If you were planning to visit a relative or friend at any of the nation's prisons tomorrow, change your plans.
The Office of the Commissioner of Prisons has announced that visitations to all prison establishments have been cancelled for Wednesday October 11, 2017.
The statement says that this cancellation is effected in order to facilitate the attendance of prisons officers to the funeral service of slain Prisons Officer I, Richard Sandy.
The statement says that normal visitations will resume on Thursday October 12, 2017.
A man who escaped from the Carrera Island Prison two years ago has been shot and killed by police.
Leroy Mohammed, also known as “Redo” was confronted by police officers after they visited a squatting settlement in Cashew Gardens, Chaguanas.
Police reports state that Mohammed shot at police officers who subsequently returned fire.
He was hit several times about the body and was pronounced dead at the Chaguanas Health Facility.
Mohammed had been imprisoned for 12 years for an offence of robbery with aggravation.
Police have been called in to probe the disappearance of another set of keys at the Port-of-Spain Prison last week.
Prisons officers confirmed yesterday that the cell keys to the doors of all the cells at the prison had been missing since some time last week. Officers were put on alert after the keys were discovered missing and they subsequently locked down the prison. The keys were later discovered in the pants pocket of a prison guard’s uniform.
Contacted on the issue yesterday, assistant Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan confirmed the incident.
President of the Prison Officers’ Association (POA) Ceron Richards is threatening to take the state to court if something is not done soon about deplorable conditions at the Port-of-Spain Prison.
The report by the T&T Guardian reveals that the Food Service Department is a major source of concern.
A prison source sent photos showing large rats and cats inhabiting the ration room/diet shed and kitchen where inmates prepare meals daily.