The means of keeping records at Her Majesty’s Prisons can now become easier.
Telecommunications provider, LIME, last week Thursday presented ten laptop computers to the authorities at the prison as it enhances the information technology.
In addition to the computers, LIME would make available to the prisons free for one year a 8Mb Broadband service.
The needs of the prison were brought home directly to the business community when they participated in a tour of the prisons on May 10 on the invitation of Commissioner of Prisons, Don Mc Kenzie.
During the visit, one of the persons who was among the touring party, Genevieve Gibbs indicated then that the business community saw the need for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within the prison system.
Gibbs who had been making every effort since then to see how some form of assistance can be provided to the institution, acknowledged that the work in rehabilitation continues to be dependant on the keen sense of civic responsibility and consequential generosity of members of the business community.
Gibbs stressed that the introduction of ICT at the prisons is aimed at providing a customised network of communication and information and would also act as a catalyst for effective and easily accessible departmental transactions and information.
On hand to witness the presentation was LIME’s Corporate Communications Manager, Josephine Walters who was also a member of the touring party earlier in the year to the prisons.
She described the presentation made by LIME as a dream come true.
According to Walters, after noticing how records of inmates are manually kept at the prisons, it was felt that “this painstaking task to keep the records of over four hundred inmates and the other persons who would have passed through the prison system was so antiquated” that there was need to have the records computerised.
LIME has even gone further to provide technical assistance to the prisons to ensure that a proper database was put in place.
ICT experts of the telecommunications provider would work along with the staff at the prisons to link the various areas so that record keeping and access to the records can be done in an easy and efficient manner.
“What you see today is clearly a demonstration of LIME playing its role as a good corporate citizen, and giving to areas where it’s most needed,” Walters said.
Commissioner Mc Kenzie who received the computers expressed his gratitude to the telecom provider for coming to their assistance.
He said the network that is being developed for use by the prisons would enable them to be able to check the records at a quicker pace and they would now be better able to do their record keeping in an efficient and effective manner.
“This donation… will assist the institution in better being able to equip ourselves, to provide better management for the inmates of the institution which, everyday, seems to be increasing and seems to be more diverse. Our task is hard, our resources are few,” he remarked.
As a means of showing its appreciation to LIME, Commissioner Mc Kenzie made a presentation of a plaque to the company.
The gift of computers has been made available from the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organisations (CANTO), and SaskTel International, which teamed up with LIME.
That collaboration comes under the Connecting the Caribbean Partnership scheme that is organised by CANTO.