British MPs want more prisons built in Jamaica, other countries

British MPs want more prisons built in Jamaica, other countries

Friday, October 17, 2014

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LONDON, England (CMC) — Conservative backbenchers in the British Parliament have called for cash to be allocated to build prisons in developing countries, including Jamaica, to enable to deportation of "foreign criminals".

According to Member of Parliament for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, Britain should make it conditional to certain countries that aid would only be given if they accepted a prison-building programme.

The Telegraph newspaper quotes Hollobone as saying it was an "absolute outrage" (that) foreign criminals prisons could not be sent home because of the poor state of prisons in their home country.

British aid money to such countries as Jamaica and Pakistan should be "conditional" on it being spent on improving prisons, with nations that refuse to "cooperate" no longer getting cash, Hollobone continued.

He named Jamaica, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, India and Bangladesh as countries on the "list of shame" when it comes to foreign criminals in Britain.

The call came as Hollobone criticised the Government for spending more than £300 million a year on housing almost 11,000 foreign criminals in British prisons.

In response, Justice Minister Mike Penning said that providing foreign prisons met human rights standards,he did not think aid money should generally be spent on new prisons.

He added that Britain should deport foreign criminals even if the prisons they are going to "happen to be not quite up to the standard that they are in this country".

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