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Minister praises staff at Jurby Prison 9 May 2008

Jurby Prison A WingMORE than 2,500 people took the opportunity to look round the Isle of Man’s new £41.7 million prison at Jurby.

The two public viewing weekends at the end of April and beginning of May were fully subscribed, with any late vacancies filled by those on the reserve lists.

Minister for Home Affairs Martyn Quayle MHK said:

‘As the new prison is one of Government’s largest capital projects, it was most important to open it up to the Manx public and I am pleased that it generated such a great deal of interest. The number of people visiting the facility was considerable and I’d like to express my gratitude to the staff at Jurby for their professionalism and commitment during the open days.’

Senior prison officer Karl Christian conducted some of the public tours and he added:

‘The general feedback was very positive. There was also a good appreciation from members of the public that the facility is a place of work as well as somewhere to detain the Island’s prisoners.’

Attention at Jurby will now turn to staff training and the final phase of fitting out the building ahead of the prison becoming operational.

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