Gov’t to Curtail Inmate Access to Cellphones

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The ability of inmates to continue to direct their criminal operations from behind prison walls with the use of cellular phones will soon be significantly curtailed.

This, as the Government is taking steps to amend the outdated Corrections Act, specifically as it relates to the possession and use of contraband inside penal institutions.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Matthew Samuda, said the amendments will result in criminal charges being levelled against inmates found in possession of contraband.

He said the new Act “…will create a modern legal framework for us to operate within, and will give the men and women who lead the correctional services the tools that they desperately need to ensure they run the correctional services in a particular manner”.