Saint Lucian Vern Guard who was recently appointed as the head of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut in the British Virgin Islands, has promised several reforms at the facility, local news reports have said.
Guard was quoted by BVI News as saying that he has placed priority on accountability at the prison.
He noted what he described as ‘deficiencies’ in the so-called prison books, the publication reported.
It said Guard made it clear that his observations are in no way an attack on his predecessor David Foot – the United Kingdom national who had been in charge of the prison for the last half-a-decade.
According to BVI News, Garde applauded Foot for his efforts and said he (Garde) will be rolling out a 20-point reform plan for the BVI prison, the details of which would be announced during his two-year tenure.
The former Saint Lucia Director of Corrections officially took up duties in the BVI on July 2.
Some two months before he quit his post in Saint Lucia citing the need for his own personal and professional advancement, Guard’s performance here was praised by National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis.
Francis declared that from all reports, with Guard then at the helm, Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) was “functioning the best in the Caribbean.”
At the time the minister lamented that Saint Lucians do not seem to give their own the kudos that they need.