People will sometimes accuse auditors and news organisations
of saying ‘I told you so’ after something bad has already happened.
However, in the case of Cayman’s inadequate police jails, we
might say that government told itself so.
It just didn’t listen.
As early as 2008, officials in the Portfolio of Internal and
External Affairs recognised the need for a general upgrade of police
facilities, including the lock ups in George Town and West Bay.
However, the $15 million Bodden Town Emergency Centre –
which included jails and a new police station – proved “too costly” and was
Apparently an $85 million government office building was not
thought to be too expensive, but we digress.
Almost the first words Police Commissioner David Baines said
to the Cayman Islands public after his arrival in June 2009 was that the
country needed new jails and police facilities.
He’s still saying the same thing only three-and-a-half years
later. Unfortunately government still isn’t listening.
Now it’s too late.
We’ll just have to deal with human rights issues as they
come up and hope the situation is resolved soon; it’s likely to be the more
expensive option as lawyers get involved in what could be lengthy court cases.