Prison can be a place for genuine rehabilitation or a school to make you an even worst criminal than before. The problem, like most other problems in Trinidad and Tobago, is that not enough accountability, money and follow-up is done with any one thing. This causes a hap hazard method of application to anything done including the management of prisons.
Trinidad & Tobago Prisons
Are Prisons well kept in Trinidad & Tobago?
How are convicts treated in Prisons within Trinidad & Tobago?
Who oversees the penal code for Trinidad & Tobago Prisons?
After one of the prison offers was killed in Malabar the prison officers union has been on a 'go slow' causing many of the prisoners to complain about a lack of food and facilities to bathe and so forth. Relatives of prisoners are complaining that these things are beyond the control of prisoners and they should not be made to suffer because of it.
Prisoners in the Golden Grove prison have reached the stage of rioting and have taken over the inner part of one of the maximum security buildings. Guards have been injured and blood shed. Although negotiations are taking place according to TV6 it seems that no definite solution has been reached.
Video surveillance throughout every prison cell in every prison in Trinidad & Tobago has been approved by Cabinet with a budget of $12 million.
For me there are a couple of things that need to be observed:
1. What will stop these camera's from being blocked or the video content disappearing? Hopefully an independent body monitors the system outside of the prison.
2. Will audio be available because even if you can see video, not knowing what is being said will severly curtail the full understanding of a situation.
Trinidad always comes up with these ideas but the follow through and the maintainance always so lousy. When they need the camera working it isn't.
A prison officer named, A. Primus, was murdered today and the Prisons Officers Association is saying his blood is on the government and governments before it because their needs have not been met. One of the demands is that Prison Officers should be armed at all times even when off duty.
You see what happened yesterday, that will not reflect good on prison officers. How did they allow guns and ammunition on the compound?