Minister Duncan upgrades police cells temporarily to House of Detention

POSTED: 11/1/11 12:34 PM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has upgraded fifteen new cells at the police station in Philipsburg temporarily to the status of House of Detention. The measure went into effect on Monday, October 24.

Duncan writes in the Ministerial Decree he signed on October 20, that St. Maarten is experiencing “a serious shortage of cell capacity, especially for those whose custody, imprisonment or arrest has been ordered.”

The necessary renovation of the penitentiary facility Pointe Blanche puts extra pressure on the available cell-capacity, Duncan wrote.

The national ordinance that regulates the prison system gives the Justice Minister the authority to designate Houses of detention and the prison.

“Anticipating more structural solutions the decision has been taken to designate fifteen of the so-called new police cells temporarily as House of Detention,” the decree states, adding that a regime and a day program befitting a House of Detention will be put in place.

Supervision of the inmates in the temporary House of Detention is the responsibility of Pointe Blanche director Rudsel Ricardo.

The inmates will be transported every day from their cells at the police station to Pointe Blanche to partake there in the day program.

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