St. Maarten Police cells and immigration center now partial Houses of Detention

POSTED: 02/10/12 2:11 PM

St. Maarten – Justice Minister Roland Duncan has designated the top floor of the immigration detention center in Simpson Bay and a wing of the police station in Philipsburg as Houses of Detention. The measures are designed to facilitate renovations at the Pointe Blanche prison and as a partial solution for the shortage of cell space in the prison.

Duncan published two ministerial decrees on December 21 of last year. They went into effect last week Friday. The first decree names “the cell complex on the north side at the top floor of the police station in Philipsburg” as House of Detention. The second one gives the top floor of the immigration detention center the same status.

The decrees state that the changes have been made “awaiting more structural solutions” for the shortage of prison cells. The top floor in Simpson Bay will house at least 30 inmates. The decree does not specify the number of inmates that will go to the police station.

During the week inmates from both locations will be transported daily to the Pointe Blanche prison to take part in the day program and for receiving privileged visitors. The latter stipulation seems to indicate that the inmates will not be able to receive visitors at their new locations.

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