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Jamaica: Pressure Grows On Government For Early Prison Release

Citing the serious threat posed by COVID-19, Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says there is an urgent need for the authorities to look at various categories of inmates in Jamaica’s prisons to determine who can benefit from early release.

Her comments come at a time of renewed concerns about overcrowding and breaches of established rules at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, which have been highlighted in a report by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

READ: From bedbugs to water woes, elderly inmates live in filth, Says INDECOM

On Wednesday, senior government officials, including Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, toured at least two correctional centres in Kingston.

The Department of Correctional Services reported on October 3 that there were 14 positive COVID-19 cases at Tower Street.

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