Five prisoners test positive for tuberculosis

Five prisoners have tested positive for tuberculosis.

Four of the inmates were housed at the maximum-security prison and one at the remand facility.

According to a press release from the prisons service, the prisoners recently exhibited symptoms of tuberculosis and were examined.

After testing positive they were immediately taken to the Caura medical facility for treatment.

The areas where they were housed were sanitized and continuous testing and screenings are being conducted.

Man held in connection with aiding and abetting prison escapees

A man well known to police was arrested at his one Woodbrook place apartment last night for allegedly aiding and abetting the two escapees Olatunji Denbow and Michael Findlay who remain at large.

Investigators told Guardian Media the suspect who had a string of matters previously in court, including murder was held by a team of police officers from the Port of Spain task force under the supervision of inspector powder sometime last night.

He remains in police custody at the Besson Street police station.

Wrong prisoner identified as escapee

According to police reports, it was believed that an inmate identified as Kyle Belgrove escaped with the group of men, however, prison officials say he was reportedly found in another cell during a prisoners headcount.

The other escapee has been identified as Michael Findley.

Police say the 8 prisoners they are searching for are:  Kerry Valentino, Atiba Sealy, Joshua Janet, Olatunji Denbow,  Stefon Austin, Brent Johnson,  Michael Findley, and Mikhale Mohammed.

All-Points Bulletin issued for escaped inmates

The T&T Police Service says an All-Points Bulletin has been issued for eight inmates who escaped from the Remand Yard at Golden Grove Prison in Arouca on Tuesday night.

Prison sources told Guardian Media the men escaped through a hole in the wall from their cell in the south upper block of the prison.

They were discovered missing at 8.40 am today.

Woman held smuggling bullet into prison in sneakers

A fe­male vis­i­tor to the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison in Arou­ca was yes­ter­day ar­rest­ed af­ter she was found at­tempt­ing to smug­gle a live round of am­mu­ni­tion hid­den in a pair of sneak­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, some­time yes­ter­day the woman went to the prison say­ing that she was there to vis­it a 32-year-old in­mate who is cur­rent­ly serv­ing 24 months hard labour on a lar­ce­ny of­fence.

The in­mate is said to be a Ja­maican-born chef who has a lo­cal ad­dress in Mal­abar.

44 prisoners on Death Row

Forty-five inmates are waiting on death row for the hangman's noose that will never come.

One of them has been on death row for 23 years.

Housing Minister Edmund Dillon, who fielded questions on behalf of the National Security Minister in the Lower House yesterday, made the disclosures in response to Opposition questions.

Death by hanging is part of this country's laws, but the Privy Council's ruling in the Pratt and Morgan case says it is inhumane to execute an inmate more than five years after sentencing.

10 psychologists for MSP

Cab­i­nethas ap­proved ten psy­chol­o­gists and two phar­ma­cists for prison of­fi­cers at the Max­i­mum Se­cu­ri­ty Prison (MSP) in Arou­ca.

The MSP will al­so be pro­vid­ed with an up­grad­ed alarm sys­tem.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment Thurs­day was Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young at the post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann's.