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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

‘Unaddressed Matters Of Safety & Conditions’

‘Unaddressed Matters Of Safety & Conditions’

Noting that they engage in arduous work inclusive of caring for mentally ill inmates for which there is no adequate support, the Prison Officers’ Association said they have been “faced with unaddressed adverse matters pertaining to safety, security, and work conditions for over 20 years.” Prison Officers Chairman Timothy Seon said, “The... Read more of this article

Officers Work To Rule, Westgate On Lockdown

Officers Work To Rule, Westgate On Lockdown

Prison Officers have gone on work to rule so the prison will be on lockdown for an “indefinite period,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said. This follows after a number of issues, including inmates attacking three officers earlier this month. Speaking at a press briefing called yesterday afternoon, Minister Caines said, “This... Read more of this article

Violence Reduction Programme Graduation

Violence Reduction Programme Graduation

On Friday, the Department of Corrections celebrated five participants from the Violence Reduction Programme [VRP] with a graduation ceremony held at the Co-Ed Facility. “In attendance was the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines, Department of Corrections senior officials, and family members,” a Ministry spokesperson said. “This... Read more of this article

Concerns Raised By Prison Officers Association

Concerns Raised By Prison Officers Association

The Ministry is “aware of concerns raised” by the Prison Officers Association “regarding the health and safety of its members,” National Security Minister Wayne Caines confirmed, adding that the Ministry “remains committed to continuing to work with the POA membership to resolve any outstanding issues.” Minister Caines... Read more of this article

Minister Meets With Prison’s Treatment Board

Minister Meets With Prison’s Treatment Board

Yesterday [Feb 13] at Westgate Correctional Facility, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines, met with the Department of Corrections’ Treatment of Offenders Board to discuss progress made by the Board over 2018, and how to further enhance the programs and opportunities provided to persons in our care. “The Board which is chaired by Scott... Read more of this article

Drone Seen Hovering Over Westgate On Feb 3

Drone Seen Hovering Over Westgate On Feb 3

Today [Feb 5], Minister of National Security Wayne Caines received a report from Acting Commissioner of Corrections Keeva-mae Joell-Benjamin that a drone was seen hovering over the Westgate Correctional Facility in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 3. A spokesperson said, “The police were notified of the sighting. “Minister Caines... Read more of this article

Contraband Seized & Assault Against Officer

Contraband Seized & Assault Against Officer

Contraband has been seized and a Corrections Officer was assaulted, and the police are investigating both matters in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, the Minister has confirmed. Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, “As I indicated in recent statements, the public will be aware that the Ministry has been working with... Read more of this article

Minister Caines Addresses Westgate Concerns

Minister Caines Addresses Westgate Concerns

Saying he has been made aware of concerns at Westgate, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said it is his desire to “ensure that we have a strong plan” and address the concerns, and also noted that they have fifteen new officers starting tomorrow. Minister Caines said, “Most recently I have been made aware of concerns at the... Read more of this article

Inmate Complains About Smoking Ban In Prison

Inmate Complains About Smoking Ban In Prison

An inmate complained to the Ombudsman’s office about the smoking ban in prison, however the office declined to act on the complaint, noting that the smoking ban had been implemented nearly seven years before the inmate lodged the complaint. This is according to the recently released Ombudsman report which said, “An inmate wrote to our Office... Read more of this article

Inmates Construct Items For Use At Ag Show

Inmates Construct Items For Use At Ag Show

The Ministry of National Security advised that the Department of Corrections has once again partnered with the Ag Show Ltd. to provide assistance to the Annual Agriculture Show. For the third year in a row, and under the supervision of Corrections’ staff, around six inmates have constructed various items for use at the Ag Show. Recently, Antwon Albuoy,... Read more of this article