Government to use technology to block cellphone calls and text message from prisons
Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar stayed clear from any of the allegations of a ‘Cabal’ within the ruling UNC or any of the recent claims made by former Minister Jack Warner.
Instead the Prime Minister tonight told party supporters in Gasparillo at the party’s Monday Night Forum that she has no time for old talk adding that the fight against crime remains her Government’s priority.
Persad Bissessar announced tonight that as Chair of the National Security Council she will take action against the use of cellphones by prisoners behind police walls by use of technology.
She said “The NSC has moved to implement mobile phone signals jammers. This technology can find phones and block calls as well as text messages from unapproved numbers within our prisons. We will cut them off, “declared the Prime Minister.
She noted a personal interaction with a young man who spoke of his experience when he recognised he had received a phone call from an inmate in Golden Grove Prison lasting 10 minutes.
She said “You would think when the courts put the criminals behind bars that would end the problem.
But far from it! It was not the first time I heard such a story but I told myself then, that enough is enough!”
She reminded her audience that the former PNM administration also faced the challenge. She said “Let me remind you of a frightening statistic that came from the former PNM National Security Minister, Martin Joseph. Joseph told the Senate in 2008 that there was an unprecedented amount of illegal cellphones being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago prisons. He even quoted a figure – 1184 cell phones over a six-year period”.