POA wants the Port-of-Spain Prison relocated

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POA wants the Port-of-Spain Prison relocated

Head of the Prison Officers Association (POA), Gerard Gordon, is pleading with the authorities to relocate the Port-of-Spain Prison.

At a media briefing outside the prison yesterday morning, Gordon said the 200-year-old facility had outlived its usefulness and faces many issues, including open fences.

He said: “This arrangement in the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago needs to stop immediately. It is not safe for the public. It is certainly not safe for the officers who continue to work and engage in this environment.”

He recalled the deadly prison break in 2015 as well as the recent riot which left several prison officers injured and urged Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds to deal with the matter urgently.

“Mr Fitzgerald Hinds, you promised that you would have come since last year when we would have met to look at the conditions which prison officers are operating under and working and here we are in 2024 and we realise that you have not come as yet,” he said.

Gordon suggested that lands near the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca could accommodate a “modern-day technologically advanced” facility.

Commenting on the recent riot, Gordon said the prison officers involved had suffered more psychological damage than physical injuries.