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washes down her
her home along
the Chin Chin
on Sunday. The
Met Service has
rains to come
AFTER THE FLOODS
Over the next three days about 400 more prisoners
will be transferred from the Golden Grove Remand
Yard Prison to the Maximum Security Prison (MSP)
in Arouca, bringing the total to be transferred there
to 500 by the end of the process.
The move has been forced on the Prisons Service
due to overcrowding at the prison, which is now posing
a serious security problem for prisons officers, president
of the Prisons Officers Association Ceron Richards
confirmed yesterday. The relocation of the prisoners
started over the weekend.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, Richards
assured that the prisoners who were being relocated
would be carefully placed according to their gang affil-
iation so as to prevent any outbreak of violence from
members of rival gangs. However, a prisons officer,
who wished not to be identified, said on Saturday
both Muslims and Rasta City gang member prisoners
were placed in Building One at the MSP, and said that
could stir a war among them if they were not separated
as quickly as possible.
But Richards assured yesterday that the separation
would take place."We are trying our best to separate
and maintain that. We are putting all the prisoners
together according to the gangs they belong in," he
said. Richards explained that the relocation exercise
was one of three things the Prisons Officers Association
(POA) had demanded to ensure better security at the
Remand Yard."Reducing the number of prisoners at
the Remand Yard from 1,100 to about 800 will be
more manageable for the officers. Secondly, we have
called for the sanitisation of the prison for it to be
properly searched and this was carried out only by
"Thirdly, we have called for an increase in staffing
at the Remand facility. I will be between both prisons
to make sure that everything goes well and MSP gets
the sufficient staff needed to man the situation,"
Richards said. Richards said while at the prison on
Saturday he got the chance to interview several pris-
oners and was shocked when he was told that some
of them were waiting as much as 16 years for their
matters to be called and heard in the High Courts.
"Some of them waiting ten, eight years. For Mag-
istrates Court, some waiting over six years. This tells
me that something is seriously wrong in the Judiciary
system," Richards said. He again reiterated his call for
the immediate resignation of the Chief Justice Ivor
Archie over the tardiness of the justice system."We
are not hearing a single statement from the Chief
Justice and the Prisons Officers Association will now
be turning its guns on the Office of the Chief Justice
and the administration of Justice. We are in a poor
state. This is atrocious," Richards said.
He added that because of the failure of the Judiciary
the backlog in cases was causing unnecessary over-
crowding in the prisons, frustration and undue tension.
On Saturday over 100 prisoners were relocated to the
MSP in an exercise that lasted for about six hours.
No prisoners were relocated yesterday but the exercise
is expected to continue today. On June 16 and 17
during two consecutive raids, several inmates were
allegedly beaten and about five prisons officers were
going to MSP
Move to ease overcrowding
at Remand Yard
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