Prison Superintendent, Albert Wade says work is to begin next week to refurbish the century-old kitchen at Her Majesty’s Prison.
The Prison Boss told state media the kitchen at the almost 300-year-old facility has begun to crumble.
He said plans to build a new kitchen in the prison did not come to fruition after renovation work, which started in 2015 came to a standstill.
Wade said: “over months now, the concrete is deteriorating even further, so much so, that the concrete that lines the roof of the kitchen itself started to break apart and fall about 2 to 3 weeks ago.”
Another part of the roof also reportedly collapsed on Monday.
Planned renovations at the prison include the construction of new cells and guard towers and refurbishment of bathroom facilities.
Meantime, Wade believes 250 cells will be ideal for a new jail to hold convicted prisoners in Antigua & Barbuda.
The government said it is in the negotiation stages to construct such as prison since Her Majesty’s Prison is currently filled well beyond its intended capacity.
Wade said since he has been and the prison in the last three years “we’ve reached very close to 230 sentenced inmates and so my guess would be a capacity of about 250”
He said if needs be two inmates could share a cell.
The plan is to convert HMP into a remand center once the new prison is constructed.
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