Nine of the 21 inmates who were transferred to a prison facility in St Lucia after the September 2017 hurricanes returned to the territory on Thursday, August 16.
The nine prisoners selected to return and continue their sentences at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut were those who demonstrated the highest level of reform, prison authorities told BVI News.
The names of those returning inmates were not mentioned in a media release from Myron Walwyn, who shares joint responsibility for the prison with the Office of the Governor.
Walwyn and Acting Governor David Archer, Jr said the remaining prisoners are expected to return shortly and thanked St Lucia for housing the BVI inmates.
“We wish also to thank the families of those returning now and for those remaining individuals – who will return soon – for their patience whilst refurbishments to the Her Majesty’s Prison have been undertaken,” they said.
The 21 prisoners – classified as ‘high-risk’ – were transferred to St Lucia’s Bordelais Correctional Facility after sections of Her Majesty’s Prison had become compromised during Hurricane Irma.
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