About Carrera Convict Prison

The Carrera Convict Prison existence dates back to 1854 where it is believed that the island was used as a convict depot with the prisoners being used to quarry limestone for road building.  Today its the only off shore depot of the Trinidad and Tobago Prisons Service, housing approximately 300 inmates.

see below for more details about this depot.


MISSION STATEMENT:

The Carrera Convict Prison is committed to carry out the mandate of the Court by protecting the public while assisting offenders to prepare themselves to return to the community as law-abiding citizens, in this regard, accurately assessing the risk and needs of offenders, and implementing a risk management response which is particularly critical for high risk and high need offenders, as it facilitates proper classification, while preserving their religious, moral and constitutional rights.

 

VISION:

Our vision at Carrera Convict Prison in keeping with our Mission Statement, is to become an exemplar in the field of Correctional as outlined in the Task Force report and to provide a community based atmosphere geared towards the development of socially accepted behaviour amongst our charges so as to facilitate the re-integration process, thereby reducing the incidence of recidivism/re-offending within the shortest possible period.

 

HISTORY

It is believed that from approximately 1854 to 1875, Carrera Island was used as a convict depot with the prisoners being used to quarry limestone that was used for road building. In 1877 construction of a permanent prison had begun. Carrera Island remains today a prison island.

 

PROGRAMMES

All religious, cultural, and academic activities are co ordinated through the Programmes department at the Island Prison.

Academic activities

  • Adult literacy classes. School Leaving
  • CXC –
    PRINCIPLE OF BUSINESS,
    COMMUNICATION STUDIES,
    OFFICE ADMINISTRATION,
    INFORMATION TECH.,
    MATHEMATICS,ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES, MANAGEMENT OF BUSINESS, HUMAN SOCIAL BIOLOGY, PRINCIPLE OF ACCOUNTS

RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES

There are thirteen (13) religious denominations assigned to the Island Prison to administer to the spiritual needs of the inmates.

 

Cultural and Sporting Activities

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 January – Carnival programme

February

March

April       – Opening of cricket season

May          – Indian Cultural Programme

June         – C.X.C. Exams.

July          – School Leaving exams.

August     – Opening of football season

September

October    – Closing of football season

November – Divali

December  – Christmas treat

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