KINGSTON — Some $92 million is to be spent this fiscal year to carry out the construction and renovation of juvenile correctional institutions across the island.
As contained in the 2011/2012 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives, another $39 million has been set aside for the construction and improvement of several adult correctional facilities.
Of that sum, $15 million will go towards the repair of cells and other maintenance services at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.
Another $12 million will be used to carry out general repairs to the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre, while $12 million of the allocation will facilitate general repairs and improvements to other correctional facilities.
In the meantime, $12 million has been allotted in the Estimates for equity contribution to the Correctional Services Production Company (COSPROD) to assist with the continuation of its projects at several adult correctional facilities.
It will finance the administrative costs and the requirements for undertaking agricultural as well as woodwork, welding, brick-making, and other activities at the Tamarind Farm, Richmond Farm, and Tower Street Adult Correctional Centres.
By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter