School meals chefs to cook for prisoners

The National School Meals kitchen located on Sir George Walter Highway (file photo)

The minister responsible for prison, Steadroy Benjamin, has decided to have meals for the inmates and staff of Her Majesty’s Prison prepared at the government’s School Meals Programme, while construction work will be undertaken on the kitchen roof at the prison.

Both staff and inmates had expressed concern about their safety after the roof over the kitchen caved in, in early March.

It was claimed that prison staff and prisoners came together to prop up the roof with pieces of wood so they could continue to have use of the kitchen, since it was the only area where they could cook and store food.

Benjamin, told OBSEVER media that his government had taken “positive steps” to address this matter, and had come to a workable solution.

“We have agreed that, meals for the prisoners will be prepared for the time being at the School Meals Programme, until such time while school is on vacation, and in the meantime, work will be done at the prison, to ensure that by the end of August, the prison kitchen will be in working order,” the minister said.

The work has not yet begun, but it is anticipated that once it commences it will be completed within a month.

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