BVI prisoners likely to spend months in St. Lucia – report

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Some of the BVI prisoners in St. Lucia

(BVI NEWS) – British Virgin Islands (BVI) Superintendent of Prisons David Foot has said that the 21 inmates who were transferred to a prison facility in St Lucia will likely spend another six to nine months there before being transferred back to the territory.

The 21 prisoners, classified as high-risk, were transferred to the Bordelais Correctional Facility following severe damage to sections of Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsam Ghut during Hurricane Irma.

Foot explained that the time frame is necessary in order to facilitate repair works at the local prison.

“We will be looking to bring those prisoners back as soon as we get the prison into a safe state,” he said during a telephone interview.

“There is a lot of work to do, a lot of the fences fell down, the roofs were damaged in the main parts of the prison, so once that repair work is done, then we will get those prisoners back as soon as possible. I would like to say we will get that done in the next six to nine months. It’s a lot of work.”

Meanwhile, the superintendent was unable to say how much it will cost taxpayers to have the facility repaired.

“I cannot give you a figure as it is still being assessed. But we lost 90 percent of the roof in the prison. There were only two buildings that had a roof left. So we have to do some significant repairs already, but there is a lot more to do,” he said.

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7 comments

  1. This thing has been so badly managed from the start. First the numbers kept fluctuating. Then the Minister admitted knowing little about the convicts and how long they would be here for. Did not know what level of risk they were.

    Now is from the BVI we hearing updates and not from our own government. As host they seemed to be very much in the dark. Such callous disrespect.

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  2. Did I hear you say......."I'M NOT MY BROTHERS' KEEPER".......the day will come
    when you/we will have to face up to it, and answer, "WHY NOT"??? think about it.

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  3. They look like really cool guys. They can be the new Lambirds.

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  4. Ok fine, sooooo what. I remember all the ruckus before they got here. I'm still waiting for them to break loose and run rampant.

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  5. Well,keep them safe including our prisoners, prisoners are people too.Prisoners i just hate the word prisoners,why people especially the men cannot do right turnto God and prison will be a thing of the past.Okay if is years then is years,if is months then months.

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  6. i dont know why is here they had to send them fellas. send them back to Britain after all isnt that yall mother country of the BVI

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  7. Maybe years too

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