Tag: HMP Northward

COVID prison case connected to GTPS outbreak

COVID prison case connected to GTPS outbreak

| 17/09/2021 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Allaying fears that the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is now spreading in the community, on Friday morning Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported that from a batch of 1,394 PCR tests carried out yesterday, there were just two additional positive cases, which were both among travellers exiting quarantine. He also said that the […]

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Prison officer positive for COVID-19

Prison officer positive for COVID-19

| 16/09/2021 | 49 Comments

(CNS): A prison officer has tested positive for COVID-19 in what could now be a third separate case of community acquired coronavirus unconnected to the original outbreak in North Side or the George Town primary school case. Prison Director Steve Barrett told CNS that the inmates were already responding really well to the restrictions that […]

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Young offenders still jailed with adult inmates

Young offenders still jailed with adult inmates

| 12/08/2021 | 42 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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Prison officer accused of dealing ganja in jail

Prison officer accused of dealing ganja in jail

| 09/06/2021

(CNS): A prison officer has been arrested and is currently in police custody accused of smuggling ganja into HMP Northward to sell to inmates. The 36-year-old man was arrested by police after they received a report from Prison Director Steve Barrett at around 6am today, 9 June.

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Inmate claims he was bitten by suspended officer

Inmate claims he was bitten by suspended officer

| 12/02/2021 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A prison officer has been suspended and an internal inquiry is underway at HMP Northward following claims by an inmate that he was bitten by the officer. Prison Director Steve Barrett confirmed that a report had been made to the RCIPS regarding an allegation by a prisoner and he had initiated an internal staff […]

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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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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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Prison director quashes rumour of rioting

Prison director quashes rumour of rioting

| 21/05/2020 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Rumours circulating on social media that prisoners at HMP Northward are rioting are false, Prison Director Steve Barret has stated. HM Cayman Islands Prison Service reported on Monday, 18 May, that two inmates were positive for COVID-19, which Barret said in a statement on Thursday had cause some anxiety among staff and inmates, but […]

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Inmates on remand positive for COVID-19

Inmates on remand positive for COVID-19

| 19/05/2020 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Two prisoners at HMP Northward, who were both on remand waiting for trial, have tested positive for coronavirus, HM Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) has confirmed. Both men are asymptomatic and are isolated alone, the prison service revealed in a release Tuesday morning. The two inmates have been held in the remand block of […]

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