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Part Two: St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre

Tere are no toilets in any of the cells, inmates are required to slop out, and each has a bucket for this purpose. None of the cells have running water. Te amount of drinking water available to an inmate is dependent on the volume of receptacles he can collect and retain in his cell in which to carry it. None of the cells have windows; some have a small barred vent high up on the rear wall of the cell, as per the description of death row given above. Other than that, the only ventilation comes from the barred door at the front of the cell, which depending on the block and the institution, may lead onto an internal corridor running between two rows of cells, or onto an external corridor running along the front of a single row of cells and facing out into the open air. On certain blocks, the front doors to the cells are solid, and so permit no ventilation – or light – to penetrate the cell at all.

None of the cells have light sockets or working electricity inside. Tere are electrical sockets on the walls outside many of the cells, and if permitted and able to afford light bulbs, inmates may run bare wires from the sockets into bulbs in their cells to provide themselves with light during the 18 hours a day they spend locked down. If not able to use electric light, inmates, dependant on the cell block they inhabit, may be able to rely on the small amount of light that might come from the front door of the cell in the daylight hours. Te provision of light is, therefore, an arbitrary process, and carries with it obvious safety risks.

Whilst every cell at SCACC and TSACC is intended for single occupancy, the norm is to have 3 inmates sharing a cell. Accordingly, each inmate is afforded around 1.4 metres2 in which to sleep and spend the majority of his day. In some cases, up to five inmates share a cell of the same size described. In a cell containing five men, each has a tiny 0.8 metres2

recommends a minimum of 4 metres2

in which to exist. Te European Committee for the Prevention of Torture cell space per prisoner. Tis would be roughly

equivalent to each Jamaican inmate having his own cell. However, without a new prison being built, this is simply a logistical impossibility in Jamaica.

Te Correctional Institution Rules specify that every inmate should occupy a single cell, but acknowledge that, due to lack of available accommodation, this may not be possible. However, they specifically prohibit the sharing of a cell by more than three persons:

147(1) Accommodation in an adult correctional centre may be either in cells or in dormitories and, subject to the provisions of paragraph (2), where the accommodation is in cells, every inmate shall occupy a separate cell.

(2) Subject to any regulations made under section 82 of the Act with respect to the management and operation of correctional institutions, where by reason of lack of accommodation in the adult correctional centre or for medical or other reasons it is necessary that inmates be associated, then, not more than three inmates (none of whom shall be under sentence of death) shall be permitted to occupy one cell.


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