Special Prison Unit called to MSP as inmates protest failure of judiciary to hear matters in person

Special Prison Unit called to MSP as inmates protest failure of judiciary to hear matters in person

A standoff occurred at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca on Tuesday.

Reports indicate that reinforcement from a special unit had to be brought into the facility, to quell the protest by inmates, who are furious because they are not being taken before judges and magistrates for their matters.

According to GML the flare up began at around 2 pm yesterday, where inmates allegedly threw their meals on the ground while cursing and threatening officers.

Members of a special unit were swiftly called in to help quell the situation

Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan said “I won’t let inmates use violence to make a point. The MSP is filled with Covid-19 and most of the court administrators are not coming to the MSP…We had discussions to train officers to handle the virtual courts. For the time being…that training from the Judiciary has not commenced.”

Just last week, prisoners at MSP protested over what they called their inhumane treatment and lack of proper sanitization in light of the covid-19 pandemic.

To date 260 inmates have tested positive for the virus.

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