GALA has an ongoing project in the E. Caribbean comparing the legal frameworks in the region to the reality for the incarcerated. In Grenada, we have also conducted a prison assessment (results have not been made public), but they do not meet the generally accepted UN Minimum Standards for the Treatment of Prisoners.
The prison facilities are hundreds of years old and are over crowded. GALA has started a fundraising campaign dedicated to improving the prison structure and funding legal aid for the inmates; an estimated one-half are there on remand, and thus technically innocent.
In July of 2016, GALA sponsored a jazz concert inside the Richmond Hill Prison to emphasize that human rights are not checked at the door once one is incarcerated.
We will organize a follow up concert with more musicians in 2017, negotiating a percentage from the sale of their music proceeds to be donated to the prison’s structural improvements.