Last July the Prisons minister stated that jamming technology was vital for stopping the use of drones to smuggle items in and out of prison. The minister has had 5 months to work on the roll-out of this technology so I thought it was fair to ask how many prisons have this technology.
The answer I got was “not that many prisons”. The minister wants to learn from Guernsey prison to see how we roll this technology across the estate. The minister has had some time now to implement this and each day it is not in place the risk of phones, drugs and weapons being smuggled into our prisons increases.
Parliament returned today and first order of business was Justice Questions. As you know, I was re-elected to sit on the Justice Select Committee – responsible for holding the Government to account on how they run prisons and the courts – so I was eager to press the Government on what has occurred over the summer.
In particular I wanted to raise the recent rise in incidents of drones being used to smuggle banned items into prisons and on those who have escaped from prison. The Minister gave an inconclusive answer that begs more questions. The Justice Committee will be reconvened shortly and I will be pressing further for a decent answer.