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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

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charge

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charge

After pleading guilty and hearing the Police evidence against her, and being warned by the Senior Magistrate that a conviction could carry a prison sentence, 37-year-old Tekania Swan asked to be allowed to change her plea from guilty to not guilty in Magistrates Court this morning. Noting that Ms Swan was not represented by a lawyer and was receiving... Read more of this article

Judiciary Comments: Jailing People Over Debt

Judiciary Comments: Jailing People Over Debt

The judiciary of Bermuda has commented on people being incarcerated for debt, saying under existing law no “debtor should ever be imprisoned solely because they are genuinely unable to pay their debts” and that “imprisonment will only take place where a debtor has deliberately failed to comply with a court order…” A spokesperson... Read more of this article

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