Saint Lucia offers to accept BVI prisoners

Saint Lucia has made an offer to  the British government  to have prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) transferred here, Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has said.

However the Saint Lucia Prime Minister disclosed that the British government has not taken this country up on the offer of the prisoner transfer.

“But certainly we wanted to let them know that we would make facilities available, should it be needed,” Chastanet said.

The BVI was heavily impacted by hurricane Irma.

“The prison was badly damaged  and so we were making space at Bordelais as well as making facilities available at the free zone to be able to help,” Chastanet told a news conference Friday.

He explained that there is a shortage of manpower because people are helping with essential services.

“Saint Lucia stands ready to assist all of our brothers,” the Prime Minister, who is currently Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) declared.

Chastanet also announced that an initial sum of half a million dollars has been given to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), which has been activated to coordinate supplies to be sent to the Islands that have been affected by Irma.

NEMO is preparing to deploy persons to some of the affected Islands as early as Sunday.

In addition, the organisation was preparing Friday to send water, hygiene kits and other supplies to Antigua for onward distribution to impacted Islands.






  1. smh
    September 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    smh jusso

  2. Go-go
    September 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm


  3. zee
    September 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Really….you have no room for your criminals but ready to house prisoners from BVI. Better off housing people who need a roof over their heads and let the British house their own prisoners. Sorry to sound so insensitive but that’s how I feel

    1. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Damn right! Couldn’t have said it better!

    2. Flave
      September 9, 2017 at 3:49 am

      My thoughts exactly! Make space…how? He will let some criminals go free to house others?! Allen check yourself.

    3. Pastor Aristide
      September 10, 2017 at 5:52 pm


  4. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    That’s the best offer you can make mr PM??.
    You want to house them in the free zone,mewh mem i say no more just madness coming out of your mouth not nonesense.

    1. Pastor Aristide
      September 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Would you not be please to be helped, people be real

  5. WoW
    September 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    That’s the best we could do. Prisoners? Ok…

  6. Seriously
    September 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    But Lord. After we complaining that our prison does not have the man power and has too many people. The best way our country see is to take the prisoners. Why don’t we take some young children and families and let the prisoners help clean-up the place. The prisoners get to eat and sleep well whilst the others continue to leave in tents and eating off the little they have left…..SERIOUSLY.. that’s the best decision our country can take..
    I know some people are going to take me up on that….Waiting to hear your thoughts.

    1. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      In complete agreement. It’s time these prisoners are given hard work and an opportunity to assist in rebuilding a community or country. Why can’t we house a few families who are now homeless. That idea of prisoners is ridiculous

    2. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      That PM is proving the SLP right you know!!🤔

      1. Solange Bastien
        September 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

        SMH! That man is Sick!

    3. Flave
      September 9, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Well said. Couldn’t agree more.

  7. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Smh. Your police force is under staffed. Prisons pack up. U pulling such a stunt.

  8. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    How can he make this decision without even hearing the views of the people. Bad move. RIP our tax money that could’ve been used elsewhere.

  9. Curry
    September 8, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Lol pm chas off like a tek !! Prisoners?? Da man ok?? So who go clean bvi?? Put dem to wk ! I jus 12 an I seeing the pm loco

    September 8, 2017 at 8:47 pm


  11. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    When you thought you heard the most bizarre things in life….there comes.our PM to top it off!!!!
    I agree with ALL comments made this far…..

  12. Irritated
    September 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What utter rubbish and crap. What Is wrong with Prime Minister Chastanet?????? Is he for real???? Is he a right thinking person????? How can you accept prisoner, when the prison is overcrowded, and they prison officer here don’t know a thing about the prisoners, I’m sure their files have been damaged, flow away, destroyed etc. Its the hands of god, let the prisoners loose in their country. Let them stay there to rebuild their country. Give them hard labour. What happen to all the sane people, the babies, children, adults and elderly???? Aren’t these not important????? Smmmhhh

  13. Kayron
    September 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Smart move. Think about it. As much as we want to help others the fact is you hv no idea who is a thief, rapist, murderer that was never caught out amongst our people and in their homes. The pm offered to take prisoners where he know for a fact where they are and what they are. I feel for those ppl that lost everything but I’m not comfortable housing strangers and I don’t know who and what they are. That way the pm is helping and he’s being smart too. I don’t always agree with him but I think it’s a brilliant move!

