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  • The document will advise on various funding approaches, with the intent that the cost of constructing this facility will not adversely affect Jamaica’s current agreements.
  • It will also examine options for reducing the prisoner population through a more efficient parole system.
  • The Ministry Paper states that a full submission is to be made to Cabinet by the end of the second quarter of 2014/15.

The business case for a new correctional facility is being prepared and will be completed by the end of May.

This is included in a Ministry Paper that was tabled in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, May 13, by Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting.

The document will advise on various funding approaches, with the intent that the cost of constructing this facility will not adversely affect Jamaica’s current agreements with the international lending agencies.

It will also examine options for reducing the prisoner population through a more efficient parole system as well as greater utilisation of facilities that consistently experience occupancy levels below their capacity.

The Ministry Paper states that a full submission is to be made to Cabinet by the end of the second quarter of 2014/15 and it is hoped that work will begin within another 18 months.

It also informed that the Ministry of National Security has identified lands, which it deems suitable for construction of the new facility to replace the major correctional institutions – the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre – both of which have outlived their useful lives.

“Both are centuries old and are experiencing levels of occupancy well above their capacity – in the case of Tower Street 200 per cent occupancy and St. Catherine 150 per cent,” the Minister Paper  notes.