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Cabinet has approved $148.9 million for the retrofitting and rehabilitation of the Metcalf Street Remand Centre.
This announcement was made by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, during Wednesday’s (August 11) Post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
Mr. Vaz said that the facility is being established in keeping with the recommendations of the Children’s Advocate and the Armadale Commission of Enquiry.
“It is also being established because the placement of juveniles in police lockups with adults is a direct contravention of the Beijing rules, adopted by the United Nations in 1985,” he stated.
During a tour of the facility earlier this month, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, noted that the centre will allow Jamaica to better honour its human rights obligations, as children who are currently being held in adult facilities will be moved there.
Commissioner of Corrections, Lt. Col. Sean Prendergast, has said that the facility will have the capacity to house 208 children, and will have facilities such as a farm, a covered multi-purpose court, classrooms, a library and a computer room.
The facility is located in Denham Town, West Kingston, and is a former adult remand centre.

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