JM | Nov 30, 2022

Correctional officer arrested after attempted smuggling at Adult Correctional Centre

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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A Correctional Officer assigned to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre was arrested last night (November 29) following his attempt to smuggle prohibited articles into the institution.

The officer was in the process of entering the correctional centre when his behaviour caught the attention of his superior officers. A resulting search led to the discovery of three packages, one containing a cellular phone and the other two containing what appeared to be marijuana.

The Elletson Road Police were contacted and the officer was arrested.

Department of Correctional services (Photo: Facebook @Department of Correctional Services, Jamaica)

The leadership of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) strongly condemns the smuggling of prohibited articles into correctional centres. The Corrections Act (Amendment) 2021 clearly defines prohibited articles, as well as provides for harsher penalties for Correctional Officers attempting to introduce such prohibited articles into correctional centres and for inmates found with these articles.

The Amendment has created a modern legal framework for the department to operate and
provide resources for correctional services to be undertaken in a specific manner; and will
become enforceable to determine the appropriate sanctions in these circumstances.


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