    1. Kind-hearted
      September 9, 2017 at 9:01 am

      I almost cried when I read this comment because I forgot that there are still cold hearted idiots like you. If the PM had made the decision to house homeless families and had asked the ppl of St. Lucia I would with no questions open my heart to at least 10 children! And don’t mind using my last dollar to do so. Our tax money can do better, it can at least take the children instead! It’s only temporary help. Why don’t we take the children and give them a classroom in each school or 2 in each classroom, SOMETHING! Get some persons who are unemployed at least a temporary job whether it be teaching or baby sitting. Infact we can take the teachers, doctors, nurses along with these children. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE WE CAN DO! Same way you know the criminals, same way gov’t knows the ppl they hire. And besides a stranger is anyone I do not know, this includes St. Lucians and persons in my own community, as well as the tourists coming here… so you’re just talking to the max, please think about what you just said. Not comfortable my! Smh But you sure are comfortable taking a bunch of criminals! Smh. They should break away the minute they land!!! Then you would know what comfortable is!

  14. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    SMH… PM needs help

  15. Carlos
    September 8, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    PM and Maduro are head to head taking dumb desicions

  16. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    But just now. To me there has always been an issue with space at the prisons. Why on earth would you want to house prisonets. Besides I understood that they are under staffed
    Mr minister please….before you make these decisions consult with those who are better able to update you with the situation at borderlais

    Accepting homeless kids…or the elderly…would be my priority.
    I love my prime minister…but sir…this decision is clearly an idiotic one.

  17. Jay
    September 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Where is the wisdom in this gesture —zero.
    Don’t you have enough problems of your own to contend with. Don’t open the door for more demons to join the already existing hell.

  18. Uwp
    September 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Good move my PM they need any help they can get

    1. Pm deck deck
      September 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Ou meme sans honte ee. Blindly support your pm sackway embecille

    2. Fraggy
      September 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      You are mentally insane for thinking that housing prisoners from another country in an overpopulated prison is a good idea. Not to be political, but this just makes the UWP look bad and proves the SLP’s point, Allen has no idea what he is doing.

  19. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 8, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Is Allen okay? Smh…I have heard it all man! I know a better place where you can put them tho, but they won’t post my comment.

  20. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t understand why some people still get blinded by the foolish decisions made by the pm because they are UWP, Good move my foot… It time we realize that in the end the decisions made by the pm affects OUR country…not someone else’s…

  21. concerned foreign citizen
    September 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    PM please do not take the prisoners. They will corrupt our prisoners and break away. Bring the nurses and teachers instead.

  22. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm


  23. aLucian
    September 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Of course that was a sensible offer to make; after all we have a model prison system with space galore, not to mention a very low crime rate. You, sir, sometimes (more often than not, actually) strike me as a fool. That is all.

  24. Lilac.
    September 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Best well qualified idiot Allen Chastanet.

  25. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Lol, boy Chastanet take the cake, madness to the max. Wonderful offer PM, you taking my tax money to accomodate criminals. Bravo, smh

  26. Lilac.
    September 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    You have a serial female rapist loose. You looking for me to add to it. 35 homicides for the year thus far. You are not satisfied!!! Go Chastanet go!!!!!!!. Go Chastanet go !!!!!!!!. He is an unstable equilibrium!!!! SMH

  27. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    What the hell is wrong with this damm Chastenet that damm prime minister doesn’t love our little st lucia.he is killing it dead…my lord all of us let’s take a stand and put him out now. This man is sick.

  28. listening
    September 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    All of y’all dumb can’t y’all tell that the white man wants to get rid of us colourd pips y would he make such a move even trump would never make such a foolish offer

  29. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Mr PM the best thing to do is get back the country 20, million dallors you left for Sandal. Is it because your minister was working for the owner Sandals as. PR0. You say the country dont have money , but he is getting richer. Are you for the county. 20 milloin can do so more. Lucian why dont you all protest.

  30. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Now Sandals has there feet in our throught. Has do many hotel and ask for 20 million dallar no paying the tax. Is that fair for our island. Im talking to you Mr PM

  31. Concerned
    September 9, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Mr Prime Minister you are the BIGGEST IDIOT in office. The British government refused them.
    Where are you going to house those Donald Trump will be sending huh???????

    September 9, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Mwen peh, nwen far shay. Look you all pen en panier. Like a boss, he right

  33. Laura Nel
    September 9, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Why can’t Britain house the prisoners of the BVI? Bordelais is struggling to house the island’s prisoners because of the growing prison population, why would the PM think we need more prisoners on the island? Does he even know the category of those prisoners he is proposing to house? They could be very dangerous people. What if we have a hurricane and all infrastructure gets damaged, what then happens to the BVI prisoners.
    I think it is a ridiculous idea to house prisoners. Think again Mr PM, ST LUCIA has an alleged serial rapist who cannot be caught, the island’s police are hopeless at catching criminals, do you think they could catch a BVI escapee? The homicide rate to date is 35, put the resources where it is needed.

  34. Curious
    September 9, 2017 at 4:29 am

    That suggestion by the PM is so ridiculous it was not worth reporting on. That is now topping the entries for joke of the year 2017.

