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Remaining 10 Prisoners return to Tortola from St Lucia, September 6, 2018

Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - Sometime after 3:00 PM today, Thursday, September 6, 2018, the remaining 10 prisoners who were sent to St Lucia almost a year ago—after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut—were returned to Tortola.

A total of 21 inmates were sent to the Bordelais Correctional Facility in St Lucia, costing tax payers some $78,000 to accommodate the prisoners for six months.  

No local need apply

Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) the co-leader of Government business and the Minister for Education and Culture, with shared responsibilities for the Prison Services, made a visit to St Lucia, while the inmates were there.

Months after the visit, he hired Verne Garde, the former Director of Corrections for Bordelais Correctional Facility, as the Virgin Islands (VI) Superintendent of Prisons.  

There are many locals qualified for the job and Mr Walwyn promised, at the time of hiring British National, Mr David E. Foot, that there will be a local understudying.  

That turned out to be another lie.

The total final cost to house the prisoners in St Lucia is still to be finalized, according to a Ministry of Education and Culture official, speaking to our news room on condition of anonymity.   

8 Responses to “Remaining 10 Prisoners return to Tortola from St Lucia, September 6, 2018”

  • Xxx (06/09/2018, 19:53) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow vino
  • just asking... (06/09/2018, 20:05) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    So now there is no room for m and m
  • WOWW (06/09/2018, 20:20) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    That’s good less of our tax payers money the NDP sending ST Lucia.
  • Jay (06/09/2018, 20:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow. Full circle huh. Welcome back.
  • watch (06/09/2018, 21:22) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    That needs to be audited
  • Outlaw (07/09/2018, 07:54) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those prisoners who are not from the BVI should be given time served and deported back to their country. Those up there for little bit of weed and very minor offenses should be discharge. My opinion.
  • Just saying (07/09/2018, 09:42) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now lets use the well behave prisoners to go and clean up the high school and for each day they work they get a day off their sentence. That's a way that stuff can get done and they can get their freedom early.

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