Tag: HMP Northward

Government moves ahead with new prison plans

Government moves ahead with new prison plans

| 04/08/2022 | 46 Comments

(CNS): The PACT Government has begun the process of finding architects for a new prison that will be built on land next to the existing jail at Northward, with a target completion date of 2027. A Request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ) has been issued for bidders interested in designing the new facility. The aim is […]

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Prison service marks progress in rehabilitation efforts

Prison service marks progress in rehabilitation efforts

| 14/07/2022 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) has been criticised for many years for its revolving door, partly due to a fundamental lack of investment in proper rehabilitation programmes. However, recent steps to change that include a partnership with the University of the West Indies to deliver education and skills training to inmates.

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Killer brothers appeal to come home from UK jail

Killer brothers appeal to come home from UK jail

| 02/02/2022 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Osbourne Douglas and Justin Ramoon, who are both in British jails serving life sentences for the 2015 gang murder of Jason Powery, have filed a legal appeal to serve their time back here in the Cayman Islands. The case was heard by the appeal court in a special sitting last month when the two […]

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Lawyer: HMP Northward a ‘scary place right now’

Lawyer: HMP Northward a ‘scary place right now’

| 25/11/2021 | 16 Comments

(CNS): A defence attorney told a judge that HMP Northward is a “scary place right now”, given the pandemic, which is spreading through the prison and raising tensions among inmates, who are barely permitted to leave their cells, not allowed visitors and unable to take part in any of the usual activities, such as going […]

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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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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 | 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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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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