30/09/2015

Deal Agreed On Jamaican Prisoners

The Prime Minister has announced a new agreement that will allow around 300 Jamaican's currently detained in British jails return home.

David Cameron made the announcement as he made the first visit to Jamaica by a UK Prime Minister in fourteen years.

It is understood that the deal, which will see the prisoners completing their sentences in Jamaica, has been in negotiations for a number of years.

As part of the deal, the UK will provide £25 million from the government's existing aid budget to help fund the construction of a new 1500 bed prison in Jamaica, overcoming one of the sticking points in the negotiations which had been the conditions in existing prisons in Jamaica. The prison is expected to be built by 2020 and from then returns will get underway.

The Prisoner Transfer Agreement is expected to save British taxpayers around £10 million a year once the first prisoners are returned from 2020 onwards.

Welcoming the agreement, the Prime Minister said: "It is absolutely right that foreign criminals who break our laws are properly punished but this shouldn't be at the expense of the hardworking British taxpayer.

"That's why this agreement is so important. It will mean Jamaican criminals are sent back home to serve their sentences, saving the British taxpayer millions of pounds but still ensuring justice is done.

"And it will help Jamaica, by helping to provide a new prison – strengthening their criminal justice system."

(MH/CD)

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