Containers To House Prisoners At New Remand Prison

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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.”

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17 COMMENTS

  1. These containerized units look claustrophobic. I hope the government will be having frequent maintenance checks on these air condition units to avoid the cut off of constant air flow in these containers…this will help to avoid serious accident like death. I don’t know why the government did not fabricate some temporary plywood structures instead. Do these containerized units have indoor bathroom and toilet? Or the slap-pail will be using in these containers in an air condition environment? Again, they are on remand and have not been convicted of any crimes yet.

  2. These containerized units look claustrophobic. I hope the government will be having frequent maintenance checks on these air condition units to avoid the cut off of constant air flow in these containers…this will help to avoid serious accident like death. I don’t know why the government did not fabricate some temporary plywood structures instead. Do these containerized units have indoor bathroom and toilet? Or the slap-pail will be using in these containers in an air condition environment? Again, they are on remand and have not been convicted of any crimes yet. There is a human rights law.

    • Probably no, no and definitely no human rights law. Unless you are a British cop extradited to A&B. Just when you think you have seen it all they come up with this crap. Amazing.

    • If you drive on Herberts Main Road going from Potters to ALL Saints Road after you past VEG you will see on your right a guy who build his home from 40 feet containers. You may stop and ask him is you can look around and see if it is claustrophobic

  3. Lol Jack & Jill please utilise google/ bing/ Firefox / Safari or what ever other search engine you have to look up the use of trailers as houses . God you people talk so much and read so little that even your intelligent attempt at criticism comes off as juvenile and ignorant.

    • I know about these type of housing containers I have used one in Oklahoma while working on a project for the USA Airforce. When the air cond is broken, the window and door have to be open until it is fix. The one I was in didn’t have indoor toilet or any plumbing. I have seen a few that have indoor plumbings.

  4. Awful!…for a country that is jumping up in the air and claiming it will become a power House this is ridiculous. Risk of Suffocation and poisoning from faulty Aircon (which killed a family at a holiday resort), fire risk, infection control, risk of electricution, the right to fresh air. GOAB would have been better to digitally TAG these people and hold them under house arrest.

  5. Plane Jane, what the person is trying to say it might not b a great idea to have shit in a little space where there are AC.

  6. What an awful idea. Just the picture gives me the creeps. Potentially worse than 1735.
    What about a new prison ? Anything in the budget?

  7. Why them so damn lie. No land clear or fenced at the prison farm and these containers are not the actual thing. Bwoy when will ANR get real serious about investigation and ask them to prove and not just send out photos. I’m a prison officer I know for a fact that those are not the containers neither is any land fence or cleared up there in recent times

  8. Bad management…bad ideas… bad solutions…we need capable people….people who know how to leverage costs versus effectiveness…we need people who care…

  9. So, after reading this story I rushed down to the prison farm to see for myself…. Low and behold the prison Farm is exactly as it was yesterday… Maybe it is at the other prison farm and not the one close to Potworks dam…. I am sorry but Cutie and Gaston only say what they think we want to hear…. Another failure…

  10. My first reaction, and as someone who works in the corrections field abroad, is that the containers look horrific. However, it is difficult to ascertain without any pictures of the inside. Is there indoor plumbing for example, and if the a/c breaks down, there appears to be totally inadequate ventilation and natural lighting.
    Fresh air is also vital for well being and to prevent the spread of germs. Where has common sense been in this development?

  11. Prisoners housed here will be much better off than those at 1735. As we can see the container are equipped with Air Conditioning. 1736 is a real dump. And by the way this suggestion was made a year or so ago. Thanks for listening to our suggestions. I wonder who will supply the containers and get the big money.

  12. Certainly this is NOT a shot in the dark. It can work. I have seen it in Jamaica, in 1992 when I was Head of the Antigua/Barbud Prisons as its Superintendent from 1985 to 1995 and again from Nov, 2006 to Feb, 2009. I was returning from a Heads of Prisons Conference in Cayman Islands, and passed through Jamaica. At the GUN Court in Jamaica, there were a number of 20 and 40 feet Containers that were being used to housed the Inmates. They were properly ventilated, with face basins, and toilet facilities, in addition to the Windows. Like I say before “It can WORK” However, I wish that it will ONLY be used for a very short while, say 12 to 18 months, while thje REAL Concrete structure will be built…In short this Containerized housing should be ONLY used during the period the the Main buildings are being constructed.

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