BCF receives ten more overseas prisoners

The Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), Tuesday received seven prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and three from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

With seven BVI prisoners having already arrived here Monday, the local prison is currently home to  a total of 17 inmates from the two British overseas territories.

Director of Corrections, Verne Garde, told St Lucia Times that because the region has been in ‘a bit of despair’, the BCF , which he described as  ‘quite a dynamic holding area’, had been called on to assist.

“We are able to be flexible with regard to the numbers,” the Director of Corrections asserted.

(Verne Garde)

He explained that the number of inmates at the prison about two and a half years ago when he took over, stood at 674.

“Through the work with the judiciary and other complementary bodies, we were able to reduce this number to a record 518 inmates at the facility,” Garde stated.

(Prisoners being transported to BCF)

He told St Lucia Times it was the lowest number of inmates at the BCF  in 11 years.

Garde observed that as a result, the BCF is well within the capacity to be flexible with regard to inmate numbers.

“It is not an issue for us to house high risk inmates – we have done so before. It is not something that we are not accustomed to,” the Director of Corrections noted.

He recalled that in 2004 the BCF successfully housed 40 Grenadian nationals of various risk levels.

Garde disclosed that currently, the BCF has set up a special unit within its  9 unit facility to manage the latest visitors.

“ We are getting support from the British government with respect to doing this,” Garde said.

He explained that the foreign prisoners will be allowed normal visitation rights – one visit per month in addition to one telephone call per week.

Garde said he gave instructions for the prisoners who arrived here on Monday from the BVI to be allowed to contact their relatives by telephone.

“The situation in the Caribbean is dynamic. We have to be here for our brother and sister nations,” he said.

According to the Director of Corrections, the arrangements that have been made so far can allow the BCF to house the BVI and TCI prisoners for an ‘indefinite’ period, until the necessary structures are put in place in the BVI and TCI to allow those British overseas territories to manage their situation.

However he refused to be drawn on how many foreign inmates will eventually be accepted by the BCF.

“In law enforcement, we have to be very strategic,” Garde told St Lucia Times, adding that the BCF was not at liberty to disclose operational matters.

However he promised to keep the media updated as information becomes available.

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Why not the homeless children?

  2. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply

    I thought chastanet said only three so I guess he is not speaking the truth to the st Lucian people who voted him in power

  3. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Just curious!!! What crime did they commit

  4. Advocate
    September 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply

    So is there any correlation to the decrease in inmates at BCF to the increase in crime ? Just asking because I see no need to want to praise number of inmates going Down when we have an impending situation of increase in crime

  5. Cascadela
    September 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm Reply

    CHASTANET LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES YES HOW MANY HE SAID 🙄🤔🤔🤔🙄🙄OKAY..NOW YOU SEE THE REAL DEAL 😯😯A WHITE SUPREMACIST A LYING WHITE SCUMBAG..FIRST IT WAS THREE NOW ITS ALL🤐🤐 PAY CHOU…ST LUCIA YOU HAVE IT YOU WANTED IT YOU GET IT NOW HANDLE IT..WHY CANT YOU BE HONEST THE PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH THIS IS OUR ISLAND CHASTANET NOT YOURS..WE DESERVE ACCOUNTABLITY..THIS RACIST COLIONALIST HAS LOST ALL RESPECT..ST LUCIA YOU WILL GET THAT SHOCK OF YOUR LIFE IN TIME ..KEEP WATCHING

  6. Choops
    September 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Hacks hacks hacks. All of you can shut it. So blinded by colour.

    1. The Crow
      September 27, 2017 at 1:30 am Reply

      And you are not? Fool yourself pal!

  7. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 11:22 pm Reply

    😂😂😂😂😂i just knew I couldn’t trust that fake government there at 60 more to come

  8. Allen
    September 27, 2017 at 12:17 am Reply

    We have a lying government .
    We aim to reach 40 BVI.
    MAKE SURE WE RAISE D BVI FLAG HIGH AT BCF…

  9. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply

    Again, the UK can easily accommodate these prisoners. This responsibility is squarely that of the colonial master. Mr. Chastanet acts like a Supreme Leader, oblivious of the people’s concerns.

    Vibz

  10. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply

    I think Chastanet is trying to build a colony , he might have use for them .

  11. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply

    Yea n when stlucians go bordelais they putting them on concrete to sleep I sure these guys all have beds to sleep on whilst ppl from here is sleeping on the floor smh

    1. Anonymous
      September 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Lol

Leave a Reply

Shares