Most Saint Lucians who are incarcerated in neighbouring Martinique are due for release within the next year, diplomatic sources have told Saint Lucia Times.
There are currently 56 Saint Lucian nationals behind bars in Martinique for various offences.
According to information obtained by the Times, 36 will be released before the end of 2018.
Just last month National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, had expressed concern about the number of Saint Lucians who are serving time in Martinique, asserting that the number was ‘high’.
Francis announced plans to contact the Saint Lucia Consulate in the French overseas department to obtain information on the jailed Saint Lucians, determine their situation and ascertain whether their rights are being upheld.