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Safer cell furniture is fitted at new prison 23 February 2007

SAFER cell furniture is being fitted in the 138 cells at the new prison, Jurby.

Each cell has a toilet and sink, modesty screen, work top, storage unit and bed plinth. The safer cell furniture has rounded edges and is fixed to the cell structure, minimising the risk of a prisoner self-harming.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle said:

‘Currently 140 personnel are working on site and they have started fitting the safer cell furniture in A, B, C and D wings. Safer cell furniture will also be fitted in the cells on E wing in a few weeks’ time.
‘Lighting columns are starting to be erected around the front car parking areas. Windows and doors continue to be fitted, along with block work which is on-going both internally and externally. Outside, the perimeter wall is 94% complete. It will be one of the last things to be finished because at the moment the gap is used for site access by the contractor. When it is finished, access will be through the main entrance only.’

Within the new prison, A and B wings will house adult male prisoners, C wing will be for young offenders and D wing for female prisoners. E wing has three sections of accommodation, including provision for health care and vulnerable prisoners.

The new prison at Jurby will enable the Isle of Man to meet international obligations on custody standards, while extending the provision of education and rehabilitation for prisoners.

A group of senior prison officers from across Britain and Ireland toured the new prison today (Friday). A total of 12 representatives of the Inter Prison Service Security Group are visiting the Isle of Man for their twice-yearly two-day conference.

Deputy Isle of Man Prison Governor Colin Ring has been a member of the group for the past four years.

He said:

‘This group shares advice and information on the latest security equipment and standards and has proved invaluable to me in the past. We’re one of the smallest prison services to be represented in the group – probably only Guernsey is smaller – but it means we can tap into the latest recommendations on security issues.’

The delegates, including representatives from Jersey, Guernsey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the Scottish Prison services, meet twice a year. The Isle of Man last hosted the meeting in 2005. The group’s next meeting with be held in the Republic of Ireland in June this year.

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