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First parole hearing likely in a few months- Gov. McCleary

According to UK appointed Governor William B. McCleary, 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. Photo: VINO
The news of the possibility of parole hearings soon was well received by inmates of Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO
The news of the possibility of parole hearings soon was well received by inmates of Her Majesty's Prison. Photo: VINO
Some of the inmates who participated in the House of Healing and Anger Management Programmes see their successful participation as giving them a good chance at parole but were more concerned about the transformation they would have gone through for the better with participating in the programme. Photo: VINO
Some of the inmates who participated in the House of Healing and Anger Management Programmes see their successful participation as giving them a good chance at parole but were more concerned about the transformation they would have gone through for the better with participating in the programme. Photo: VINO
Once up and going, the parole system will serve to offer some hope for inmates at Her Majesty's Prison, said Governor William B. McCleary. Photo: VINO/File
Once up and going, the parole system will serve to offer some hope for inmates at Her Majesty's Prison, said Governor William B. McCleary. Photo: VINO/File
Mr William B. McCleary said the concern about prisoners having the benefits of a fair and just system, which includes the possibility of parole, was raised by Father Ronald Branche (in photo) at yesterday’s (September 17, 2013) church service held to mark the opening of the Virgin Islands’ Law Year. Photo: VINO/File
Mr William B. McCleary said the concern about prisoners having the benefits of a fair and just system, which includes the possibility of parole, was raised by Father Ronald Branche (in photo) at yesterday’s (September 17, 2013) church service held to mark the opening of the Virgin Islands’ Law Year. Photo: VINO/File
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.

“…we are on the way to introducing a parole system. It has been some time in coming but we have an established parole board and are working to ensure that the basic structure is in place so that the parole can take off,” announced UK-appointed Governor Mr William Boyd McCleary yesterday September 17, 2013.

Mr McCleary said the concern about prisoners having the benefits of a fair and just system, which includes the possibility of parole, was raised by Father Ronald Branche at yesterday’s (September 17, 2013) church service held to mark the opening of the Virgin Islands’ Law Year.

According to Governor McCleary, Father Branche had referred to a bible verse from the book of Micah which says, “….what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with you God…,” quoted Mr McCleary.

He said Father Branche had used the scripture to illustrate the need for a criminal justice system that is fair and one that offers hope for inmates through a parole system.

Once up and going, the parole system will serve to offer some hope for inmates, said Mr McCleary.

He also alluded to the importance of an improved court system as alluded to by Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira. He said the Chief Justice spoke of the way the courts could help build a rule of law which brings good for the territory. “Good for the social development, good for the economic development, good for the posterity of the territory,” Governor McCleary reiterated in referring to statements made by the Honourable Chief Justice who had addressed the Territory at the opening of the VI Law Year.

The Governor was at the time giving the welcoming remarks at the Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Prison’s closing exercise for the House of Healing and Anger Management Group Counseling programmes.

“I suppose that what we are looking at today is a group of inmates who have realized that they too can and must contribute and that they have some learning to do,” remarked Governor McCleary.

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