Should the people who send criminals to jail also be on the board of prison visitors? That is a question a Jersey States Scrutiny Panel is considering after calls for the system to be overhauled.
It is the job of jurats to oversee the day-to-day operation of the prison and to protect the well-being of prisoners and staff. There are fears that breaches inmates' human rights.
La Moye prison houses 157 inmates and all of them are entitled to see a prison visitor if they have any welfare concerns.
Deputy Montfort Tadier says their official visitor shouldn't be the person who sent them there in the first place.
We also took independent human rights advice from a lawyer who had already done work with other scrutiny panels and the advice was quite clear, you should change the system and open it up to lay members.
In Guernsey, it is independent and anyone can apply to become a prison visitor. They are given practical and theoretical training.
The Scrutiny Panel will now need to consider the somewhat conflicting evidence about what prisoners want before making any further recommendations.
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