Boys Training School repairs to cost $350K

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Cabinet has been informed that the anticipated cost of the current repairs to the Boys Training School will amount to more than $350,000.
The disclosure was made after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.
The school, which is a residential facility for young males some of whom are placed there by the court, currently has eight inmates.
According to Social Transformation Minister, Samantha Marshall, who has responsibility for the facility, much of the repair cost will be borne by the Juvenile Justice Programme of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
Noting that the government would have to cover any shortfall, Marshall said that on-going repairs at the facility is intended to upgrade it to international standards.
She said that two of the residents are expected to leave the facility by the end of this year when they would have served their time.
Meanwhile, Cabinet has agreed to the construction of a new minimum security prison, to be established on the prison farm.
The area will be fenced and, cells that consist of container houses will be purchased for the accommodation of low-security prisoners, and placed within the perimeter fence.
It is intended that the new facility will significantly reduce the overcrowding at Her Majesty’s Prison where more than 350 prisoners are at times housed in a facility that
was originally designed to accommodate half as many inmates.   

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