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Prison responsibilities shifts, back under Health Ministry

From left: Governor Augustus Jaspert, Superintendent of Prison Verne Garde, Health & Social Development Minister Carvin Malone, and his permanent secretary Petrona Davies.

Her Majesty’s Prison has been shifted back to the Ministry of Health & Social Development.

Under the previous National Democratic Party administration, prison responsibilities were placed under the Ministry of Education & Culture where former legislator Myron Walwyn served as minister.

But, speaking with BVI News on Sunday, Health Minister Carvin Malone said prison responsibilities were originally under his ministry.

“It was shifted from Health to Education in 2004 because the then Minister was the Finance Minister and the ministry was overloaded with subjects and it was shifted that way. But, Health was the original home,” Malone explained.

The minister further said he believes prison responsibilities are best served under his ministry.

“That’s where all the social programmes are. And if you talk about reform, all of the agents of reform are within the Ministry of Health & Social Development,” he reasoned.

While stating that no meetings have been held between himself and the Superintendent of Prison yet, Malone said plans will be developed for the penitentiary now that it is back under Health & Social Development.

The prison responsibilities are jointly shared between Governor Augustus Jaspert and Malone.

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  1. Hmmm says:

    That PS needs to go home. Complete waste of time.

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  2. Devon says:

    Makes sense.

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  3. Hmmm says:

    It’s needs to be a conjunction with both Edcation and Health. Those guys have an mental issue and they to education.

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  4. Home Boy says:

    I think it is where it is suppose to be, nothing is wrong with the ministery working with Education as it relates to education reform.

  5. son of the soil says:

    Get rid of the lucian and put a bvislander. I am sick of seeing these island people on top here in the BVI

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    • Fairisfair says:

      Find the competent Virgin Islander and he has a job. Remember when we were on the boat from Ghana, we were one African displaced people? Well, if our brother from the Caribbean can do the job, let it be, just don’t bring another “Foot” to put in our mouth.

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  6. Hmm says:

    I heard he even offered his services to the royal police force. And he got 2 extra years to serve at the her majesty prison great job now fix the rehabilitation up the

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