Tag: HMP Fairbanks

Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

| 18/02/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): It is no secret that for many years conditions in Cayman Islands prisons have been dire and in desperate need of investment. But in a newly published document the Human Rights Commission detailed the human rights challenges, describing Cayman’s prison system as “overcrowded, chronically underfunded and in need of urgent investment”. The HRC warned […]

Continue Reading

New rehab project introduced for jailed women

New rehab project introduced for jailed women

| 07/05/2018 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR) has established a Female Empowerment Services Project to help incarcerated women take a different path when they are released from jail. Around a dozen women are currently serving time in Fairbanks for a variety of crimes, from murder to drug related offences, and the DCR recently began offering a series […]

Continue Reading

CIG needs to consider prison mental health

CIG needs to consider prison mental health

| 10/04/2018 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Before the government embarks on a new prison project it will need to consider the future mental health of inmates. The new prison director, Steven Barrett, said that thought will need to be given on how the prison service is going to deal with prisoners suffering from mental health conditions in the years to […]

Continue Reading

Inmates helped to see effects of crime

Inmates helped to see effects of crime

| 20/09/2017 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Ten more inmates at HMP Northward have completed a rehabilitation programme known as the Sycamore Tree Project (STP), which is based on the principles of restorative justice and covers topics such as the effects of crime, responsibility, confession, repentance, forgiveness, making amends and reconciliation. Six groups at HMP Northward and three groups at Fairbanks […]

Continue Reading

Holland closes jails, Northward packed to capacity

Holland closes jails, Northward packed to capacity

| 18/05/2016 | 19 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands director of prisons battles with serious overcrowding at HMP Northward and the highest number of female inmates at Fairbanks prison for many years, the Dutch government is planning to close empty jails and the UK has announced a series of reforms that will see inmates tagged and sent home during […]

Continue Reading

Drugs fuelled 43% of prisoner’s crimes

Drugs fuelled 43% of prisoner’s crimes

| 29/04/2016 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Drug use was cited as the direct or indirect reason for a significant number of prisoners’ crimes, according to the results of a survey undertaken by the National Drug Council in 2013. At the time, just over a third of inmates (35%) were serving time for drug convictions but more than 43% of inmates […]

Continue Reading

Inmates’ voluntary work part of rehab process

Inmates’ voluntary work part of rehab process

| 15/04/2016 | 8 Comments

(CNS): With the prison now obligated to rehabilitate offenders before they can be released into the community but with no new resources to do so, inmates in the lowest risk category are being encouraged to join external work parties and participate in community projects. As part of this new initiative, four prisoners recently volunteered to […]

Continue Reading

Police begin using Fairbanks cellblock

Police begin using Fairbanks cellblock

| 18/03/2016 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The new police custody suite is finally being used and is currently holding a number of prisoners, RCIPS management has confirmed. The groundbreaking for the new modern unit, which is a prefabricated building, was celebrated two and a half years ago in September 2013. It was scheduled to open in February last year and it […]

Continue Reading

Law paves way to freedom for lifers

Law paves way to freedom for lifers

| 15/02/2016 | 12 Comments

(CNS): A new law passed in the Legislative Assembly more than one year ago came into effect today, paving the way for inmates serving a life sentence to eventually be freed. The Conditional Release Law, 2014 replaces the parole provisions in the Prison Law and is meant to create a new regime for dealing with all […]

Continue Reading

Director to keep battling for new prison

Director to keep battling for new prison

| 02/09/2015 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The prison director says it is no secret that HMP Northward is not fit for purpose, and while he will continue to pitch for new facilities, he recognises it’s not a popular option for spending millions of tax payers’ money. However, as a seasoned expert in the prison system, Neil Lavis has made it […]

Continue Reading

Drug Council needs help for jailhouse survey

Drug Council needs help for jailhouse survey

| 30/07/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The National Drug Council (NDC) is looking for volunteers to help with a survey of drug use among inmates in the local prison system, which is scheduled to take place in September. While it is common knowledge that a significant percentage of inmates in HMP Northward have serious drug and alcohol dependency problems, the […]

Continue Reading

Please support independent journalism in the Cayman Islands