The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service has implemented new measures with immediate effect at the nation’s prisons as it makes a concerted effort to prevent the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from entering the nation’s prisons.
In a media release, the prisons service outlined the following:
• Visits to all classification of prisoners would be limited to ONE (1) visit per week.
• Only ONE (1) visitor per inmate would be allowed entry (consistent with the specific days for remanded and convicted inmates) unto the prison compound.
• Purchases for inmates can be made at any time and would not be recorded as a visit.
• Visitors will be subjected to mandatory screening prior to entry by trained personnel via standard questionnaire and thermal scanner.
• In the event of the full suspension of visits as a result of continuous escalation of the Coronavirus, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service will make every effort through the use of technology to keep the lines of communication available as best as feasibly can.
• At present, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service is honouring the Court List provided by the Courts, which dictates inmates to attend Courts. Upon return, all inmates and escorts will be screened.
The media release stated that the prisons service remains committed to promoting the health, safety and welfare of all individuals entering prison establishments and as such, has been closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) over the past week.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service understands the plights of inmates and their families and is utilizing feasible measures amidst the current constraints, to upkeep communication, as well as to facilitate court attendances according to the dictates of the Court. We ask all visitors to bear with us as the measures adopted to prevent the virus from entering the prison will tardy the visit process. Additionally, we are urging visitors to exercise responsibility if they are experiencing any symptoms of the viral illness, and desist from visiting the nation’s prisons”, the release stated.