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Tag: HMP Northward

Northward inmates could have HR claims, says lawyer

Northward inmates could have HR claims, says lawyer

| 01/08/2016 | 46 Comments
(CNS): The chair of the Human Rights Committee believes the state of the Cayman Islands’ prison is such that inmates could have a good case for a human rights claim. James Austin-Smith told a visiting judge Friday that the decrepit jail was not fit for human habitation. Speaking in mitigation [...]

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Family dog may visit crash lawyer

Family dog may visit crash lawyer

| 13/07/2016 | 59 Comments
(CNS): The wife of a corporate attorney jailed recently for mowing down and seriously injuring two tourists in his sports car after a champagne brunch has applied to take the family dog with her when she visits HMP Northward. Prison officials have confirmed that an individual who has applied to vis [...]

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Prison deputy gets her job back

Prison deputy gets her job back

| 06/07/2016 | 23 Comments
(CNS): Government officials have refused to comment on the legal outcome of a court challenge by a prison deputy director, Aduke Natalie Joseph-Caesar, who was sacked by the chief officer in the home affairs ministry, Eric Bush, over an internal staff scandal at HMP Northward last year. Last month [...]

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CIG makes plans to take on ex-offenders

CIG makes plans to take on ex-offenders

| 31/05/2016 | 21 Comments
(CNS): The government is working on a new policy that will set out guidelines on employing people with a criminal record. Although the Public Works Department and the Department of Environmental Health have historically employed former offenders, not many other core government departments, companies [...]

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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 ta [...]

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Drugs fuelled 43% of prisoner’s crimes

Drugs fuelled 43% of prisoner’s crimes

| 29/04/2016 | 24 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 4 [...]

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Prison rehab inconsistent and cash strapped

Prison rehab inconsistent and cash strapped

| 28/04/2016 | 7 Comments
(CNS): The lack of resources at the Cayman Islands’ packed prison is presenting a serious and increasing challenge to prison management, and one of the unfortunate results is that rehabilitation often takes a back seat to security and safety at HMP Northward. But the new Conditional Release La [...]

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Mental health presents major challenge for prison

Mental health presents major challenge for prison

| 27/04/2016 | 7 Comments
(CNS): Life at HMP Northward can be very challenging for all inmates and staff because the country’s prison is no longer fit for purpose, bursting at the seams and massively under-resourced. But one of the most pressing difficulties is the incarceration of prisoners with, in some cases, very serio [...]

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Prison drones can now track drug smugglers

Prison drones can now track drug smugglers

| 19/04/2016 | 14 Comments
(CNS): Following staff training last week, the Cayman Islands Prison Service has now begun to use drones as part of the its security surveillance and this has already helped the authorities recover a large quantity of drugs thrown into the compound at HMP Northward. According to officials, on Wednes [...]

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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 initiati [...]

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Prisoners focus on victims to face up to crimes

Prisoners focus on victims to face up to crimes

| 05/04/2016 | 8 Comments
(CNS): A new initiative towards the rehabilitation of inmates at HMP Northward encourages them to face up to their crimes by interacting with their victims. Based on The Sycamore Tree project in the UK run by Prison Fellowship, a faith-based organisation, the programme within HM Cayman Islands Priso [...]

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