Containerized Units will be used to at the prison farm to house prisoners on remand, the government has said.
the Minister of Works says the area of the Prison Farm where the containers will be placed has been fenced.
“That enclosed acreage is to be used for the containerized units which will serve as a temporary prison for those persons on remand,” it was reported following Cabinet yesterday.
The current Prison on Coronation Road houses almost 300 prisoners, one-half of the inmates have been convicted; the other half is awaiting a trial date and are on remand.
All the remand prisoners who are not considered a risk will be transferred to the temporary housing, in order to ease overcrowding at the main facility.
According to the government, “the containerized houses will reach Antigua before March 31, 2019, and the facility ought to be completed within weeks afterwards.”