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September 28th, 2017
21 inmates from VI transferred to prison in St Lucia

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some news outlets have inaccurately reported that all prisoners from Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola have been sent packing to St Lucia.

September 5th, 2017
Prisoner allegedly escapes Her Majesty’s Prison

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI - It was about after 1:00 P.M. today, Tuesday September 5, 2017 that a prisoner reportedly escaped while being escorted by two prison officers.

August 29th, 2017
Shakoy Lavacia charged for stabbing HMP inmate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A young man, who was previously charged for breaking and entering the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, possession of an illegal firearm and attempted murder, has now been charged for allegedly stabbing an inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsum Ghut, on the main island of Tortola.

August 19th, 2017
2 guards allegedly stabbed by prisoners @ HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- It was around 2:40 P.M. today, August 19, 2017 that a brawl ensued at Her Majesty’s Prison, the state’s only penitentiary, located at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

March 23rd, 2017
Williams displayed high level of depression prior to death- HMP source

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Information from our sources in the Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut is that Treh Williams was displaying a high level of depression hours before he was found hanging in his cell.

March 22nd, 2017
UPDATE: Treh Williams found dead in cell @HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- It was sometime after 4:00 PM on March 21, 2017 that inmate Treh Williams was found unconscious in his cell at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

March 18th, 2017
Fathers get 3 square meals @ HMP while children starve- Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Female legislator in the House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands (UK) Honourable Alvera Madura-Caines (R6) bemoans the fact that the judicial system allow fathers to be in prison enjoying three meals daily while their children struggle.

February 12th, 2017
Prison officers call for help for inmates

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - Prison officers are once again expressing frustration about the level of mental and other remedial programmes for inmates at Her Majesty's Prison, saying most prisoners will return to society worse than they enter.

January 2nd, 2017
Prison Officer allegedly attacked by inmate in HMP brawl today!

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom from our Team of Reporters around the Virgin Islands is that today January 2, 2017 there was a reported incident of an inmate getting into a physical fight with a prison guard at the state-owned penitentiary located at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola.

September 12th, 2016
Controversial Magistrate sends Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge to prison for 6 years

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a heavily guarded Road Town Police Station, horse racing legend and businesswomen Mrs Violet 'Letty' Hodge was today September 12, 2016 sentenced to six years in prison and fined $100,000 by controversial Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste DaBreo of St Vincent and the Grenadines.



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