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Court: Prisoners Charged With Causing GBH

Court: Prisoners Charged With Causing GBH

Three prisoners appeared in this morning’s [August 19] Magistrates Court to answer to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to another prisoner. David Cox, 37, Noel [Noet] Barnett, 29, and Antoine Anderson pleaded not guilty to the charge that in December 2015, at Westgate Correctional Facility, they caused grievous bodily harm to Andre Hypolite. The... Read more of this article

Court: Prisoner Pleads Guilty To Wounding

Court: Prisoner Pleads Guilty To Wounding

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [June 23], a 30-year-old convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to using a pen to stab another prisoner in the eye. Merrick Seaman pleaded guilty to being in an Increased Penalty Zone – namely Westgate Correctional Facility – and unlawfully wounding a fellow prison inmate. The Chief Magistrate was told that on... Read more of this article

7 Foreign Prisoners Deported Out Of Bermuda

7 Foreign Prisoners Deported Out Of Bermuda

Seven foreign nationals — from five different countries — who were incarcerated in Bermuda were deported back to their respective home countries on Sunday. The Ministry of Home Affairs said, “On Sunday, April 24th, 2016, officers from the Department of Immigration’s Compliance Section, with the assistance of officers from the Department... Read more of this article

Ministry Confirm Death Of Westgate Inmate

Ministry Confirm Death Of Westgate Inmate

The Ministry of National Security has confirmed that an inmate at the Westgate Correctional Facility passed away today [Oct 8]. A Ministry spokesperson said, “Tragically an inmate at the Westgate Correctional Facility passed away today. This matter is being fully investigated and there will be no further comment at this time out of respect for the... Read more of this article

Burgess: ‘I Decided To Change & Make Progress’

Burgess: ‘I Decided To Change & Make Progress’

Tristan Burgess — a Westgate inmate serving a 12 year sentence for armed robbery — says his mindset has changed and he’s decided to take a positive direction in life; with the young man taking GED classes and learning gardening skills, with the aim of starting his own business when he is released. “When I first came to Westgate... Read more of this article

Westgate Prisoner Denies Possessing Cannabis

Westgate Prisoner Denies Possessing Cannabis

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [May 26], 22-year-old Raymond Kidd — who is currently serving a sentence in Westgate Correctional Facility  – pleaded not guilty to possessing cannabis and cannabis resin and with attempting to convey prohibited items into Westgate. All three allegations stem from an alleged interception on 13th... Read more of this article

Woman Denies Smuggling Cannabis Into Prison

Woman Denies Smuggling Cannabis Into Prison

In Magistrates Court this morning [May 18], a 24-year-old woman denied charges alleging she smuggled cannabis into Westgate Correctional Facility. Ms Shamaine Kidd pleaded not guilty to being in an Increased Penalty Zone, which was the Westgate Correctional Facility, and possessing cannabis and cannabis resin intended for supply. Ms Kidd also plead... Read more of this article

Inmates Assist Young Life Bermuda In Clean Up

Inmates Assist Young Life Bermuda In Clean Up

Inmates from the Department of Corrections Farm Facility recently spent time clearing the back lot of Young Life Bermuda’s Pitt’s Bay Road offices, earning praise from the Young Life Director who called them an ”enthusiastic and energetic work team.” Kevin Mahoney, Young Life Bermuda Director, said, “Young Life has recognized the... Read more of this article

Photos/Video: Inmates Donate Refurbished Bikes

Photos/Video: Inmates Donate Refurbished Bikes

Earlier today [Mar 25] Premier Michael Dunkley joined Commissioner of Corrections Lt/Col Edward Lambe as well as Westgate Correctional Facility Corrections Officers and inmates for  the Life Line Charity Project bicycle donation presentation. The project involves giving bicycles which have been refurbished by Westgate inmates to deserving children,... Read more of this article

Opinion: Allowing Prisoners To Vote In Elections

Opinion: Allowing Prisoners To Vote In Elections

[Opinion column written by Jonathan Starling] As the UK gears up for its first general election under their new fixed-terms election system [which raises another question of where the OBA’s promised political reforms on this are…], the issue of voting rights for prisoners has flared back into the news. This, too, was an issue that was raised in... Read more of this article

19 Year Old Admits Slipping $75 To Prisoner

19 Year Old Admits Slipping $75 To Prisoner

In Magistrates Court this morning [Oct 9], a 19 year old woman admitted giving $75.00 to an inmate at the Westgate Correctional Facility. Daja-Nae Smith pleaded guilty to taking a prohibited article, namely $75.00 in cash, into Westgate and giving it to inmate Bryce Daniels. This occurred on 12th September 2014. Prosecutor Maria Sofianos told Senior... Read more of this article

Five Westgate Inmates Receive GED Certificates

Five Westgate Inmates Receive GED Certificates

Earlier today [July 9], the Premier and Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley presented General Education Diplomas [GED] certificates to five inmates of the Westgate Correctional Facility.After successfully completing their courses of study, Rashuan Codrington, Kofi Dill, Shannon Forth, Darrion Simons and Shannon Tucker received certificates.The... Read more of this article

Proposed Amendment: 12 Months Before Parole

Proposed Amendment: 12 Months Before Parole

Speaking in the House of Assembly today [July 4], Premier Michael Dunkley outlined the proposed amendment to section 12 of the Prison Act 2001 which would require that incarcerated persons must serve a minimum of 12 months before being eligible for parole. Premier Dunkley said, “The parole process starts at the beginning of an inmate’s incarceration.... Read more of this article