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Federation of Corrections calls for report on Tower Street prison fire

Arlington Turner, Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections
 
The Jamaica Federation of Corrections is calling for the Ministry of  National Security to release the report on the fire at Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston earlier this year.
 
On June 7, fire destroyed the George Davis Centre which housed mentally ill inmates.
 
Arlington Turner, Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, had pointed fingers at the inmates for starting the fire.
 
Speaking with RJR News Thursday morning, Mr. Turner said he is hoping that the report will answer this question among others.
 
"We need to know what transpired at Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre the day of the fire, how that fire started; we are very concerned. Why we are concerned is that the mentally ill inmates are still located within that vicinity," he asserted. 
 
He reiterated his call for the development of well equipped facilities to accommodate inmates with mental illness. 
 
Mr. Turner said he will also be holding the Ministry of National Security to its promise to upgrade prison facilities.
 
"Two days after the fire, the Junior Minister indicated pubicly that this sends a message that there needs to be an upgrading of the penal facilities, however, to date, we are not sure where those upgradings are taking place," he noted. 


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