Tag: Neil Lavis

Prison targets specialist areas to help inmates

Prison targets specialist areas to help inmates

| 28/08/2017 | 6 Comments
(CNS): Senior prison staff from HMP Northward will be heading off to the UK soon to take part in specialist training relating to gang violence. The prison service clinical team, forensic psychologist Nina Welsh and correctional counsellor Rachel Whitlock will be undertaking a course on managing gang [...]

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Prison starts leather workshop

Prison starts leather workshop

| 21/07/2017 | 12 Comments
(CNS): Several inmates at HMP Northward are in the process of learning a new and specialist skill that the director hopes will have the dual effect of rehabilitation for the men and generate some income that the prison will be able to ringfence for the jail’s wider rehab programmes. Experts fr [...]

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Prison rehab project raises hope for change

Prison rehab project raises hope for change

| 05/07/2017 | 18 Comments
(CNS): HMP Northward has one of the highest recidivism rates in the region and the revolving prison door has become a major problem for local authorities. But a new prison-private sector partnership teaching inmates a wide range of construction and workplace skills is already showing signs of real p [...]

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Cayman needs new jail with rehab focus

Cayman needs new jail with rehab focus

| 29/06/2017 | 41 Comments
(CNS): The prison director thinks the time has come for the Cayman Islands to invest in a new prison and provide more intense rehabilitation services as part of the local fight against crime. Well aware that public spending on jails is rarely popular, Neil Lavis said it was obvious that the current [...]

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Prison starts new rehab project

Prison starts new rehab project

| 08/05/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): Ten prison inmates are about to start a new pilot rehabilitation project run by HMP Northward in partnership with three local construction firms in which the offenders will learn and hone building skills to help them get out and stay out of jail. Faced with the requirements of the new Condit [...]

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First treated sex offender released from jail

First treated sex offender released from jail

| 23/03/2017 | 33 Comments
(CNS): The rehabilitation of offenders has become of significant importance at the prison since the change in the law that now requires all inmates to demonstrate that they have changed before they are released early. But one of the most challenging issues for the prison is dealing with sex-offender [...]

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Prison visitor found with 1lb ganja

Prison visitor found with 1lb ganja

| 15/03/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS): Officials at HMP Northward say they are clamping down on smuggling after arresting a woman earlier this month who was trying to bring over a pound of ganja into the jail while she was visiting, and a recent inspection turned up a Nokia mobile phone hidden in an inmate’s cell. “We have ze [...]

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MLAs press for details on prison video scandal

MLAs press for details on prison video scandal

| 13/03/2017 | 8 Comments
(CNS): Following the reinstatement of Deputy Prison Director Natalie Aduke Joseph-Caesar after a settlement with government, independent members of the Legislative Assembly demanded answers last week over what happened in the scandal at HMP Northward, when unauthorized video cameras were allegedly [...]

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Prison nabs suspect throwing drugs into jail

Prison nabs suspect throwing drugs into jail

| 20/02/2017
(CNS): A man has been arrested after a prison officer caught him throwing ganja over the prison fence. The suspect was said to be in possession of several pounds of ganja in two large bags when he was apprehended. A release from HM Cayman Islands Prison Service said that on Thursday, Prison Officer [...]

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Prison turns to private sector for inmate rehab

Prison turns to private sector for inmate rehab

| 06/02/2017 | 5 Comments
(CNS): Due to a shortage of staff, the prison service is turning to the private sector to help rehabilitate and retrain inmates who will be due for release. Although nine new recruits have now begun training to become prison officers, Cayman Islands jails are around 35% understaffed, the prison mana [...]

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Friend of prison boss favoured over colleagues

Friend of prison boss favoured over colleagues

| 17/11/2016 | 94 Comments
(CNS): A British woman who was a long-time friend of the prison director was given preferential treatment when she was employed at HMP Northward as a manager in 2014 compared to her colleagues. Nina White, who has since left the service after getting embroiled in the ‘videogate’ scandal at the j [...]

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