Executive Director of Stand Up for Jamaica, Carla Gullotta, is renewing calls for a specific category of prisoners to be released following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in some correctional centres across the island.

According to Ms Gullotta the penal institutions are overcrowded which makes it impossible for prisoners to comply with the Covid-19 protocols.

She listed people who are being held for not paying a ticket as a category of inmates who should be considered for release.

Ms Gullotta also shared that mentally ill inmates who are unfit to plea should also be released.

Carla Gullotta, Executive Director of Stand Up For Jamaica.

According to the Department of Correctional Services’ website 15 inmates from Horizon Adult Remand Centre tested positive for Covid-19 as well as 20 inmates from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre and nine inmates from South Camp Adult Correctional Centre.