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Report on Prison Conditions in Jamaica


being served), exercise, or relax, or merely be outside the hot and oppressive block in the open air; two were even keeping up a football in the alleyway, which is barely a metre wide.


General Population i. Regime:


Te general populations of SCACC and TSACC share a broadly similar regime: • Inmates are mustered at around 6.30-7am.


• Breakfast is then served.


• Tey are unlocked at around 8.30-9am, permitted time to slop out, to bathe, and to collect water.


• Inmates are then permitted time out of their cells to exercise or take part in activities until they are again mustered and receive lunch at around 11.30am- 12pm.


• After lunch inmates are again permitted time out of their cells.


• Inmates are then permitted to collect more water, and supper is served around 3pm.


• Lockdown until the next morning takes place at around 3-3.30pm.


Inmates are thus permitted around five or six hours outside their cells each day, although this includes time to bathe and to collect water. Whether they are locked down during lunch depends on staffing levels and the individual institution. At all other times, the inmates exist in the conditions described below.


ii. Cell Conditions


Although the structure of the cell blocks at SCACC and TSACC differs somewhat, the similarities between the cells are such that it is useful to give a general description of cell conditions at the two institutions, before a narrative description is given of an individual block at each. Te cells generally accord with the description of a death row cell given above, although single occupancy is rare in the general population.


Each cell at SCACC and TSACC measures around 1.5 x 3 metres2 with a relatively tall


ceiling, which can be around 2.5-3 metres high. Te walls and floor are hard stone. Tere are no beds in the cells.18


Inmates sleep either on thin sponge mattresses, or cardboard,


or simply against the stone itself, with a sheet if they possess one. Te Correctional Institution Rules require that that each prisoner is provided with adequate bedding,19 but it is acknowledged by Correctional Services that, due to lack of resources, this is not always possible, and many prisoners have no bedding to speak of whatsoever.


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With very limited exceptions for inmates who have gained exceptional privileges, such as orderlies. Rule 144.


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