Charles Jr wants to stop prisoners controlling crime

March 02, 2017
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State Minister for National Security, Pearnel Charles Jr said the heightened attention that surrounds Vybz Kartel, and allegations that he is illegally recording songs behind bars have provided a platform for the ministry to eradicate the underlying problem.

"The possibility there are consistent breaches of regulations that allow persons to have in their possession, without permission, these communication devices that are used not just for the release of music, but to give instructions to orchestrate criminal activities, that's much more important for me," Charles Jr told THE STAR.


New measures


He said he has heard anecdotally of inmates in correctional facilities giving instructions to carry out murders.

In a statement earlier this week, Charles Jr listed several new measures aimed to stop the smuggling of contraband, such as devices that allow inmates to communicate with members of the society without permission.

"The measures that we are trying to implement will allow for us to have more certainty of what is taking place in the institutions, and that in itself will come from focusing on accountability and enforcement, two areas that I believe at present are somewhat deficient," Charles Jr said.

The measures include the polygraphing of all recruits and correctional officers, enhanced use of cellular phone jamming technology, relocation of inmates and re-zoning spaces in all institutions.

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