Jul 23, 2017 News
Following the recent fire and jailbreak at the Georgetown Prisons, there have been a variety of issues and questions raised. One such being how did combustible items get into the hands of prisoners?
Many have even sought to blame prison guards for probably smuggling in contraband items into the prison. The situation has been difficult to handle, particularly since there are no electronic scanners to ensure that prohibited items do not enter the confines of the prisons across Guyana.
However, this void is expected to be filled as soon as funding is made available to purchase the items. This is according to the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, on Friday during a press conference that was aimed at providing updates on the prison situation following the July 9 fire at the Georgetown Prison.
Samuels was asked how soon can scanners be installed at the various prisons to enhance the system. He said that the money to purchase the scanners has been catered for in the $500M being sought to finance the rehabilitation works at the Georgetown Prison and improving the situation at the Lusignan Prison.
Samuels said that as soon as the funds are approved, all of the necessary support technology will be bought and installed. He added that one such scanner has already been installed at the new holding facility at Lusignan.
Last November, Samuels did explain that prison authorities had budgeted for the items. He had indicated that the walk-through scanners that will be installed are similar to the ones used at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
He said that the equipment would have the ability to store information and allow prison officers to analyse footage and detect if an individual is carrying a prohibited item.
Moreover, Samuels had said that in addition to scanners, prison officials will be seeking to have equipment which can detect items prisoners conceal in their bodies.
He said that some prisoners have been suspected of hiding items in their rectums. Those that were suspected are usually sent to the hospital to undergo an examination to confirm or dispel suspicion.
Prisoners suspected of carrying items in their rectums would have to sit on the new devices and an X-ray scan will be done to ascertain what items is hidden if any at all. Samuels had indicated that one of the walk-through scanners cost about $12M.
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