Antigua and Barbuda to relocate mentally unstable prisoners


The federal government of Antigua and Barbuda has unveiled plans to switch psychologically unstable inmates from the nation’s solitary correctional facility, His Majesty’s Jail, to a devoted institution.

As outlined in a current Cupboard report, the choice stems from the need to segregate mentally challenged people from the final jail inhabitants. 

The report emphasised the refurbishment of a constructing at Crabbes beforehand occupied by ABDF personnel for this goal.

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Useful resource allocation

Executing this plan calls for a considerable allocation of sources, as highlighted within the report. 

A complete workforce and help infrastructure are deemed vital to make sure the improved safety sought by each the Cupboard and the Court docket.

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This governmental initiative follows a directive issued by Excessive Court docket Choose Ann Marie Smith throughout a preliminary listening to involving homicide suspect Ziggy Beazer.

Beazer stands accused of the homicide of Leroy Caesar, a tragic incident purportedly occurring throughout a confrontation inside their shared cell at St. John’s Police Station in December 2021.

Complexities of psychological well being inside the jail system

With a prognosis of schizophrenia rendered by a psychologist, Beazer has been deemed unfit to face trial, accentuating the complexities surrounding managing mentally unwell inmates inside the jail system.

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Judicial mandate

In mild of Beazer’s troubled historical past, together with a previous accusation of homicide in 2020, Choose Smith directed Minister of Public Security Sir Steadroy Benjamin to safe an applicable facility for Beazer. 

Moreover, she mandated common knowledgeable analysis of his situation, to be reported each six months.

Pressure on psychological well being infrastructure

Antigua and Barbuda’s psychological well being facility presently operates at full capability, resulting in mentally unwell people being confined inside the jail. 

This example has been related to incidents of escape and violence, prompting the necessity for strategic intervention.