Three male inmates assaulted a female detainee at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) Monday afternoon about 12.10 pm, Director of Corrections Hilary Herman has disclosed.
“It is physical but obviously a medical examination needs to be done so we can have the results of that,” he explained.
Herman told a news conference Tuesday morning that the matter is currently under investigation.
“We have no further details but we think it is important for the public to know that this incident did take place,” the Director of Corrections stated.
Asked by reporters how such an incident could have occurred when male and female inmates are supposed to be kept separate, Herman asserted that something obviously went wrong.
“That is what we will have to decide,” he told reporters.
Herman explained that male and female inmates are very seldom together except in class or at church.
He said they are normally not together.
Herman explained that the incident took place within the medical and female unit.
“The medical and female units are joint units – so within that block you would have both male and female having access to that facility,” he said.
Herman told reporters he knows that procedures were not followed and the reason why has to be determined.
Asked whether the incident speaks to a breakdown in discipline at the prison, he responded in the affirmative.
“Absolutely,” Herman stated.
He observed that Tuesday was his fifth day on the job and a review is being undertaken of prison policies and procedures.
Herman is currently serving his third stint as Director of Corrections.
He was reappointed ton serve in that capacity as of the beginning of October, it was recently announced.
“What I think we need to do is go back to what we had. I think we have become complacent,” he told reporters.
According to the new Director of Corrections the males involved in the attack on the female inmate have been segregated while the victim is receiving counselling.