Proceeds of crime to pay for extension to the prison

£6.5 MILLION confiscated from criminals has been earmarked to fund a planned extension to La Moye prison.

The plans for the prison
The plans for the prison

Planning permission is being sought for phase six of the redevelopment of the facility, which would replace the current administration building and extend the recently constructed visitors’ building, completing the front façade of the prison.

Once complete, the new section of building, which has a total build budget of £8.23 million, is planned to include:

A new vehicle entrance for prisoner-escort, delivery and refuse collection vehicles. It includes a search area.

A new single entrance for staff, official visitors and prisoner visitors, together with a reception and security search area, including an X-ray machine, metal detector and drug detection equipment.

Secure gatehouse facilities to house keys, radios and staff alarms.

Administration facilities such as a general office, meeting rooms, staff offices, records archive and storage facilities.

Prison governor Bill Millar said that many of the original buildings in the prison, which were constructed in the 1970s, had passed their ‘useful life’ and needed to be replaced.

‘A long-term development plan has been produced and the prison is being replaced in phases as the funding can be made available,’ he said. ‘Phase five included the new visits facility, which required its own entrance for prisoner visitors and it was intended to move directly to phase six to ensure that there was only a single entrance point to La Moye for staff, visitors and vehicles but this was postponed when the capital funds were diverted to another project.

‘This resulted in La Moye operating two entrances, which has staffing and security implications. Consequently, it was important to try to complete phase six at the earliest opportunity and this has been made possible by accessing funding from the Criminal Offences Confiscation Fund.’

Mr Millar added that he hoped the new building could be completed within the next two years.

‘Planning permission is being sought, so it is not likely that any construction work will start before the end of this year,’ he said.

‘After that we hope to have it complete within 18 months, so you are either looking at the end of 2019 or mid-2020.’

The Criminal Offences Confiscation Fund is a pool of money taken from people convicted for crimes such as drug trafficking or financial fraud. The amount of money collected can greatly vary from year to year.

A ministerial decision to use £6.5 million from the fund to pay for the new prison building was signed off by Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel.

The largest annual sum in recent years was £29 million collected in 2011, which was largely due to £26 million being confiscated from Indian businessman Raj Arjandas Bhojwani, who tried to launder US$43 million through Jersey bank accounts.

By contrast £26,000 was collected in 2009.

Grants from the Criminal Offences Confiscation Fund in recent years have included:

£14.7 million on the new police station

£10 million on funding criminal court cases

£1.2 million on the Magistrate’s Court building and staff

£720,000 on CCTV projects

£300,000 on drugs support programmes

Some of the largest confiscations have included:

£4.2 million from corrupt financial adviser Adeel Mirza, who sold bogus mortgages (2016)

£3.2 million from corrupt Kenyan politician Samuel Gichuru, who deposited bribes in a Jersey company (2016)

£1.5 million from drugs baron Paul Hindelang, who smuggled cannabis from Colombia to the US. He hid money in Jersey (2014)

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