#TurksandCaicos, December 29, 2017 – Grand Turk – British support and intervention in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is being cited as a ‘game changing’ factor at Her Majesty’s Prison. One observer of conditions at the facility noted overall improvements despite some prickly times between the UK prison officers, inmates and TCI prison guards.
It is explained to #MagneticMedia that “the presence of the new UK prison officers working at the prison in recent months is working.”
It is also shared that, “for the first time in nearly two decades… the prison population has reached its lowest count to only about 85 inmates in total including the six or seven female prisoners. Normally at Christmas and the New years the prison is over crowded…”
Hurricane Irma on September 7, 2017 ripped up the facility including a roof. Severe damage was confirmed. Inmates had escaped briefly during the storm and chaos erupted, forcing Police Tactical Unit officers to be called in with firm, even frightening orders – reportedly to have come from the Governor.
The addition of 20 UK prison officers in October evoked a mix of apprehension and confidence. The troop from the United Kingdom conducted trainings and bolstered manpower at HMP. Our source shares that “early next month, joining the prison staff will be up to seven Jamaican prison officers for 2-3 years and some permanent UK officers.”
The #HMPrison, like other Government-run sites around the country is still damaged with no rebuilding work yet started since the catastrophic storms of September.