Guyana’s Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, on a visit to Saint Lucia this week, spoke of the need for persons with the right behavior patterns and training to be employed in the prison system
Samuels told St Lucia Times that for some reason, inmates seem to be able to quite easily convince prison officers who are ‘on the wrong side’ to continuously carry out their bidding.
“So despite systems in place to stem the flow of contraband in the prison, those corrupt officers, who quite often collude with each other, make the chain of moving contraband into prison a safe one for them because they look out for each other,” he observed.
“It is our hope that the use of technology in terms of CCTV will also aid in detecting those persons who are involved in such trade and have them either dismissed from the service, or if there is need for them to be imprisoned based on the magnitude of the offence they have committed, to be able to do so successfully,” Samuels stated.
While here the Guyanese official paid a visit to the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).