Prison programme under review

Governor Stuart Jack announced Tuesday that there would be an independent policy review at Northward prison following the March killing of 21-year-old Sabrina Schirn.

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Mr. Orren Merren

A prison inmate, 38-year-old Randy Martin, was charged last week in connection with Ms Schirn’s death. Prison officials have said that Martin was on a prison work detail at an East End farm around the time when Ms Schirn was believed to have been killed.

The 21-year-old’s body was found less than a mile away from the prison-owned farm.

“The murder of Sabrina Schirn was both a tragic and appalling act,” Governor Jack said in a prepared statement. “The safety and security of the residents of the Cayman Islands are of paramount importance to me.”

Mr. Jack said the review would include the policies and procedures in place at the prison service for inmates who were released to the outside for work programmes. Local attorney Mr. Orren Merren was named to undertake the review.

“The aim will be to ensure that the arrangements for prisoners outside the prison adequately protect the public while balancing…the important efforts of (Commissioner of Corrections William) Rattray and the management and staff of the prison have been making towards the rehabilitation of prisoners,” Governor Jack said.

Read more on this story in the Caymanian Compass later this week…