Saint Lucia’s Deputy Director of Corrections has disclosed that strict COVID-19 protocols are in place at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).
According to Leonard Terrance, all except ‘professional’ visits by persons like lawyers and probation and parole officials to the prison have been cancelled.
In terms of receiving new prisoners, Terrance told reporters on Friday that once the court makes a decision to either remand or sentence individuals to the BCF, they are screened medically.
“Based on the screening we accept them at the facility,” he explained.
Terrance disclosed that once prisoners arrive at the BCF they are issued face masks.
“They are examined by the medical team at the facility again and placed in what we call the induction area,” he stated.
Terrance said the BCF keeps the inmates there for 14 days under observation.
He told reporters that their temperatures are checked every morning and after 14 days, with no signs of COVID-19, they are placed in the areas they are supposed to occupy.
Terrance revealed that the BCF is about to put virtual visits in place.
“Families will be able to communicate with the inmates virtually,” he told reporters.
The Deputy Director of Corrections said so far there have been no COVID-19 cases at the BCF.
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed because it has ravaged some prisons throughout the world, particularly in South America and the United Stated,” Terrance recalled.
He said the focus of the BCF is on prevention.
However the senior prison official asserted that should there be any infections, the facility has systems in place to deal with such an eventuality.
Terrance made the comments as the BCF on Friday received a gift of COVID-19 support items, including gloves and masks.
The gift was supplied by the CARICOM Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), through the British government.
Other Caribbean countries have also received supplies.