Cayman: Report Shows Improvements at Cayman’s Prisons

A new report shows several areas of improvement in the conditions and operations of prisons in the Cayman Islands, but points to other areas still in need of improvement.The document was put together by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate and released Thursday (25 June), following its scheduled re-inspection of Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service earlier this year.The inspection team spent 10 days on island, during which time they toured facilities, interviewed staff of all ranks, attended classes, interviewed prisoners, reviewed official records and observed the operations of both Northward and Fairbanks prisons.Some areas in which positive change was noted are as follows: Low incidence of violence. Improved perimeter security at Northward. A robust Complaints Procedure is in place with quality control measures to ensure timely attention to all submissions. Low incidence of use of force. Newly renovated Juvenile Unit. Strong faith and religious programs meeting the varied needs of prisoners. Improved educational and vocational opportunities for prisoners. Learning resources available. Robust Release on Temporary License (ROTL) program. Employability skills courses available.“Work is still required in many areas and some issues like the failing physical infrastructure will require a major capital investment from the government to attain a passing score,” stated a release from Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service.“In anticipation of this the prison has commissioned a full estate evaluation from a company with extensive expertise in this area,” it added.

Source: Report shows improvements at Cayman’s prisons – Cayman 27

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