Saint Ann's Bay Old Jail

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Saint Ann's Bay Old Jail
Saint Ann's Bay Old Jail is located in Jamaica
Saint Ann's Bay Old Jail
Saint Ann's Bay Old Jail
Location St Ann's Bay, St Ann, Jamaica
Coordinates 18°26′19″N 77°11′55″W / 18.4386117°N 77.1985674°W / 18.4386117; -77.1985674Coordinates: 18°26′19″N 77°11′55″W / 18.4386117°N 77.1985674°W / 18.4386117; -77.1985674
Status Closed
Capacity Unknown
Opened c1795
Closed Unknown

The Old Jail in Saint Ann's Bay is said to have been the very first prison in Jamaica.[1] Built as a fort c. 1750, it was declared useless in 1795 as the sea was encroaching.[2] It was then converted into a jail and house of correction.[2] The jail had solitary cells, a treadmill, a separate room for lunatics, a room for debtors, a 'hospital', and a jailers' quarters.[2] Many slaves died there.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Jamaican Prisons, Irie Jamaica Blogspot.
  2. ^ a b c "Jamaica National Heritage Trust, St Ann's Bay Fort.". Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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