New maximum security facility on the way for BDOC

New maximum security facility on the way for BDOC
An aerial view of The Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC).

Plans for a new maximum security facility at the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC) were announced Thursday.

According to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Eugene Poitier, the new facility is part of major changes to the BDOC.

Poitier, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for inmates yesterday said, there are also plans in the making for new training programs.

“We are looking at totally revamping,” Poitier said.

“We are coming up with a master plan to revamp the prison structurally and operationally.

“We are planning on building a new maximum security unit and putting in place programming that will allow people to be truly rehabilitated, and able to operate as functional productive citizens, when they come out.”

In 2016, the government’s Parole Re-entry Steering Committee recommended upgrades to the correctional facility, which included new staff guidelines and procedures.