Penal is situated south of Debe and north-east of Siparia. It can be accessed from San Fernando by the San Fernando-Siparia-Erin Road. Some of the communities of Penal are Charlo Village, Clarke Road, Mendez Village, and Syne Village.
Cinema: In 2002, Penal had one operating cinema: Regent, at Clarke Road Junction.
Calypso: Penal is the birthplace of songwriter Winsford Devine who penned many hits for several calypsonians.
Steelbands: The following is a listing of the steelbands that functioned in Penal, broken down by type: traditional (pans supported around the neck); and conventional (pans supported mechanically).
|STEELBAND||TYPE||LOCATION IN 2002||HISTORY|
|Valley Harps||Conventional||Sunress Road|
|Clarke Road Government School||Primary||Clarke Road||Non-Denominational|
|Clarke Road Hindu School||Clarke Road||Hindu|
|Clarke Rochard Government Primary School||Primary||Junction of Clarke Road and Rochard Road||Non-Denominational|
|Holy Faith Convent||Secondary||Oliviere Drive, Clarke Road||Roman Catholic|
|Penal Junior Secondary School||Secondary||Clarke Road||Non-Denominational|
|Penal Quinam Government School||Mendez Village||Non-Denominational|
|Penal Rock Hindu School||Secondary||Penal Rock Road||Hindu|
|Penal (St. Dominic's) RC School||Primary||No. 5 Hills, Lachoos Road||Roman Catholic||449 Pupils in 2002|
|Penal Rock Road RC School||Primary||Penal Rock Road||Roman Catholic||138 Pupils in 2002|
|Penal Vedic Primary School||Primary|
|Rochard Douglas Presbyterian School||Primary||Presbyterian|
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