Tag: HM Cayman Islands Prison Service

Two prison officers in court over drug smuggling

Two prison officers in court over drug smuggling

| 28/01/2022

(CNS): One prison officer is awaiting sentence and a second has been charged as police wrap up two separate investigations into ganja smuggling at HMP Northward. Rudolph Rambaran (39), a Jamaican officer who resides in West Bay, was arrested in June last year after he was caught with ganja as he arrived at work. He […]

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Prison boss to leave before year-end

Prison boss to leave before year-end

| 12/11/2021 | 32 Comments

(CNS): Prison Director Steve Barrett will be leaving the Cayman Islands and his job before the year end and is said to be returning to his native Scotland. In an official release on Friday confirming his departure, no specific reason for Barrett’s early departure was given but he and government officials said it was for […]

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Full prison struggles with high COVID case load

Full prison struggles with high COVID case load

| 04/11/2021 | 42 Comments

(CNS): With at least nine security officers isolating at home and around 20 inmates now infected with COVID-19, the prison service is struggling with quarantine issues inside HMP Northward. Prison Director Steve Barrett has denied that inmates who have tested positive are being housed in the same cells as those who are virus-free and said […]

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Prison partners with UWI to tackle ‘revolving door’

Prison partners with UWI to tackle ‘revolving door’

| 17/08/2021 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) has signed a deal with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus to deliver education and skills training to inmates and tackle Cayman’s revolving prison door. The agreement is a first of its kind in the region, in which a recognised university has formalised a partnership […]

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Young offenders still jailed with adult inmates

Young offenders still jailed with adult inmates

| 12/08/2021 | 43 Comments

(CNS): A new report by the Cayman Islands Independent Monitoring Board (CIIMB), which was established to observe the conditions and treatment of inmates within the local prison system, has noted that Cayman is still housing juvenile offenders alongside adult prisoners, in some cases with some of the most dangerous and volatile serving time in HMP […]

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Second officer arrested for jail house drug dealing

Second officer arrested for jail house drug dealing

| 15/07/2021

(CNS): A second prison officer in just over a month has been arrested on suspicion of drug related crimes. The prison management at HMP Northward reported the discovery of ganja to the police at 6am this morning after a male officer had been searched on his way into work and packages of the drugs found. […]

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Mental health ‘grave concern’ at prisons

Mental health ‘grave concern’ at prisons

| 01/02/2021 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The mental health needs of prisoners at HMP Northward and HMP Fairbanks must be addressed urgently, according to a report published by a group of volunteers. The first report of the Cayman Islands Independent Monitoring Board, based on 369 visits conducted in 2019, raised “grave concerns” about the lack of provision for the significant […]

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TCI prisoners moved to HMP Northward

TCI prisoners moved to HMP Northward

| 26/11/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS) Government officials revealed Thursday that two high security convicted criminals from the Turks and Caicos Islands have been transferred to HMP Northward for a temporary but unspecified period as a result of challenges with TCI’s prison estate. No details have been revealed about the men’s crimes but they were housed in the damaged high […]

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Officials step up prison rehab efforts

Officials step up prison rehab efforts

| 20/10/2020 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Inmates at HMP Northward are now training to fill some of Cayman’s major skills gaps for technical jobs that are in the highest demand, from air-conditioning repair to carpentry. One of the biggest problems with the criminal justice system is the recidivism of offenders, given the barriers they face finding work when they leave […]

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Opposition MLAs vote ‘no’ to prison cash

Opposition MLAs vote ‘no’ to prison cash

| 18/08/2020 | 27 Comments

(CNS): A lack of information about where government is spending more than $20 million at the prison, especially when it comes to rehabilitation, led to MLAs on the opposition benches voting against additional appropriations for HMCI Prison Service. But the prison director has said that there is a well established rehabilitation programme to ensure that, […]

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Inmates refuse food at HMP Northward

Inmates refuse food at HMP Northward

| 02/06/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Three prisoners housed in HMP Northward’s best facility have begun refusing food, prison officials have said. It is not clear if this is a hunger strike to draw attention to a specific grievance or just because of the poor standard of food being served. According to a short release from the prison, the men […]

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