Solution to reducing the prison population (letter to the editor)

Letter to the editor

Bordelais Correctional Facility

Dear Editor: We have all noticed that Bordelais is overcrowded!

Many say it is because of the slow judiciary system in St. Lucia. Of course, I agree. Why is there only one judge to deal with so many criminal cases? It’s high time the government recommence the court processes at Bordelais.

As a concerned St. Lucian I have one solution to decrease the criminal mentality in St. Lucia, which will free up the space at Bordelais. Where is the community service that the prisoners engage in? Is it that little gardening programme at Bordelais? Come on Government of St. Lucia!

I am tired of hearing government complaining about a reduction in revenues and that they depend mainly on tourism. Government does not know how to use our resources. What we have is fertile land. We don’t have petroleum, bauxite or gold like some other Caribbean states. So, those people who are serving life sentences, repeat offenders, sex offenders, drug offenders and so on can help develop their resume. Let them work the land, sow the seeds and harvest it.

We will have a local market, cutting back on our high import bill in St. Lucia. I believe this will help the economy.

Since we will be having some level of production, it high time the government start investing in a meaningful factory for all our local produce. Let’s develop our exporting abilities. Many will also find jobs.

How will that help the crime situation?

Since criminals believe that Bordelais is a bed of roses, but they will rethink knowing that they will be working day and night. You want to under-develop St. Lucia, taking up meaningful tax payers money, then pal you’re going to pay double.

All those lazy ones who grab opportunities to rob people of their possessions and don’t want to find a meaningful job, government will have one secured for you when you are caught. It is high time we make an example out of a few. Give the others in society something to think about.
So, let’s rebuild our country.

N. Montoute

 

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20 comments

  1. st.lucians think before you speak.

    In sorry but this article makes not sense. If the prisoners are already serving a life sentence how putting them to work is going to deal with over crowding the prisons. And now if you are too put them to work on these farms now government is now tasked with hiring more correctional officers to guard them when they are out on those farms. Excuse you with your slavery mentality. What the government needs to do is create avenues to reform and rehabilitate persons. And when I say persons I mean young persons cause what we are faced with is about of the criminals are extremeky young from as young as 12 to 28 .

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  2. Growing up as a child I saw prisoners loaded in prison trucks off to do manual labour, now they are in the prison yard playing ball games. Hence the reason at christmas time, certain guys say they will go to prison at Christmas because they get it good then. They need to be used to clean up the place, to grow the food they will be eating etc. Come on, whichever government is in place needs to look at this. Anyhow this island needs new political parties with men and women with good ideas for leadership.

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  3. Bring back the death penalty. Anybody convicted of murder who has been sitting in a cell more than 5 years should be dispatched to the gallows.

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  4. So you don't think that the Government have already thought of all what you are saying here? If not, then they shouldn't have been elected in the first place.

    Their reluctance may because it will not profit them or it is simply not in their interest. Most of these Ministers need to be tried for espionage and treason. Imagine going to an embassy to expose your country's secrets as exposed on wikileaks. Imagine Telling investors to stay away from your country and refusing to help when it needs help.

    St. Lucians have to pay for betraying St. Lucia by electing those who who didn't care during trying times. We had drought, world finacial crisis, death of the PM, hurricane Tomas and bands of criminal patroling the country. We still survived with a AAA+ credit rating, a lower murder rate, an economy of positive growth and being the best place to do business in the Caribbean. Where has all this disappeared to? We have exchange all this for a bunch of slick talking car salesmen. This is why nothing that this Government does will not succeed. It is not blessed.

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  5. Good pointers! However, the bottom line is that this government don't give a damn about the citizens of this nation. They have done nothing in regards to the development of this country and are only concern about their individual pockets. The country is in need of a proper medical facility! The government has done nothing since they have been in power. A bunch of greedy, corrupt and communist party (thats just how they behave). Victimization is what this present Govt is also about and i know what i am talking about!

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  6. In addition to this we have a crumbling road network which is expensive to repair.Have these same prisoners engaged in road repairs obviously under armed guard.

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    • Agreed! The prisoners should be put to hard labour...placed in the town of Castries to keep the city clean , because its one dirty mess. The City Council not doing a good job at all. The prisoners are just there eating and getting fat at the expense of taxpayers. With more manpower from the police or wardens have the prisoners engaged in other areas.

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  7. true,the persons the government have in the cell,that are not committed for murder are the ones fulling up the cell.cell is for persons who commit murder.

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  8. Excellent point and might I add also bring back the death penalty these criminals will definitely think twice about having no regard not to mention respect for the laws of our beautiful country .

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  9. we want some Jamaican judges St .Lucia believed in adjournment for ten years smh

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  10. Wow... Very good opinion... I hope some persons in the relevant ministries take this advice.

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  11. I was at bordelais serving 6 years for POF, come out of jail no work if the gov.give me a clean certificate of character I have a few applications I must get a job that is better than that land thing u talking about ,they already tried that ,give repeat offenders clean records and help fit them back in society.

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    • i guess you expected a slap on the wirst and a clean record when you came out like it never happened. Mannn... get your shit together.

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  12. I agree 100%

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  13. You are wrong in one thing.. Right now there are two criminal judges for trials and one master for sufficiency hearing, a total of three judges.

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  14. Love this. You have some very goo points.

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  15. bravo.good idea.

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  16. Send them to the workhouse!!

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  17. Well said. This won't curb the whole crime situation but its a damn good start. Our governement should start taking advice from locals by reading these letters. Hope this one captures their attention!!

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    • well come that, they should send a copy of this letter to kenny anthony, for him to stick that advice to his head and start working on that ASAP

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