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April 8th, 2014
Exclusive: HMP inmate cries of injustice in court system

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut is asking the question “where is the justice in the Virgin Islands?” after being incarcerated for the past two years on drug charges.

April 3rd, 2014
Cadet Corps holds ‘Drill Off’ Competition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – An Annual Inter-Organizational ‘Drill Off’ Competition was held among members the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), the BVI Fire & Rescue Department, Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) and members of the Virgin Islands Cadet Corps (VICC) last Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Caribbean Cellars Parking Lot in Lower Estate.

April 1st, 2014
Illegal Cubans on suicide watch at HMP - Source

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI - The recently captured and detained Cubans are said to be on suicide watch at Her Majesty's Prison, Balsum Ghut following a visit by Immigration Officers yesterday March 31, 2014.

March 25th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Canvas still covering HMP cells - SoP David Foot

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – More than three months after the news hit the public and had taken especially senior persons in the legal system by surprise the compromising condition of some cells at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) being covered with canvas still exists.

December 20th, 2013
Allen Baptiste allegedly at centre of major disturbance at HMP – source

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – According to reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online, security officers at Her Majesty’s Prison are on high alert after an alleged “disturbing incident” at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) last evening, December 19, 2013. The incident reportedly led to the arrest and removal of convicted murderer Allen Baptiste who is serving a life sentence.

October 29th, 2013
Foot to join HMP in Dec. 2013; Gregg & Percival promoted

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry for Education and Culture Mrs Prudence Mathavious has confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that recently appointed Superintendent of Prisons, Mr David Foot will take up his leadership position at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut in December.

October 9th, 2013
Fmr. legislator concerned about deportations in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former legislator, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE, expressed concern recently that the Virgin Islands has a problem getting rid of persons who are "non-natives" and have become a nuisance to society.

October 6th, 2013
Prison Officers to facilitate training at HMP soon

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - A group of seven (7) Prison Officers and two (2) Officers attached to the Social Welfare Department have been certified as facilitators for the “Just Think” intervention programme of Her Majesty’s Prison.

September 20th, 2013
Give us a second chance- HMP inmate Kareem Simon appeals

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Kareem Simon took a bold and conscious stand in appealing to members of the Virgin Islands community to give him and other inmates a second chance at being productive citizens when they return to society after serving time at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsum Ghut, Tortola.

September 18th, 2013
First parole hearing likely in a few months- Gov. McCleary

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – It is anticipated that the first parole hearing for inmates serving time at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsum Ghut, Tortola will be held within the next few months as the established board is working to fast track the process of putting systems in place.

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