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November 18th, 2017
2 prison officers stabbed by inmate of HMP

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- An altercation involving two prison officers and an inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, on the main island of Tortola, resulted in the two prison officers receiving stab wounds yesterday, November 17, 2017, according to reports reaching our newsroom.

October 28th, 2017
Man accused of Alston E. Penn’s murder among prisoners still on the run

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police on October 27, 2017 released the names of the three prisoners still on the run following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

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.





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