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Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at … Continue reading

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Ex-Broadmoor psychiatrist visits St Helena inmates

Serious offenders have been visited in St Helena’s prison by a specialist psychiatrist. Dr Tim McInerny – who also works on the Falklands – has been brought in to help prisoners avoid re-offending when they are released. He carried out … Continue reading

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Jamestown prison story goes global

Last week’s story about conditions in St Helena’s “unfit” gaol have been shared around the world on a prison news website. The Prison Enquirer has re-run the story of councillors’ refusal to consider a plan to create a new facility … Continue reading

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Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

Efforts to end “human rights violations” in St Helena’s overcrowded prison have been frustrated by executive councillors’ refusal to consider plans for a new gaol at Half Tree Hollow. It is thought the acting governor, Owen O’Sullivan, might exercise his … Continue reading

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We have more time for inmates, says new prison boss

St Helena’s tiny prison presents benefits as well as problems, according to new manager Martin David. HMP Jamestown has been criticised for its inadequate facilities in a succession of inspection reports, and concerns have been raised in the island’s human rights … Continue reading

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Police chief expresses sadness for convicted prison boss

The conviction of St Helena’s last prison manager for theft has been described as a “sad situation” following positive work on the island. St Helena Police helped recover stolen property left on the island by Mick Morris, who was said … Continue reading

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Jamestown prison boss gets jail term for theft

Mick Morris, who ran Jamestown Prison until earlier this year, has been given a jail term himself – for stealing from another prison. A court in the UK heard he took computers and a camera from Leyhill Open Prison when he … Continue reading

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Chokers in chokey: prisoners get right to smoke inside (comment added)

Inmates of Jamestown prison have been exempted from St Helena’s new ban on smoking in public buildings, which came into force on 1 September 2012. Under the law, anyone caught smoking in a public building is liable to a fine … Continue reading

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Prison plans in hand as Castle sets out vital projects

Basic designs are being drawn up for moving St Helena’s “unfit” prison out of Jamestown. Planning advice is being sought, according to a spokesman for St Helena Government (SHG). First, a new unit for young people with challenging behaviour must … Continue reading

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Soft sell: inside info that prison job advert doesn’t mention

The advertisement for the job of running St Helena’s prison makes it sound almost attractive. The “chance of a lifetime” job is described as “a challenging role in an outstanding setting” – apparently not a reference to conditions in the prison itself. … Continue reading

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