Prison facilities need replacing
Minister of Justice Emmanuel George has described prisoner accommodations at Golden Grove Prison as having “largely outlived their usefulness, and need(ing) to be replaced”.
The minister made the comments on Tuesday following a tour of the Golden Grove facilities, including the Youth Training Centre, Remand Yard and Women’s Prison facilities, as well as the Forensic Science Centre in St Clair.
According to a ministry release, George, who was recently handed the portfolio by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the latest Cabinet reshuffle, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to construct two new prisons—one at Golden Grove and the other in Tobago.
He added that the ministry has also planned a number of construction projects aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice across Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to a new forensic centre at Carlsen Field in Chaguanas, and the prison facilities, six new judicial centres across the country are being planned.
During the tour, the minister visited the pathology and forensic science areas of the St Clair centre, as well as recently-completed facility upgrades.
George visited the Youth Training Centre, which houses young males who are committed to the centre by either a magistrate or judge.
In addition to the accommodations, library and classrooms, the minister also saw first-hand the academic, vocational and life skills training programmes offered at the centre.
He also listened to the concerns of the young charges, which centred on the undue delays with respect to the start of their trials.