Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre

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Tower Street Prison
(formerly The General Penitentiary)
Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre is located in Jamaica
Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre
Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre
Location Tower Street, Kingston, Jamaica
Coordinates 17°58′01″N 76°46′51″W / 17.9668337°N 76.7808509°W / 17.9668337; -76.7808509Coordinates: 17°58′01″N 76°46′51″W / 17.9668337°N 76.7808509°W / 17.9668337; -76.7808509
Status Operational
Security class Maximum security
Capacity 650
Population 2000
Managed by Department of Correctional Services for the Ministry of National Security
Director Kevin Wallen[1]

Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, formerly the General Penitentiary, was built to accommodate 650 male inmates[2] but has held over 1700 on occasions.[3] Construction of the current building began in 1845, shortly after the end of slavery. Previously, the Kingston House of Correction stood on the same site. The new penitentiary was designed according to the 'separate system' in which prisoners are held in isolation, although in practice sharing of the small cells has been common.[4]

It is operated by the Department of Correctional Services for the Ministry of National Security.

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  1. ^ Prison Diaries archive for Tower Street.
  2. ^ Makeshift weapons increasing prison deaths, Tyrone Reid, Jamaica Gleaner, 2004-02-08.
  3. ^ Comparison of daily averages* over a 10 year period (1997-2006) by institution and sex, Department Of Correctional Services, 2007.
  4. ^ Paton, Diana (2004-10-08). No Bond but the Law: Punishment, Race, and Gender in Jamaican State Formation, 1780–1870. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822386143. 

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