  35. Lucian
    September 9, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Oh my goodness, when i though chastenet couldnt get any worste he’s done it again. This prime minister will go down in history as the dumbest PM in caribbean and world history. His mother and father must be wishing they took that abortion.

  36. Relentless
    September 9, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Two killed in La Clery, and that (Word deleted) wants to take in prisoners? What happen? Nothing good must come to St Lucia?

  37. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Ok. That’s one move I disagree with. Your’ll cannot control those that are here, your’ll cannot take care of those you have, there’s no space, you’ll have them like sardines in a can? The police is understaffed. I mean that’s the best you could have thought of? Disappointed in that thought. Letting the ppl who voted your in down. U need to reconsider this.

  38. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Like serious..lets deal with the the hotels that are none unionize like..sandals ..coco palm..bay gardens…and the many more small hotels on island

  39. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

    i hope some of those gangs of prisoners which is associated to you and your counterpart will be all inclusive at coco palm.

  40. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I agree with you Chastanet.
    We need more criminals with the up justice system we already have.
    Whilst you’re at it invite them to your home to meet your family.
    Step from office.
    Vote of no confidence.

  41. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Allan chastanet hand done much for st lucia

  42. weeeop
    September 9, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    good job we are the leaders in the oecs as the greatest country in the caribbean we must help

  43. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    That’s a dumb move bringing more criminals into the country.

  44. Pm deck deck
    September 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Chastanet say on lehleh. Smh what did we do to deserve this pm? Aww wee messier. What a drisgrace of a prime minister smh. since he is so considerate of the prisoners plight maybe he should open up his home to them .

  45. Go-go
    September 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    The 40 star bursting at the seams. We don’t have enough crime here. My goodness. Why not families, school children. Come on. ….All what’s not good is for St Lucia. Lord put a hand

  46. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Now st Lucian knows they have a PM with special needs.

  47. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Prisoners??!! We barely have space for the ones we have and we offering to take in prisoners!! So much crime in the place already we bringing in new ‘angles’ new, tactics!! I mean..come on!! Choops Someting wrong somewhe, I trying to figure it out but awah!!

  48. Anonymous
    September 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    PM Chasnet your M2CC!!

  49. Bbb
    September 10, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    St.lucians stop talking . nothing is given for nothing stupid

  50. pantherzone
    September 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I have no words, we have truly gone MAD!!!

  51. Anonymous
    September 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Aaaaaaaaa!!!smh prisioners?

  52. Lucian boy
    September 10, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    A mad white man lucians you were warned…

  53. nasty
    September 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    hell no

  54. John Smith
    September 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I am disgusted that that trumpish pm would prefer to take prisoners than needy citizens but you know why he is doing it……because their government will pay St Lucia to house them whereas they will not pay for their needy and displaced citizens. Chastanet is definitely a,tropical Trump. This man would cut his nose,off,to spite his face. Do we have space in bordelais Mr Chastanet? You are a one term pm

  55. John Smith
    September 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    St lucians too damn coward. Peiple should protest everything this,damn [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] does. He dont,even realise that he is losing so much support. But,he,is there to push big business interest. Remember he was,crying at the,press conference when Holness from Jamaica,was,here,saying that he was responsible for paving the way for butch when,he was,at,the tourist board. Butch supported Fedee s campaign and was on the ground in anse la raye so its payback time. St lucia will find out with those greedy chastanets and duboulays.

  56. Sha-sha
    September 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    After all that crime going on in st.lucia mr Mp see the best way to help is to bring in more criminals in the country……MR MP WHAT THE HELL ARE U THINKING. SMH

  57. Anonymous
    September 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Our prison system is already screaming for help, and now we are looking To accept prisoners from the BVI. Sorry let the Brits take care of that. Yet we have forgotten our sister OECS isle Antigua and Barbuda. Shouldn’t they be our first option to assist ? What about our OECS members that are homeless. The Children that are affected. Why not provide them with a home To sleep and the option To continue their education.

  58. Anonymous
    September 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    The PM is sick in the head. I think he fell on his head before he said that he will store the BVI prissioners in his house and if they don’t have enough space store them at your hotel or butch which he has shares with.

  59. amazed
    September 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I really thought Kenny was the problem ihh hmmm…waiting on the rest of the five years if am still alive. By that time he wud hav sold the city

  60. Smh
    September 11, 2017 at 1:28 am

    The prison in St lucia is over crowded where mr prime minister is the space? How do u make space? Do you plan set st Lucian crimin also free or have prisoners share beds? The queen and the british surely aint impressed. Chpz

  61. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Like really. That is the only assistance we can offer?

  62. Anonymous
    September 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Because we don’t have enough criminals of our own. Idc if this sounds insensitive but leave those damn criminals and house the regular citizens! Extend aid that is fine but the best way you thought to help was take prisoners? Never thought I would be calling prime minister Chastanet an idiot.