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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.

September 18th, 2013
68 HMP inmates receive group counselling

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Some sixty-eight (68) inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) at Balsum Ghut have completed a group counseling programme as part of the institution’s rehabilitative efforts.

June 24th, 2013
Concerns raised about 'deteriorating conditions' at HMP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Concerned citizens and relatives of inmates are calling on the government of the day to address conditions they term as serious at Her Majesty's Prison at Balsum Ghut as they have expressed the fear that things are getting from “bad to worse”.

June 21st, 2013
UPDATE: Bail still pending for alleged prison escapee

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Andrew Angus Penn remains incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Prison even though he was offered bail following several charges that were laid against him at the Magistrate’s Court, including escape from lawful custody.



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