Prisoners go live on Facebook to demand improved security after inmate stabbed
Source: The Gleaner Jamaica
A group of women at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre have taken to Facebook Live demanding that the authorities take appropriate measures to secure them.
It follows Wednesday night's stabbing of an inmate in a dorm she shared with a prisoner awaiting trial for murder after allegedly stabbing a man to death while he was being searched by the police just over two years ago.
The attacker is before the court on a charge of unlawful wounding in connection with the stabbing of an inmate during an altercation last year.
In the Facebook video, the inmates accused prison officials of taking too long to respond to calls for help, saying it took more than 30 minutes before wardens accessed the cell to rescue the inmate.
They also maintained that the attacker should have been isolated.
This afternoon Dexter Thompson, the director of corporate communications and public relations at the Department of Correctional Services rejected claims that prison officials took long to rescue the victim.
"We moved expeditiously in this incident but you have to first note than an attack takes place in the matter of seconds and when that happens we have to ensure we minimise further causalities," he said.
Thompson also said the attacker had not been displaying behaviour that demanded isolated.
Meanwhile, he said the corrections service is doing everything it can to ensure that prisoners are safe.
The inmate has been hospitalised.