Assistant Commissioner of Prisons, Dane Clarke, said inmates can now make calls to relatives, both locally and abroad from inside the prison walls.
Speaking to the media yesterday, Clarke said installing a phone inside of the Remand Yard and Golden Grove Prison will help eliminate the problem of inmates sneaking in cell phones and other contraband.
In order for prisoners to keep in contact with the outside world, they are allowed ten free calls once enrolled, up to $400 in credit can be bought at TSTT.
Prison officers at the Golden Grove Prison received training in the Inmate Calling Solutions (ICS) to monitor the inmates’ calls and manage the system.
So far some 300 inmates at the Remand Yard in Golden Grove Prison and at the Maximum Security Prison have registered with the programme.
Phones have been placed in both prisons in the hallways where the inmates have access to spend their air-time. There is none at the Port-of-Spain State Prison as yet.