PM: “Security not at risk”

GIS:-Local security officials as well as the British Government will ensure that prisoners brought to Saint Lucia will be safely transferred and not pose a risk to Saint Lucia’s population.

The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are facing dire circumstances with securing prisoners following the destruction of some prisons by Hurricane Irma and it is believed that over 100 criminals are on the loose in those countries. Saint Lucia has initially agreed in the first instance to house three prisoners in order to assist our Caribbean friends in need, said the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the death toll associated with the Hurricane continues to rise, with 24 people reportedly killed in the Caribbean alone. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet assured the House of Assembly on Tuesday, that the Ministry for Security, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the management of the Bordelais Correctional Facility have assessed the situation and communicated that Saint Lucia can safely house up to 50 prisoners. The Prime Minister has assured that the transfer will be carefully worked out with the British providing support and will not pose a threat to the people of Saint Lucia.

Prime Minister Chastanet explained that Saint Lucia has been helping in the assistance to islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma in various ways. Saint Lucia has reached out to nationals living in those islands and in some cases arranged evacuation and housing. Through the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and with the assistance of the private sector Saint Lucia has also sent aid. The Prime Minister, who is also Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), told the House of Parliament that he saw up close the destruction when he visited Antigua, Anguilla, and the BVI.

“The devastation is very severe,” the Prime Minister said, explaining that in making the decision to accept the prisoners, he considered what would have happened if Saint Lucia was in similar dire need. In times of disaster Saint Lucia also received immense relief and support from the British and the French.

“So the Government of Saint Lucia has agreed at the request of the British Government to take in three prisoners that will be coming in from Turks and Caicos,” PM Chastanet announced. “I have consulted with the Commissioner of Police and the Minister for Security, as well as with the staff of Bordelais. The initial inventory is that if needs be on a temporary basis we have the capacity to house 50 prisoners. In this instance we are only bringing in three prisoners at the first request and those prisoners are going to be coming in from Turks and Caicos.”

The prime minister went on: “Let me take the opportunity to assure all Saint Lucians that your security is not being put at risk. But I think this is the humane thing for us to have done at a time when our brothers and sisters and our friends and family need us the most. It is the most important time for us to stand up and be counted.”


  1. Lucian boy
    September 14, 2017 at 11:44 am


    1. Anonymous
      September 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      What about our own citizens . would it not be better to bring them back home..i know friends family who has requested help.

  2. Truth is truth
    September 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Don’t bring the prisoner down here man that’s a sick move leave them where they are I say. Bunch of foolish St.Lucians. I rather a documented foreign criminal in a jail in my country any day than one finding his way to St. Lucia totally undocumented and reeking havoc on our shore and it’s people. And don’t play like it can’t happen because criminals who escape and don’t want to be recaptured won’t stay where they escaped from. if the same had happen to St.Lucia the other Island would have assisted without any second thought. I bet you if it was Kenny or S.L.P that made the call no say not a word but let’s make the U.W.P government look back and talk about it. Even Hilaire talking just to score political points. We are forgetting that every we get Hurricanes and the same could happen to us and what if the jail had burn down flat with the fire back then before the new one was built. Would ya’ll had like it if the others told ya’ll no handle ya’ll with criminals all over raping, stealing, shooting and killing. ya’ll forget the type of criminals we have sitting in our jail. Sorry Bunch of FOOLS.

  3. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Is this Prime Minister an impressionist? The UK government has all the resources it needs to cater for the prisoners in its hurricane affected territories of the Caribbean. For a ‘broke’ country to house and secure prisoners from a British dependency, when Britain has the facilities, the money, and the security mechanisms to accomplish this, is manifestly ridiculous. The PM is either looking for bouquets from the British or is chaperoned by the most inept advisors.


  4. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Dude, nothing you say will justify the fact that you’re bringing more bad Karma to the Island. I could understand if they were from the independent OECS states, but Britain is solely responsible for the security of its overseas territories (aka BOTs).

    We have enough negative vibrations in the place already…coming from politicians, religion, mean ppl, etc.

  5. Curious
    September 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

    This move is a sick joke on the people of St. Lucia. Police here are consumed with problems relating to law and order and crime. Bordelais is a suspect security facility with overcrowding. Goal breaks have occurred up to not too long ago.

    You can help citizens in distress but criminal elements is the responsibility of the mother country. Are the authorities now trying to curry favour with the British government because of the crime and justice system issues recently exposed by the three British nationals?