Chairman of the Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner says his members welcome the announcement by British Prime Minister David Cameron, to contribute to the building of a maximum security prison in Jamaica.

Britain says it will gift Jamaica at least £25-million, or JMD$4.5-billion, to assist with building the facility.

That plan, which will facilitate the relocation of some Jamaican prisoners serving time in Britain, has attracted much criticism and cynicism.

Mr. Turner says several promises have been made over the years to build a prison in order to ease the chronic overcrowding at the dilapidated facilities currently housing thousands of inmates.

He says the announcement from Britain is the first real move he has seen towards fulfilling the promise.

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Mr. Turner says the country is in desperate need of a new prison.

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