Seven ‘high risk’ BVI prisoners arrive in Saint Lucia

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 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.


  1. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Hope all goes well

    1. Amazed
      September 26, 2017 at 6:53 am

      I agree

  2. Serious
    September 26, 2017 at 7:10 am

    How do you know they are “high risk” prisoners and who told you? At least you should not make this determination all by yourself. Your role here is to state the facts without any semblance of bias and uninformed personal opinion.

    1. Anonymous
      September 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Based on your reasoning I am guessing that the Program Manager at the BCF, the person who is responsible for organizing the different programs and processes at BCF was not provided with the information regarding the type of prisoners that she would have to make accommodations for. BRILLIANT!!!! Such a scholar. How can you make preparations if you do not know what you are preparing for? Some of you people just don’t think

    2. Anonymous
      September 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I so Agreeeee with you!!!

  3. Broken
    September 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

    So all the time you’ll were lying to us Saint Lucian’s and saying dat d prison full,i t eh have space?????
    And St.lucians brace yourselves for more prisoners to come into our country from d BVI
    England smart weee,eee par mem vle yoooh!!
    From 3 _7
    From 7_11 ………
    From 11_…………
    I eh have a problem in we helping one another but I just hate the liesssssssssssss.
    I wonder how many prisoners dat ENGLAND took!!😎.

    I hope we have space for the DOMNICAN PRISONERS. Now dats our sister isle…….
    Independent jus like us; Not French,English,Dutch or USA.😐

    1. IJahman
      September 26, 2017 at 8:13 am

      COLONY of the British.. why not send all of them to the uk

      1. Amazed
        September 26, 2017 at 10:39 am


    2. Cristal
      September 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

      I am in total agreement with you broken!

      1. Amazed
        September 27, 2017 at 7:07 am

        Why not send them to Barbados. Its little England

    3. Anonymous
      September 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

      @Broken Right on point. The BVI is a British dependency, therefore, these prisoners should be housed by the British. The UK has the capacity, the resources to easily accommodate these prisoners. No prison is 100% ‘escape proof’. There is always a possibility that these hardened criminals could escape no matter how miniscule the chances of this happening may be. St. Lucia is already struggling mightily to combat very serious criminal activities. Its security resources are already stretched thin and man power, proper facilities, adequate equipment are problematic. Fix your house first before you over-stretched yourself trying to fix others. Let the mighty British deal with that, they are more than capable.


  4. Bab camawad oo
    September 26, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I agree with broken
    Too much deceit. England is responsible for the BVI. They need to take them. Because England or its colonies WILL NOT take our prisoners when chou nou peytey. They already decimate the entire north of the caribbean region. We eh see ours coming in the next batch. When the overcrowded BCF we have topple over i hope chastanet can find all the prisoners. Both ours and the ones he genorously housing.

  5. What's Going On
    September 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    If I recall, what the PM said earlier this month was: I have agreed to 3 prisoners “so far.” And he added that the BCF personnel have assured him that they have a capacity to adequately hold up to 50 prisoners. So I don’t know where the lies that you spoke about is. It is evident that since the time of the PM statement, that he has agreed to accept more, simple.
    But I feel the greatest issue is whether we can adequately and safely house them, and for that we have to take the word and assurance from the BCF administration.

    “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.”

    I’m comfortable with that. Now its for them to hold to their words.

  6. Bvigirl
    September 26, 2017 at 8:23 am

    It’s Hurricane Irma, btw, not Harvey. Harvey destroyed Texas.

    1. SMH
      September 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Exactly, need to get their story straight. Smh!

  7. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Why are they hight risks ..this mean they are dangerous..u bring them to st.lucia..ok thats kool but .i think we lucian ppl have a right to kno why they were in prison in the first place ..cuz them day yall does call ppl who seal weed criminals…so did they kill or was in position of weed..n also how long they were in for…dont just bring crimo in lucia without explanations…mr PM lucia is not urs alone

  8. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

    That’s what gets me annoyed with the politicians the lies and deceit. No problem in helping islands in need but why lie to us… From having no space…to housing Only 3… Now 7?? Come one PM at least be HONEST that’s what we are asking for after all our tax money is heavily involved in securing these inmates so stop with the run arounds. Sheese!!!!!

  9. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 26, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Saint Lucia – The new Australia…the 21st century British penal colony. SMH…this is just the beginning.

  10. Met bordah
    September 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Since they so high risk why y’all didn’t just drop them in the middle of the ocean somewhere… Just saying. .lol

  11. Anonymous
    September 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Bravo to those idiots who quarries the population of the BCF if they find that management is lieing about that why those idiots who complaining and cretisizing management don’t filed the empty rooms so the BVI prisoners wouldn’t have space to be there. Idiots.

  12. Curious
    September 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    So as of today the prisoner score is 17. Moved from a statement by the PM of 3 to now 17. I suppose it will soon reach to the 50, the figure the authorities seem very interested in reaching since they have been broadcasting this 50 more that Bordelais can hold.

  13. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Trinidad took in school kids and a few family’s mr pm you decide to take some high risk prisoners if they escape I hope they have your address to come spend some time with you….

  14. Suzuki Blind van
    September 28, 2017 at 6:19 am

    “Our capacity is supposed to be five hundred but presently we are at our lowest,” Lesmond-Joseph revealed. thanks your post

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