A second Immigration Detention Centre ( IDC), which will be opened soon at the Eastern Correctional Facility, will accommodate males while the current IDC building at Aripo will house females.
National Security Minister Stuart Young announced this at yesterday’s post Cabinet media conference.
He said two of the eight people, who had escaped from the Aripo IDC on Wednesday, were held yesterday morning. At that time he said an active manhunt was on for the others and he had asked for a written report on the escape yesterday.
Young said he had also asked for resources to be put into the effort and “we are going to find these people.”
Young added that instructions were given to the Chief Immigration Officer and the ministry’s permanent secretary to take two certain steps which will make the IDC facility more secure.
He said he will be touring the Eastern Correctional facility next week and that building—when opened—will be able to house the same 150 number of people the Aripo facility holds.
That’s a total of 300 between both structures. He said they won’t be indefinite holding bays. Government is also building a prison facility for female minors costing $4million.
Young confirmed there has been concern about recent escapes including prison breaks.
He said, “There is an ongoing conversation with Golden Grove authorities and certain instructions have been given on how they can make the facilities more secure,”
On threats being made to a media personality following reports of gang problems at Oropoune housing development, Young said he asked the Police Commissioner to “do the necessary.”