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Prison launching independent monitoring board

Work on Cayman’s new independent monitoring board is continuing and it has the full support of Cayman’s new Governor Martyn Roper. He said with the new body in place, the prison will meet all international and human rights standards and provide better security at Northward. Home Affairs Minister Hon. Tara Rivers said the new independent monitoring board will go a long way in securing a better Cayman.

“A lot of work is being done by the prison director, his team members of the ministry policy team to look at how we can build a stronger prison service. As a government, we are getting value for money spent and we are achieving what we as a country would like to achieve which is building safer, stronger communities and of course the prison system is apart of our community,” said Ms. Rivers.

Cayman’s Governor Martyn Roper visited the prison on Monday (5 November.) He said the new prison board has the support of the United Kingdom.

“This is being set up with the help of the UK but with independent appointed people here on the Cayman Islands,” said Governor Roper.

Mr. Roper said the project will bring additional security within the prison walls.

“This will help provide some supervision and surveillance, a check of the prison coming in and checking on the facilities and providing some feedback to the prison facilities,” said Governor Roper.

Back in August, interim prisons director Steven Barret addressed the issue of security at the prison and said “we are currently with the support of government sourcing some additional technology that will be used to tighten up security at the front of the prison, so everybody and anyone entering the prison will go through security procedures that will be similar to, or perhaps slightly more robust than the security arrangements then you need at the airport.” No official date has been released for the installation of the additional surviellence technology at the prison.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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