Under UPP Administration, Lovell envisions a self-supporting prison with improved conditions for both officers and inmates

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REAL NEWS: A self-supporting prison is a concept that Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), hopes will become a reality under a UPP Administration.

Lovell envisions that His Majesty’s Prison could become a production hub for goods and crafts made by inmates, as happens in other parts of the world. In this way, he says, the penal facility could help to support itself.

Under a UPP Administration, he says, a training facility would be set up for inmates, with the goal of them becoming entrepreneurs after having served their sentences.

Meanwhile, speaking about the conditions that forced a number of prison officers into a vocal protest on Monday, Lovell says he wants to see a total reform of the institution.

This will include not only the construction of a new corrections facility, but modern management of the way incarceration is handled.

The Political Leader admits that he was appalled to hear the challenges faced by the staff and, in some instances, the inmates at His Majesty’s Prison.

However, he notes that some of these issues are not unique to “1735” – as the Prison is commonly called – but are prevalent in other government departments, including the Fiennes Institute and the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital, where workers have also downed tools.

Accordingly, Lovell promises that a UPP Administration would address these issues as a matter of urgency, improving conditions for employees.

He also acknowledges that the current condition of the Prison negatively impacts those serving time and even persons on remand. Those sent to the penal facility should be treated better than what now obtains, he says.

Meanwhile, because of new rules at the Prison, the complaining officers are being accused of taking industrial action.

Notwithstanding this, they insist that they are facing unsanitary conditions in the slow removal of garbage and solid waste; a lack of functional toilets; inconsistent running water; no drinking water; having only one working phone; and having to work multiple shifts but not being provided with meals.

The Prison, according to the officers, is grossly understaffed, with a ratio of 20 inmates to one officer. As a result, they say, they are overwhelmed to the point of being unable to function properly.

The officers have denied that their action is political.

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  1. Give the child the candy please…..he has suffered enough. I am beginning to become sorry for these #UPPNEARGA

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  3. A mere 5 years Bowen spent in that place.

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      • Mrs. DIRON RUTTY-BOWEN was MARRIED to SHERFIELD BOWEN when he SHOT TESSA BARTHLEY R.I.P IN HER NECK!!

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  4. No doubt a new prison facility is needed…but all the world prisons are big private business….they were willing to sell every statutory body in Antigua 🇦🇬…I have a brilliant idea for the UPP…let’s sell the prison and it’s assets…
    I’m sure Lovell has an investor lined up to purchase..or he can easily find one to build the self supporting prison..brilliant idea.

  5. In his evidence, Police Constable Sean Wayne said that at about the time of the incident, he was driving in the vicinity of the Church when he saw the ambulance close to BOWEN’s office. He alighted from his car and saw a YOUNG WOMAN LYING ON THE STREET BLEEDING FROM THE NECK!!!!!! He also saw Bowen who appeared to be worried. 

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  6. A few of UPP Candidates should be at 1735. Bunch of Criminals. Lovell cannot win His seat. How the hell Lovell wants to be Prime Minister. UPP DEAD.

    ABLP 17 SEATS

    UPP. 00 SEAT

  7. VC Bird Senior should have been Jailed.
    Lester Bird should have been Jailed.
    Gaston Browne should be in Jail
    Cutie Benjamin should be in jail
    Robin Yearwood should be in jail
    Molwyn Joseph should be in jail
    Another Michael should be in jail
    Hugh Marshall Sr should be in jail
    Max Fernandez should be in jail

    • I don’t disagree with the premise that politicians should be held accountable for their actions, I’d support any party that wanted to set up a truly independent body with the power to investigate and prosecute corruption within the government, whether that be ministers or low paid public servants.

      But that ain’t gunna happen, so your list will continue to grow. Oh btw, what makes you so sure that the other party is so pure? This blinkered red/blue way of thinking just allows the political class to do whatever they want.

      Divide and conquer said Julius Caesar, as true today as it was 2000 years ago.

      • @ Honerable52

        Let me tell you, for example:

        GUNS TO COLOMBIA: VERE BIRD
        ROYDAN FARM: HILROY HUMPHRIES
        GASTON: ODEBRECHT
        CHET: FOOTBALL
        ROBIN: IHI
        MOLWYN: ROLLS ROYCE
        do you want more Mr Honerable52?

  8. Lovell doesn’t realize what is happening presently. Prisoners are used to building homes for the less fortunate called Happy Homes. Prisoners are used to doing their own farming. Prisoners are studying at UW Five Island online program. And much more. But what Lovell should understand is that in our constitution you cannot force any prisoner to do any work. The laws of forced hard labour are one. And we have signed treaties. I wish this guy would wake up and see what is going on in our country. Cause he sounds foolish when uttering these things that are already done.

    • @ From The Sideline

      So prisoners have not been building homes and working farms since time immemorial?
      I know because I lived in Yorks for years.
      What Lovell is addressing (amongst other things), is the raid of prisoners by the PM to build houses without compensation to them for NAMCO, another enrichment avenue. Nothing the PM touches is for free, he sees $$$$$$$. Happy Homes is not a novelty, maybe the name is, but the concept has been around since VC’s days. You seem to know so much, are you his Chief of Staff.

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