Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Building being retrofitted for COVID-19 positive Tobago prisoners

Following last week’s outbreak of COVID-19 where 14 prisoners and five prison officers tested positive for the virus in Tobago, the Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries building at Glen Road, is currently being retrofitted as a temporary facility to house prisoners.

There are currently 45 prisoners and 60 prison officers assigned to the Tobago Prison.

While some prisoners have been transported to the new Claxton Bay Prisons Facility, the State is being proactive in ensuring that there was adequate housing on the sister isle should there be another outbreak.

The building is expected to be used to relocate any prisoners who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Following the outbreak, Prison Officer’s Association President Ceron Richards, publicly called for an urgent meeting with the Minister of National Security.

Richards said that the Tobago prison, which is located in Scarborough, is currently overcrowded, and was in a poor condition.

This, he believes, was a major contribution to the ‘outbreak’ of the virus in the prison last week.

As a result, he was calling on the Government to make ready the lands which have been allocated for the construction of a new prison facility on the sister isle.

He was also hopeful that the virus had been contained and that there was no further spread. 

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