Editorial: Prison unrest

POSTED: 09/15/14 11:50 PM

To take one incident at the Pointe Blanche prison as the measuring stick for the state of affairs on that hill is probably too easy. The events of the past couple of days have however demonstrated that not all is well under the relatively new director Edward Rohan.

The incredible amount of illicit stuff police officers found during a control shows that there is no proper control over what enters the prison – drugs, weapons, cell phones, and so on.

The sweeping control that followed the clash between two notorious inmates last week falls in the category too little too late.

Controls on weapons, drugs and cell phones ought to be done on a regular basis – before inmates go after each other with guns and improvised machetes, and not after the fact. Only then will the prison population be able to live in relative peace.


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