Antigua: Pay phones for prisoners

Antigua Observer:-Inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) may no longer feel the need to smuggle cellular phones into “1735” as the Government of Antigua & Barbuda is willing to amend its prisons policies in order to establish a pay phone system.

Minister of Public Safety Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin told OBSERVER media that “over the past few months”, prison authorities have observed that “many telephones are being smuggled into and out of the prison”, therefore the new policy would be “one way of placating prisoners”.

He said that the current proposal would allow family members to work out a system with the administration at HMP, where calling cards would be purchased and kept under the control of the superintendent.

The system would also allow inmates to request the use of the cards to make calls to their families.

“There are occasions where they may want to call their mothers or their family members to wish them happy birthday or a happy Christmas and we think that the statistics have shown this has a positive effect on the prison population,” Benjamin said.


  1. Francis
    December 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    This is really a nice step taken by antigua prison

  2. Anonymous
    December 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Let’s hope they are monitoring those calls. Inmates can use the telephone to intimidate witnesses in upcoming cases. They can also direct criminal activity from behind bars.

  3. M
    December 17, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    If they have smuggled in phones what else was being smuggled in? There’s a bigger question of competency of prison officers that must be addressed.