Space will be made available at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre in Kingston and the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine to house persons detained in St. James as part of the joint police/military operation now underway.
That’s according to National Security Minister, Robert Montague.
Speaking with JIS News, Minister Montague says a section of the Horizon facility has been designated for holding detainees from St. James. He says 50 spaces have also been identified at the Tamarind Farm facility.
Minister Montague says the move is geared towards protecting the rights of those detained during the State of Public Emergency in St. James. There’ve been concerns of overcrowding at the detention centres in the parish.
More than 400 people have reportedly been detained since the start of the operation.
Minister Montague says he’s aware of the overcrowding issues. But he says the information coming into the Jamaica Defence Force’s tip line has resulted in the high number of detentions.
Meanwhile, Minister Montague says he hopes wanted people to turn themselves in. He says their safety is guaranteed as security personnel on the ground in St James were trained in human rights and customer care service before the operations began.
The National Security Minister added that the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal is in place and Legal Aid is available for those who feel they need redress.