Cayman: Migrant Detention Facility To Become ‘Prison’

jail fencePrison officers will be brought in to guard the Cayman Islands Immigration Detention Centre following several high profile escapes from the low security holding facility over the past 18 months.

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced the change Wednesday during Legislative Assembly, revealing that since January 2013, 141 Cuban migrants had landed in the Cayman Islands illegally. Ninety-eight have since been sent back home and 43 remain in the Immigration Detention Centre in the Fairbanks area of George Town.

“Because of the problems with Cuban migrants, the prison has recently been given the responsibility for the management and oversight of the [center],” Mr. McLaughlin said. Natalie Lavis, a former prison governor in the U.K., has been employed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to assist with the transition.

via Cayman Compass

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