Camp Street blaze…says Govt thinking over structure of new facilityGovernment will be going back to the drawing board to consider a new structure to house prisoners at the Camp Street penitentiary, President David Granger has said.The Head of state said the condition of the facility has rendered it inadequate,President David Granger; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo along with fire and prison service officials on Tuesday at the flattened Georgetown Prisonnoting that the fire on Sunday was an “accident waiting to happen”.Granger made the remarks moments after leaving the Camp Street premises which were gutted on Sunday by fire, allegedly started by death row inmate Royden Mark Durant, also known as Mark Williams and “Smallie”. The President, along with his team of Cabinet members, visited the facility to get a first-hand view of the aftermath.According to President Granger, Government will have to go back to the drawing board to determine whether it is appropriate to have a facility such as the Prison at the centre of the city.“The three major prisons were constructed by the British in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. This was adequate maybe 120 years ago, certainly it is not adequate now, so we will definitely have to go back to the drawing board to decide whatever facility we’ll need. But we are not going to have the same type of facility here again,” the Head of State said outside the gates of the Prison ruins.He said the devastation was “almost total” and there were no intentions ofDrone shot showing some of the damage to the Georgetown Prison at Camp Streetrebuilding it as it were before.Asked whether Government was disappointed that better security measures were not taken to prevent such a recurrence, President Granger said the Administration was aware of the situation and was acting on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI).He said Government knew that it needed to strengthen Mazaruni, since money was provided and the Administration was in the process of expanding the facility at Mazaruni when the incident occurred.“This is an accident waiting to happen,” the President said, continuing that the New Amsterdam penitentiary was also in a fragile state.“So we are working as quickly as we could with the limited resources and we can assure you that at the end of it, the Ministry of Public Security will have a more secured prison that is not susceptible to this cycle of breakouts. This is the last breakout,” he said.“We are aware of the fragile structures that were erected over 100 years ago, andA firefighter puts out a small blaze that reignited at the Camp Street Prisonwe have done our best in the circumstances.”Among the recommendations of the CoI following the deadly prison fire in 2016 was the automatic release of prisoners, who were on remand once the time served equalled the sentence which the offence attracted. Further, maximum limits for the time inmates were on remand was also under consideration.It was also suggested that the high number of prisoners on remand was responsible for overcrowding in the prison system.Other recommendations to ensure reduction of overcrowding included the resolution of legal issues required, the abolishing of Preliminary Inquiries (PIs) as an urgent priority of the Judiciary; a robust programme of community-based sentencing alternatives and a piloting of alternative and community-based sentences with women and juvenile offenders.
LA VERNE — The Arcadia High School football team learned an important lesson on Friday night about the importance of playing all four quarters. The Apaches suffered a 42-25 defeat to Glendora High at Bonita High in their final tune-up before Pacific League play begins next week. Arcadia is 3-2 and visits Muir next Friday. Glendora scored on each of its five first half possession and built a 35-12 lead at halftime. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Tartans didn’t score again until there was less than two minutes remaining in the game as Arcadia’s defense woke up in the second half. “We made a couple of adjustments that helped us, but we just gave them too much in the first half,’ Apaches coach Jon Dimalante said. “We dug too deep of a hole, but we fought back tough. They never quit.’ The Apaches rallied on the arm of quarterback Travis Gowan, who threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. But when a team has a running back like Audarrius Bailey, which Arcadia does, it’s a bad sign when the quarterback makes 28 attempts. Bailey did his part, rushing for 133 yards on 15 carries. With the Apaches trailing for the most of the game, though, his role was limited. Arcadia cut the lead to 35-25 early in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown pas from Gowan to Ryan Rutherford. The Apaches got the ball back deep in their own territory with more than seven minutes left, but the drive ended when Gowan’s pass on fourth-and-short was tipped and fell incomplete. “We played well offensively, and Gowan played real well,’ Dimalante said. “We’re going to be a tough team to defend. We’re trying to become a good football team. “That (Glendora) is a quality (CIF-SS) Division II football team. They’re a big, physical team. This is going to give us some momentum going into league next week.’ Glendora put the game away after the incompletion. Tartans quarterback Brad Stockham connected with receiver Brandon Bryan for his fourth touchdown pass of the game. Glendora’s offense couldn’t be stopped in the first half. The Tartans mixed run and pass well enough to keep the Apaches off-balance. Arcadia was down 28-6 before Gowan got his team a bit closer late in the second quarter. The senior quarterback hit Jordan Larson on a 25-yard scoring strike with 1:08 left in the second quarter. The small amount of time remaining in the half was enough for Glendora to answer back. Stockham concluded a quick drive with a 12- yard touchdown pass to Bryan with 19 seconds left in the second quarter. Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!