HC Deb 28 November 1951 vol 494 c1502
37. Mr. R. W. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware of the overcrowding of prisons in Jamaica; and what steps are being taken to deal with this matter.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Government of Jamaica have sought to relieve overcrowding by the construction of additional buildings in the existing prisons and of a new "open" prison for 200 first offenders. I am asking the Governor for a report on the position and I will write to the hon. Member when I receive it.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that meanwhile overcrowding amounts in some instances to 50, 60 and sometimes 70 per cent. above what the numbers should be, and is he giving further advice with a view to relieving this serious state of affairs?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

We very much hope that overcrowding will diminish partly through the provision of new facilities and partly through the decline in the amount of crime.

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