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New Prison for Trelawny.
On June 5, 2018, it was announced that a solid waste transfer station will be built in Trelawny. Now 20 days later, it is being announced that a new prison will be built in the parish.
This was announced by National Security Minister Horace Chang. Dr. Chang, who has close ties to the parish as a medical doctor, made the announcement in Montego Bay on Saturday.
The focus is on gang leaders who are suspected of running their gang operations by using electronic devices whilst still in prison.
From Jamaica Observer
Security Minister Horace Chang says a new prison, to be constructed in Trelawny, will, among other things, cut off gang leaders from the outside world.
The security minister, who expressed concerns about the ability of prisoners to run their criminal empires from behind prison bars, said the new penal institution, scheduled to commence construction in the next financial year, will be built with electronic hardening.
As long as they can’t communicate, it’s likely gangs will disintegrate. So they will be without a head. Of course, sometimes a new head will emerge, but it’s much easier to dismantle a gang once the leader is totally separated from them, Dr Chang said.
I can’t give you a figure on the capacity. We are still planning, but we would want about 30 cells of that type. Those will not be the only cells. We want about 30 cells for leaders who continue to manage their empire from inside the prison, he stated.
Speaking to reporters following his address at the 33rd Annual Pharmaceutical Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, Dr Chang disclosed that the proposed site of the new prison is a section of Long Pond which is remote.