Dpt of Corrections Refutes Claims of Inmate Unrest at Tower Street

The Department of Correctional Services is refuting a claim that no warder attended to an ill inmate at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston early this morning.

Nationwide News understands prisoners were restive at the Facility previously known as the General Penitentiary, GP.

It’s understood the prisoners became restive after quick attention wasn’t given to the sick man. In audio obtained by Nationwide News, the prisoners can be heard making noises to get the attention of the warders.

It’s understood several inmates in a cell tried to get the attention of warders at Tower Street early this morning in an effort to prevent another from dying.

Nationwide News understands the ill inmate was suffering from an asthma attack. In the audio obtained by our new centre, the prisoners can be heard hitting the cell.

An inmate in another cell says the prisoners were trying to get the attention of the warders for about an hour. His voice has been distorted to protect his identity.

An inmate at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston.

When Nationwide News contacted the Superintendent in charge of the facility, AD Brown, this morning, he said he wasn’t aware of the incident. He referred our news centre to the Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter.

The Department of Correctional Services’ Corporate Communications and Public Relations Officer, Dexter Thompson spoke with Nationwide News. He says the claim in the audio is false.

Mr. Thompson says the inmate was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, KPH, shortly after he was treated at the prison.

When Mr. Thompson was asked about the noises being heard in the audio our news centre obtained, he expressed that he had no information of inmates being restive.

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