Criminal gangs are creating challenges for the placement of inmates at Saint Lucia’s Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), newly re-appointed Director of Corrections, Hilary Herman has disclosed.
Herman was responding to a reporter’s question regarding the procedure for addressing indiscipline by prisoners.
“Currently we have a problem with infrastructure,” he explained.
Herman told reporters at a news conference Tuesday morning that the prison was originally built with a segregation unit.
He said the segregation unit was then used for juveniles.
“It’s tough to manage it because you have to find areas to segregate – particularly as you know, we have a gang issue; so it’s hard to segregate,” the new prison boss stated.
“It is a management challenge to try to discipline and keep inmates segregated. It is a huge challenge and it is mine to take on and I will,” he told the news conference.
Herman disclosed that prisoners regularly get into fights.
Asked what happens in such a situation, he pointed out that the BCF has nine units.
Herman said when an inmate is admitted, it has to be determined whether that inmate belongs to any gangs.
“So the first thing you want to do to protect him – you want to make sure he is not assigned to an opposing gang unit, so we have to do the segregation at that time. We have to manage it and even when you manage it you create other problems in other units.”
The Director of Corrections described the situation as ‘a really big challenge’.