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Contact: Shannon Lebourne


Thursday,  October 22, 2009  Home Affairs and National Security Minister, Senator the Honourable Guy Mayers, has been speaking on the introduction of additional security measures at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.


One of the measures will include the installation of security cameras on the compound.



“We are going to be putting in an extra machine that will allow persons who are coming into the facility whether inmate of correctional officer, to be checked. In addition, we are going to have a metal detector.  Going into the facility is like going into the departure lounge of an airport; so the appropriate security checks will be made.”


Some major policy changes are also expected to be made in the new year, with regards to the dress code for inmates. 


Senator Mayers spoke of the re-introduction of plastic sandals known locally as “jarry”, as part of the uniform.


The justice minister says this has become necessary, due to the high incidence of items such as cell phones that are found hidden in soles of the boots and sneakers worn by inmates.


“Whether they are going to court, or they are at the facility, prisoners will be wearing “jarries—just like they wear the inmates uniform. When they are leaving the facility they normal shoes will be returned to them.  That will solve a lot of the problems that we are having there.'


Meantime, the rehabilitation programme at the Bordelais Correctional Facility will also receive some resuscitation, beginning with activities on the farm. 


Senator Mayers says plans are afoot to fence the first five acres of the farm.

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