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Inquiries Continue Into Westgate Inmate Escape

Inquiries Continue Into Westgate Inmate Escape

Inquiries regarding the circumstances of a Westgate inmate’s escape continue and he has been transferred from police custody back to the Westgate Correctional Facility. A police spokesperson said, “A 29-year-old male Westgate Correctional Facility inmate that escaped Monday afternoon and was apprehended in the South Road, Horseshoe Road,... Read more of this article

“Unaccounted For” Westgate Prisoner Caught

“Unaccounted For” Westgate Prisoner Caught

[Updated] An “unaccounted for” inmate from the Westgate Correctional Facility has since been located in Southampton and is currently in custody, according to police. A police spokesperson said, “Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley can confirm that Bermuda Police Service and Department of Corrections personnel conducted a joint... Read more of this article

Corrections Department Holds GED Graduation

Corrections Department Holds GED Graduation

The Department of Corrections [DoC] celebrated the GED Class of 2019 with a graduation ceremony held at the Co-Educational Facility, with Minister of National Security Wayne Caines, Department of Corrections senior officials, and family members in attendance. The successful graduates were:Daymon Simmons Dion Cholmondeley Detre’ Ford Andre’ Richardson Mikiel... Read more of this article

Carpentry Shop Named After Jimmy Pratt

Carpentry Shop Named After Jimmy Pratt

The Department of Corrections named the Farm Facility carpentry shop in honour of Mr. James “Jimmy” Pratt, for his many years dedicated service to the DoC, and inmates housed at the Farm Facility.“Mr. Pratt was joined by his wife, children, grandchildren, Acting Commissioner Keeva Joell-Benjamin, Assistant Commissioner Phillip Dowie, Programs... Read more of this article

Corrections Dept Experiencing Telephone Outage

Corrections Dept Experiencing Telephone Outage

The Department of Corrections is advising that due to technical issues with their telephone system, the main telephone lines, 234-0555 and 295-4975 are currently down; however, 297-1280 is working correctly. A spokesperson said, “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will provide in update once the issue is resolved.” Related... Read more of this article

Westgate Facility’s Kitchen Closed For Repairs

Westgate Facility’s Kitchen Closed For Repairs

The Westgate Correctional Facility’s kitchen was “closed for repairs due to collapsed ceiling” and  “meals have been prepared at the Co-Ed/Farm Facility, and the Royal Bermuda Regiment has offered their kitchen facilities for meal preparation.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Corrections is advising... Read more of this article

Ministry: No Injunction Against Prison Officers

Ministry: No Injunction Against Prison Officers

The Ministry of National Security said that “no injunction has been filed against the Prison Officers Association.” A Government spokesperson said, “As a result of multiple inaccurate media reports, the Ministry of National Security would like to clarify that no injunction has been filed against the Prison Officers Association. “The... Read more of this article

Prison Officers Association March On Parliament

Prison Officers Association March On Parliament

The Prison Officers Association marched on the House of Assembly on Friday [June 7], seeking to express their concerns about a number of matters.The issues have been ongoing, and last month the Prison Officers’ Association noted that they engage in arduous work inclusive of caring for mentally ill inmates for which there is no adequate support,... Read more of this article

Prison Officers Work To Rule Continues

Prison Officers Work To Rule Continues

The Prison Officers Association [POA] confirmed this evening [June 6] that their Work to Rule continues. A spokesperson said, “The POA wishes to advise that recent news media reports have been inaccurate. To be clear, the Work to Rule continues. Additionally the POA is not aware of any reported labor dispute as gazetted.” Last month the Prison Officers’... Read more of this article

Labour Dispute Between Govt & Prison Officers

Labour Dispute Between Govt & Prison Officers

The Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports issued a notice that a “labour dispute exists” between the Government and the Bermuda Prison Officers’ Association, and she is referring the dispute for settlement to the Labour Disputes Tribunal. This is according to today’s [June 3] Official Notices, which said, “Pursuant to section... Read more of this article

Honours & Awards Ceremony At Govt House

Honours & Awards Ceremony At Govt House

The annual Honours and Awards Ceremony took place at Government House, with members of the uniformed services acknowledged with long service awards, while recent recipients of the Queen’s Certificates and Badges of Honour were also recognised. A Government spokesperson said, “Last Thursday [15 May], Deputy Premier, the Hon. Walter Roban, JP,... Read more of this article

Minister Updates On Department of Corrections

Minister Updates On Department of Corrections

Minister of National Security Wayne Caines provided an update on the Department of Corrections, speaking on the “impasse” between the  Management Team and the Prison Officers Association, the security issues, hot water, mould and more. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Friday, Minister Caines said, “Most recently the Prison Officer... Read more of this article

Video: Panel Discussion With Prison Officers

Video: Panel Discussion With Prison Officers

Bernews will be hosting a News & Views panel discussion at around 9am today [May 8] with Timothy Seon and negotiator Thad Hollis set to discuss issues concerning the Prison Officers Association.The panelists will be discussing the matter with journalist Don Burgess, and we will update this article with the live video at around noon today, or... Read more of this article