Monday, February 19, 2018

Don’t privatise local prisons!*

It is with great sadness that Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) noted the suggestion made by former national security minister Gary Griffith during a radio discussion on January 24, and in light of the video on social media showing some local prison officers wearing ski masks beating restrained prisoners, that T&T should “look at the possibility of privatised prisons.”
Inter alia, he reportedly said: “…it is important to look at systems. Sometimes it involves privatsation, to make sure there are checks and balances to ensure accountability in different arms of the protective services” and measurement of performance by having a private entity within the prison system to monitor. “There is no one there to guard the guards.”

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