Thursday 9 July, 2020

Active review of prison security measures after contraband in video

Continuous evaluation of measures in place at the nation’s prisons to ensure that contraband items are kept out, remain in place.

That’s the assurance from National Security Minister Edmund Dillon who says jammers and scanners have been implemented at T&T’s jails to prevent the use of cell phones within the prison walls.

He made the comment in light of the circulation of a video across social media recorded at one of the prisons. The video was recorded on a cell phone, supposedly by another prisoner.  

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The Commissioner of Prisons has since launched an investigation into the matter, which is still ongoing.

Dillon assured that a number of other practices are in place to prevent the entry of contraband into the prisons.

“There are several measures that have been used and continue to be used with respect to cell phones in the prisons. Jammers and scanners have since been instituted, the Prisons Commissioner has instituted serious measures with respect to officers on duty.

Within the Prison system there are various checks that are made on persons entering the prisons including prison officers themselves and several other measures have been put in place to deal with this matter.”

As it relates to preventing any future occurrence of such an incident, the Minister said the Commissioner of Prisons is treating with these issues as matters of priority.

“We continue to evaluate these measures as we go along and treat with the issues. The Prisons Commissioner continues to treat with the issues very urgently and as they occur he will put different measures in place to treat with them.”


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