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Prison officers call for help for inmates

- said most prisoners will return to society worse than they enter
Prison Officers at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut are calling for more help to be given to inmates, saying as the situation stands at HMP, most prisoners will return to society worse than they enter. Photo: VINO/File
The men in charge of Her Majesty's Prison! Superintendent of Prison, United Kingdom national David Foot (left), who was hired by the controversial Minister for Education and Culture and Territorial At-Large Member Hon Myron V. Walwyn (right). Photo: VINO/File
The men in charge of Her Majesty's Prison! Superintendent of Prison, United Kingdom national David Foot (left), who was hired by the controversial Minister for Education and Culture and Territorial At-Large Member Hon Myron V. Walwyn (right). Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
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.

"Look at Tyson (Kevin Tyson), that guy could be helped, he wants to be helped but some unscrupulous officers and the system up here are uncaring and insensitive. He lashing out in here, which in some sense is good, because you seeing what's wrong with him but some others only waiting to get out to explode," a concerned prison officer told this news site.

This news site on February 10, 2017 reported that Kevin Tyson was identified as the inmate that created a ruckus, which forced prison officials to call in the Task Force of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

According to reports, this is about the fourth or fifth time that the prisoner, Mr Tyson, has been disruptive at HMP, forcing Task Force to be called in.

This news site had first and accurately reported on September 6, 2016 that Mr Tyson had set his prison cell on fire.

Lack of Resources

"They have programmes here but they need to be rotating the persons doing it because these set losing interest cause is the one thing over and over they doing with the same people‎, the don't even have the proper equipment, space and resources for effective counselling and such like," added the officer.

According to our usual and reliable sources in the prison system, the prison officer's observations are true as they said the very issues are brought up in their meetings and at high level discussions but nothing improves.

Her Majesty’s Prison falls under the watch of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

"And the BVI will get worse because they bringing a set of young and unseasoned guys for very petty issues up here, they mixing with the hard core criminals and trust me they going out worse than they came in. Hard core drugs men shining these young boy and making them recruits so they get out in short order and they switch to the fast money opportunity these criminals here set them up for," one of our sources at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) alleged.

The senior source said these matters must be addressed with urgency. "The magistrates need to be briefed, the legislators need to get the vision of what's happening or BVI soon turn St Croix and Trinidad."

15 Responses to “Prison officers call for help for inmates”

  • foxy (12/02/2017, 11:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    add to that the people they are deporting from the good old usa will not help the crime situation
    • Cold Cathode (12/02/2017, 19:07) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Here' one for you "foxy". SO WHAT!, the people that they're deporting from the GOOD OLD USA, are the same people who snuck up there from the BVI, to ACQUIRE A BETTER LIFE. They got the CASH and the GUNS that they went to the USA for, and CAME BACK here to their NATIVE BVI on their own. That's Right!. They came to us, PERIOD!!!
  • Xxx (12/02/2017, 12:07) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Both the minister and the governor will not listen to the cries of HMP. A determined few with nearly unlimited funds like myrun can indeed shift the balance of power, which is why we find ourselves in the current predicament!
  • current staff (12/02/2017, 12:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a worker in here from Mr. Frett to Mr. Foot I'm close to 60 and, like State Farm, I've seen a lot
  • Yea. (12/02/2017, 12:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Truth that. I agree.
  • The Judge (12/02/2017, 13:56) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    You have to manage the prison. Inmates cant make decisions for a prison. If Mr. Tyson can't behave himself at HMP than you have to send him to the UK. We can't continue to have these disruptions at a well managed prison. Those people are not managing.
    • Observer (12/02/2017, 18:01) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      You made a comment well managed facility.Were not balsam ghut Mr foot not in charge the place out of control
    • Reply (12/02/2017, 22:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      While I would agree with you, i see what is going on at the prison a result of 'political ineptitude';
  • harrigan hoes (12/02/2017, 18:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the free that one who only out their beatin on these woman
  • The Judge (12/02/2017, 22:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr. Foot is not doing his job. If we had a local person in charge of the prison with all these disruptions, we would be crucifying him saying that he don't have the skill to manage. You brought Mr. Foot with his so call experience and the prison appear to be worst in years. The way to manage it is to lock down those that are not willing to attend school, go out on work program or who don't want to follow the rules of the prison. A prison should be managed as a prison instead of a refugee center. This is one of the only prison in the Caribbean where so much prisoners could be outside in a yard chilling at any given time. They could always plan a rebellion and overtake the guards. This prison is not be manage properly. Mr. Foot's contract should not be renewed. He has failed the managed the prison.
  • who feels it knows it (13/02/2017, 15:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when u on the out side lookin in ... u could only wonder an talk what u want


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