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Portable prison cells offer 'breathing space' as number of inmates increases

Temporary solution to help 'overspill' says deputy governor

Prisoners who are nearing the end of their sentences could be housed in portable buildings to give ‘breathing space’ on the main wings at the Isle of Man Prison.

Twenty-four single occupancy cabins have been installed at the facility in Jurby as a way of tackling issues with capacity.

The cabins – which are the same as those used for TT accommodation on the old prison site in Douglas – arrived on the Island last week.

Earlier this week a Manx advocate raised concerns about the accommodation saying he was concerned about the conditions his client would face if sentenced to custody.

In Tynwald, in March, Justice and Home Affairs Minister Jane Poole-Wilson outlined a number of issues around capacity - you can find out more HERE.

Since then the prison population has increased further.

The Isle of Man Prison can accommodate 141 prisoners – it’s believed there are currently 134 people behind bars.

Deputy Governor Martin Phillips told Manx Radio the new accommodation is a temporary solution to help with ‘overspill’:

The cabins will be subject to the same security measures as the main prison.

 

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