Prison officials in Grenada have accused a section of the local media of aiding inmates in breaking the law.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Richmond Hill prison, Gerard Jones held a press conference Tuesday to refute recent reports carried in a certain section of the media.
Jones dismissed reports that the rehabilitation process at the prisons is not working and allaying fears about “a dark shadow” concerning two inmates who allegedly are on hunger strike in fear of being poisoned.
The PRO said he found it strange that inmates who fabricate the story will have links with the media.
According to Jones, the media should be aware of assisting the inmates to compound a felony as cellular phone at the prisons is illegal.
“So the persons in the media who would have done that engaged in law-breaking to the highest level, having a prisoner… speaking to them,” he said.
In addition, he said it is very irresponsible for persons to use the media to claim how negative the prison has become in terms of rehabilitation and security.
Like Jones, the person responsible for the Rehabilitation Programme at the Prisons, former inmate Christopher Stroude expressed similar sentiments about the link between media people and inmates.
Stroude warned that the media should be careful about whom it receives information from and suggested that the journalists were conned over report about the state of affairs at the prisons.
He said that a minority of inmates who have never been involved in any rehabilitation programme are only interested in having a permissive environment for the wrong things that they want to engage in.
“Once there are systems in place that prevent them from having their own way, and …. having a nice time without having to do anything in the jail, they’ll do anything to give the impression that things are so bad,” he added.
Stroude stated that one of the inmates who fabricated the story about poison in the food in the prison loves to have his own way, and once he cannot get it he gets into a temper-tantrum.
“It’s extremely important that the media be really careful in terms of who they take information from in relation to what is going on (at the prisons),” he told reporters.
The ex-inmate from the 1979-83 Grenada Revolutionary era warned that irresponsible reporting could send a bad signal internationally which could affect the tourism industry.