Archbishop to hold mass at Port-of-Spain prison tomorrow

Newly-appointed Archbishop of Port-of-Spain, Jason Gordon, will be delivering an inaugural mass at the Port-of-Spain Prison, Frederick Street, on Wednesday.

The Prison Service says the mass will begin at 9 am and that the Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson and other members of the executive will attend.

Archbishop Gordon was installed as the 11th Archbishop of Port-of-Spain on December 27th, 2017

The 58-year-old Bishop replaced Archbishop Joseph Harris who tendered his resignation to the pope when he turned 75 years old earlier this year.

Prison to probe WiFi in jail

Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson says an investigation has been launched after yet another video began circulating on social media which was filmed behind bars.

In the most recent video, an inmate is overheard abusing another demanding the new password for WIFI.

The inmate, who could not be seen, was heard threatening the other inmate saying he changed the password and he “spends his money to get his internet.”

In an interview yesterday, Wilson said he saw the video and already began preliminary investigations.

Dillon: New laws to target cop, prison officer killers

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said yesterday that his ministry was examining the law to go after people who commit offences against members of the protective services.

Dillon made the comment in response to a question posed by Opposition Senator Saddam Hosein who enquired what steps Government had taken to safeguard the lives of prison officers during the sitting of the Senate.

Hosein’s question came on the heels of the murder of prison officer Davendra Boodooram who was shot dead last Friday after leaving work at the Port-of-Spain State Prison.

No prison visitations on Thursday

The Prison Service is advising that visitations to all prison establishments have been cancelled for Thursday, February 01, 2018.

A statement by the Prison Service says this cancellation is effected in order to facilitate the attendance of prisons officers to the funeral service of slain Prisons Officer II Davendra Boodooram.

The Prison Service says that normal visitations will resume on Friday, February 02, 2018.


Prison officers stay off the job

Prison officers fearing for their lives have started staying away from duty in the wake of the murder of their colleague Davendra Boodooram, who was killed after leaving work at the Port-of-Spain State Prison on Friday.

Others claim that their lives were being threatened.

In an interview yesterday, one of Boodooram’s colleagues said some officers were staying away from duty and even contemplating tendering their resignations.