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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.

June 11th, 2013
Public’s negative scrutinizing a good thing- Snr HMP Officer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Everyday they go to the job their lives are on the line and everything they do or say are always scrutinized by the public,” noted Sergeant and Training Officer at Her Majesty’s Prison Mr Douglas Joseph but added that the scrutinizing is actually a good thing as it keeps the officers on their toes and always aiming for efficiency.

June 5th, 2013
Prison Officers honoured for service beyond call of duty

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A number of prison officers have come in for recognition for their efforts in preventing a recent stabbing incident from escalating at Her Majesty’s Prison and for their part played in the recapture of an inmate that had escaped from the facility.

May 21st, 2013
UPDATE: Fmr prison officer Morton has case to answer - Magistrate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards has ruled that former Prison Officer, Steve Morton does indeed have a case to answer before the court and has thrown out a no case submission made by the defence.

April 23rd, 2013
Inmate alleges illegal phones commonplace at HM Prison

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Murder accused Jessroy McKelly made a series of allegations and complaints when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court recently.

April 8th, 2013
HM Prison inmate escapes & is recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Her Majesty’s prison inmate Andrew Angus Penn has been charged with escaping lawful custody after escaping from the prison compound at Balsum Ghut on Saturday April 6, 2013.

March 26th, 2013
Prisoner Jessroy McKelly rushed to hospital after alleged suicide attempt

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- News just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Her Majesty's Prison inmate Jessroy McKelly has been rushed to Peebles Hospital following an alleged suicide attempt.


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