Richards: More prison breaks possible if judicial system isn't fixed

The expectation of more prison breaks in T&T in the future is like a ticking time bomb if the Judicial System is not reviewed and fixed soon.

This was the grave concern of the president of the Prison Officers Association (POA) Ceron Richards, during an interview on CNC3’s The Morning Brew Tuesday morning.

On the heels of May 15 prison break at the Golden Grove Remand Yard Prison in Arouca where eight prisoners escaped, Richards said before the many questions, there needs to be an examination of the scenario.

Prisoners vow to kill 5 prison officers; SORT, Minister respond

National Security Minister Stuart Young says he has asked that an inter-agency approach be taken to threats against prison officers.

In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Minister Young said the perpetrators will face the full brunt of the law.

The Minister issued the following statement on Tuesday:

"It has come to my attention that there is in circulation, a document purporting to be a confidential report authored by SORT which references possible threats to Prison Officers.

Prisoners to benefit for rescuing guards

Com­mis­sion­er of Pris­ons Ger­ard Wil­son on Thurs­day met with sev­en in­mates who pro­tect­ed a group of pris­ons of­fi­cers who were un­der at­tack from oth­er in­mates at the Gold­en Grove Re­mand Yard in Arouca.

Their ac­tions were not­ed and will be pre­sent­ed for con­sid­er­a­tion when their sen­tenc­ing is to be made by the re­spec­tive judges in their mat­ters.

Wil­son spoke briefly with Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day.

The Com­mis­sion­er was at the time meet­ing with the in­mates one and one as he com­mend­ed them for their quick and prompt ac­tion.

Prison boss: Name building after Jackson

Deputy Com­mis­sion­er of Pris­ons Dane Clarke has called for build­ing 13 of the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison, in Arou­ca, to be re­named in ho­n­our of mur­dered act­ing Prison Supt Wayne Earl Jack­son.

Clarke, who is act­ing as Prison Com­mis­sion­er, paid trib­ute to Jack­son's ef­forts at the MSP and made the call dur­ing Jack­son's fu­ner­al ser­vice at Bethel Out­reach Min­istries in Ari­ma on Tues­day.

Prisons’ chief wants closure on 2015 jailbreak

Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson yesterday called for closure “once and for all” in the deadly jailbreak at the Port-of-Spain (PoS) Prison.

Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, which marked the three-year anniversary of the event, Wilson said closure was of utmost importance because “it will inform the Prison Service what type of security lapses would have taken place”.

But Prisons Officers Association president Ceron Richards said he believes there is a major cover-up of the true facts in the jailbreak.