Seven ‘high risk’ prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are currently in Saint Lucia as inmates at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).
The group arrived here Monday after 9.am in a Royal Air Force Airbus that touched down at Hewanorra International Airport (HIA).
They were transported under heavily armed guard to the BCF.
Earlier this month Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, announced that this country had agreed to temporarily house prisoners from the BVI, after the prison there was severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Harvey.
The BCF has sought to allay public fears about the foreign prisoners being here by asserting that special arrangements are in place to secure the visitors.
BCF Programmes Manager, Virginia Lesmond-Joseph, told HTS News Monday evening that the BVI inmates, whom she described as ‘high risk’, will be separated from the general population.
“Our capacity is supposed to be five hundred but presently we are at our lowest,” Lesmond-Joseph revealed.