National Security Minister Stuart Young said he is committed to advancing Prison Service Reform in this country.
During the Passing Out Parade and Induction Ceremony for 239 prison officer recruits on Tuesday, Young also said that plans are underway to improve facilities and the safety of officers.
He said “I will be reaching out to the Commissioner of Prisons (Dennis Pulchan) who I know is also an advocate for prison reform and we are counting on you, the new recruits, (to help) us to reform your clientèle here and provide them with new opportunities as they prepare themselves to go forward.”
Young stated that a infrastructural upgrades are also being undertaken at prison facilities, including the upgrade of the Alarm System at the Golden Grove Prison; the installation of CCTV camera at the Maximum Security Prison; and improvement of the plumbing and electrical systems at Remand Yard.
He also pointed to recent laws which he says will assist the Service, among them the Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill 2020 which allows the interception and recording of communications from prison facilities and vehicles used to transport prisoners to be admissible as evidence in court proceedings; the Miscellaneous Provisions (Law Enforcement Officers) Amendment Act, assented to in 2019, increases existing penalties and introduces new provisions with respect to offences committed by and against all law enforcement officers, including prison officers, in the execution of their duties.
Young also intends to make the introduction of a parole system in T&T a priority.