Buffer zone being created to fight entry of illegal drugs into Dominica prison

A buffer zone to combat the entry of illegal drugs into the Dominica State Prison daily should soon be in effect.

Acting Chief  Prison Officer, Jerry Edmund, said at a recent Ministry of Justice Press briefing that the buffer zone, which is being set up around the facility, is near completion.

“Almost on a daily basis, we have persons coming to our environment and throwing cannabis, cocaine, cellphones, over our fences for inmates. This is a  challenge and one we have to fight with,” Edmund stated.

The Acting Chief said the work is three quarters done, and is hoping that the last quarter can be completed to cordon off the prison from the surrounding communities.

He said lights and cameras are being procured for the external fence to enhance security the security of the prison surroundings.

According to Edmund, other plans to expand the prison include the construction of a multipurpose building that will house a virtual court, in addition to other measures.

“We are now expanding the piggery so that we can provide pigs to the abattoir and for our own use.  We would really like to be self-sufficient as it pertains to our meat so in the not too distant future, we will embark on the construction of a poultry farm. We are also in the process of extending our farms so that we can be self-sufficient in provision and vegetable and other stocks,” the prison official revealed.

Edmund said that since the advent of the global pandemic, all visits to the Dominica State Prison have ceased and this has placed an additional burden on the inmates and staff members.

“As a result of the COVID,  we had to introduce a quarantine unit. When inmates are received, they go into that unit and the necessary protocol is followed before they join the general population,” he added.

The acting Chief called on the relevant authorities to invest in the human resources of the sole prison on the island as that institution is in dire need of the additional assistance.

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  1. Nkrumah Kwame
    December 7, 2020

    Same old VISION LESS GOVERNMENT!! No need to say more. Yet we have ACCOMPLISHED more than any other government in the history of Dominica!!👍😆😹🤣😬😱😱🙄😒. Dominica finish with all you “running things”.

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    • click here
      December 8, 2020

      they managed to achieve more destruction than any other. Social systems on an all time low, economy staggering, division between the people, wastes resources and state revenue. They have achieved the most.

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  2. kubulol
    December 7, 2020

    Good idea for the fence ; what about drone delivery ?

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  3. click here
    December 7, 2020

    HIGHLY laughable. Only now, almost 2021, have our leaders and authorities realized this. I tell you in Dominica is either laziness, lack of common sense, or a lack of forward thinking-ness that is our biggest problem. Oh and i forgot pride. Because you cannot tell me, the state prison only now realizes that it needs a buffer zone or AT LEAST higher walls, not fence. I mean look at the picture. that is a public road leading to people’s homes across the street. any child can throw stuff over the fence on a daily basis. Its these sorts of mediocrities that continue to make me shake my head in this country. Many does want to continue to make excuses for this kind of thing, even wanting to try to ridicule you when you speak up about it.

    Another concern is the state of the cells at the police station. Human right people need to have a look. Its not fit for animals i have heard. We lack any kind of standard here.

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    • Man bites dogs
      December 7, 2020

      Click here, After reading your comments you and many others like you should go to a different place out of this planet earth to find perfect Ness then come back and tell us!!!

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      • click here
        December 8, 2020

        because we dont like mediocrity? Because we see the nonsense on a daily basis, but the authorities in charge of certain things act like they are deaf or blind until it suits their own agenda? Because we have people like you who act like people like me should just come out there because we see it fit to comment on nonsense? For example, the canefield cliff will be coming down sooner than we expect. Should i stay quiet or leave Dominica when disaster strikes? and not say is nonsense they was doing all along? Its not a matter of perfectness. Its a matter of being proactive and have at least SOME SORT OF STANDARD. For years i know about people tossing stuff into the prison. When i pass there i see how VERY possible it is. The superintendant himself has complained…but nothing. But i must leave the earth to find perfection, for absolutely simple stuff that anyone with common sense can see. keep soutiwaying, until you or your family is affected. your attitude is a detriment to the nation.

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        • Man bites dogs
          December 8, 2020

          Click, maybe you have never been to bigger countries and flapping about like a turkey 🦃 I will tell you no matter what security put in place high walls electronic security fence man will still overcome it with illegal drugs and more! The trouble is with guys like you so-called Workers followers all of you are professors and scientist.

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