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Barbados: Virtual prison visits coming

Inmates at Dodds Prison will be able to see visitors again, come December 1, although only virtually.

Word of this came today from Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, as he addressed Parliament on a supplementary to have maintenance work done at the St Philip penal institution.

Restrictions on visits were put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic and lawyers and family members of inmates recently agitated for a review of those restrictions.

Minister Abrahams said all who need access to prisoners should be able to do so virtually, adding that the inmates have a right to meet with their attorneys, see their families and have sessions with faith-based leaders.

“Having had the discussion with our Superintendent of Prisons yesterday, we have been awaiting donations of large screen TVs and more video electronic systems so that we can have, for example, a church with multiple participants in it or counselling sessions or teaching sessions.”

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