower Street and St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centres. As a modern facility, it will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to enhance the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders,” the Senator pointed out.On another matter, the Senator informed that the Department of Correctional Services will be amending the Corrections Act, which deals with the issue of contrabands being brought into prisons, and had prepared proposals for such.Currently, the Act provides for a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, for any member of the Adult Correctional Centre staff, who without lawful authority, knowingly supplies or allows to be supplied to any inmate, any prohibited article.Noting that the penalty under this section will be increased dramatically, Senator Williams asked: “Is it any wonder therefore, that there is such a high incidence of contrabands in our (correctional) institutions? This is a matter of great concern,” he stated.“We have to do what we can to ensure that contraband being brought into the (correctional) institutions is controlled. If we can’t eliminate it completely, at least drastically control what is happening, because it is not simply a matter of the good order of the institutions. The security of Jamaica is at stake, particularly with having cellular phones in those prisons. It is a matter that has to be dealt with decisively and in short order,” he pointed out. Tenders for Construction of 5,000-Man Prison Being Evaluated UncategorizedJuly 29, 2008center_img Advertisements RelatedTenders for Construction of 5,000-Man Prison Being Evaluatedlast_img

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