Parliament watchers of more than just a few years would not have been overly shocked or surprised at the outcome of last week’s debate on the Anti-Gang Bill 2017.
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New Inspector of Prisons appointed
The post of Inspector of Prisons has been filled after remaining vacant for over a year.
The Ministry of National Security in a statement yesterday announced the appointment of attorney Cedric Neptune for a period of two years.
The decision to appoint Neptune, a former police officer, was taken at Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, the release said.
The announcement came less than a week after the Law Association and Neptune’s predecessor Daniel Khan both wrote to National Security Minister Edmund Dillon complaining that the post had been left vacant for over a year.
The ministry said that Neptune had served as a police officer between 1988-2007 and had been called to the bar in 2001.
“Neptune was admitted to the legal profession in 2001 and practices Family Law, Property/Conveyancing Law, Non-contentious Probate Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Industrial Relations/Labour Law, Civil Litigation, Public Law and Contract Law,” the release said.
Under the Prison Act, the Inspector is required to inspect the nation’s prisons and remand facilities and to provide annual reports, inclusive of recommendations, to Parliament.
The T&T Guardian attempted to contact Neptune for comment but several calls placed to his cellphone went to voicemail.
During his tenure, which ended in July, last year, Khan submitted annual reports to the Government in which he described the conditions in local prisons as “disgusting and sickening”.
In addition to the conditions for both remand and convicted inmates, Khan also called for the reform of archaic prison rules to reduce incidents of prison beatings, which results in prisoners winning sizeable compensation from the State.