Independent prison inspectors set to replace Jurats

Inmates at Jersey's Prison could soon see a change in the way their welfare is monitored.

The Home Affairs Minister wants to put a stop to the annual visits traditionally made by Royal Court Jurats and replace them with independent inspectors.

The current system is seen as a conflict of interest because Jurats are often the people who convict and pass sentences for prisoners.

Deputy Kristina Moore says the move is to ensure Jersey is complying with UN standards with regard to punishment.

I wish to thank all Jurats who have served on the Prison Board of Visitors, and particularly the current Board and Chair, who I am pleased will continue to serve until the Independent Prison Monitoring Board is fully operational.

– Deputy Kristina Moore, Minister for Home Affairs

The Minister is asking the States to approve the plans in October.