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UK to build £25-m prison in Jamaica

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The United Kingdom is expected to construct a prison in the country to house foreign criminals being deported to live out their sentences in Jamaica.

The BBC said £25-million is expected to be spent on the facility.

British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed this at Jamaica House a short while ago.

The project, the BBC said, is in an effort to break the impasse in negotiations over a prisoner transfer deal between Jamaica and the UK.

It is estimated that more than 600 Jamaican nationals are currently serving sentences in UK jails.

The deal is expected to save taxpayers £10m a year when transfers begin in 2020.

More than 300 prisoners are expected to be sent back.

 

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