Most violent crime inmates are Caymanian


Of the 63 inmates either sentenced
or on remand in Northward Prison for violent crimes as of 31 December, 2009, 56
of them were Caymanian.

The statistics were obtained from
prison officials in response to a Freedom of Information request made by the
Caymanian Compass. The information provided by prison officials is categorised,
with offences broken down into four categories.

In addition to showing that 89 per
cent of those incarcerated for violent crimes are Caymanian, the statistics
showed that 80 per cent of the men in Northward Prison for any crime were

Those in prison for violent crimes
represented 37 per cent of the prison population, while 25 per cent of
prisoners are there for drug offences, eight per cent for sex crimes and 29 per
cent for other offences.

Of the number of violent crimes
listed, there were 19 prisoners incarcerated for murder or suspicion of murder,
16 of whom were Caymanian.

There were 13 prisoners
incarcerated for possession of a firearm – all of them Caymanian – and 13 inmates
in prison for robbery, all but one of them Caymanian.

Of the 43 inmates in Northward for drug
offences, there are 10 inmates incarcerated for importation of ganja, seven of
whom were foreigners. 

Only two inmates were incarcerated
for possession of ganja, while 10 inmates were there for possession of cocaine.

With regard to drug possession and
consumption offenses, all 20 of those incarcerated were Caymanian, an
indication that foreigners convicted of those crimes are usually deported
rather than incarcerated.

However, 13 of the 23 prisoners –
56 per cent – incarcerated for more serious drug offences were foreigners.

Of the 15 prisoners incarcerated at
Northward for sex offences, 10 were there for rape and five were there for
indecent assault. Thirteen of the 15 sentenced or on remand for sex offenses
were Caymanian.

There are no inmates at the prison
for attempted rape, incest or defilement of a girl under 16, according to the

In the category of ‘other offences’
31 people were incarcerated for aggravated burglary, 25 of whom were Caymanian.

The statistics for Fairbanks Prison
show that two-thirds of its 12 inmates were there for crimes that fall under
the category of ‘other offences’. These include arson, theft, attempted
burglary, aggravated burglary carrying an offensive weapon and wounding.  The other four inmates were there for drug

All but one of the inmates are
Fairbanks are Caymanians.

The Eagle House facility for young
prisoners also had 12 inmates, 11 of whom were Caymanian.


A photo taken inside the grounds of Northward Prison in 2009.


  1. And the point of this article on the front page is?…since you publish those stats…why not publish the stats on these so called “Caymaninans” which are born Caymanian and status grantees.

  2. I agree what happen to all the expacts that are deported for their crimes put that stats on tomorrow’s front page!!

    I have to laugh because it seems that all every1 is teaming up on Caymanians even our own Caymanians, but GOD dont like UGLY!!

  3. Am i reading betweem the lines correctly,is the Caymanian Compass saying Caymanians are causing all the more serious crimes on this island,are they pretty much saying hay shut up locals, by the way you are destroying your own island, but why would our national paper find it necessary to inform the public of this ….o yeah lets divide them a little more.

  4. I am a Caymanian and what I find more disturbing are the comments to this story. You people are a part of the biggest problem on the island… ARROGANCE!

    Of course Cayman has major social problems. Young boys with no sense of responsibility and young girls with no pride have children out of wed lock and raising up ill mannered children.

    I’m glad the Compass published this. We are responsible for our own destiny and the further of these islands. But if we keep thinking that we are the greatest nationality on earth… then our arrogance and ignorance will be our own demise.

    WE HAVE SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS. Parents who encourage their children to have a sense of entitlement just because they’re Caymanian?!!! What do you expect? Our kids today don’t think they have to work for anything. We have horrible examples of leaders. And the older Caymanians keep spewing hate and blame on everyone EXCEPT THEMSELVES!

    You idiots denied we had drugs, gangs, teen pregnancy and even AIDS. Being a Caymanian doesn’t mean we are PERFECT.

    This article should be a wake-up call. Raise your children better and educate them. Encourage your daughters to date guys that have ambition instead of guys who think they are thugs.


    Caymanians are sinners and criminals too. Accept it… learn from it… and grow!

    Honestly, sometimes I am so ashamed of my own people.

  5. No because all these 3rd world ppl want to come and take over our island, but let me tell you something not every Caymanian will put up with everything so keep on pushing us!!

    Yea ‘Most violent crimes are CAYMANIANS” well stop messing with us give us jobs so we dont have to rob!!

    To divide and rule is there only plan!!

  6. Ghost in the Shell

    Wow tell me what you really think :-0

    My concern more than anything about this article is the division it will promote, it should have if the writer was responsible lead to serious questions as to why these crimes are being commited and why is it that we have more Caymanians in a Caymanian Jail but then again that one is obvious.

    Im sure there are more americans in an american jail and more canadians in a canadian jail.

  7. Here was an oppurtunity to state the facts(Prison Stats) talk to locals including expats and make opinions available to the readers maybe even statements from Probation Officers,Senior Police Officers anyone in a position to professionally speak about whats happening and how Cayman can overcome this crime wave ..not sure why the compass didnt think that would have sparked constructive opinions maybe even spark a community dedicated to help each other.

    Take care with what you publish the average Caymanian and Expat probably had a very racist talk at the water cooler this morning beacuse of this article.

    Editor’s note: We’re not sure if this reader is talking about facts or opinions. The facts are in the article. The opinions can surely be provided in the comments section below.

  8. Here’s the thing….

    To say that there is some plot afoot to divide Caymanians by the media and the expats is ridiculous.

    Caymanians have NEVER been united. We have alaways been a tribal people.

    For example…
    When I was in school there was the West Bay Block, East End Block, Towners, The Wallers (mostly expat kids).

    Even in our politics it West Bay against George Town etc. And it seem the whole of Cayman is against Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. It all about your district and territory.

    Nothing is about the islands as a WHOLE.

    You can deny it all you want but you know it’s true. We’ve always hated our own. Caymanians even had a thing about Black Caymanians.

    The country is messed up with the “Good Old Boys club” of politics. And the self righteous holier than thou nutcases. We’re akin to a small hick town in the middle of the sea!

    So please don’t delude yourself in to thinking we were one big loving family. We never were.

    If any thing… this story should bring us together as a community to stand up and make a difference.

    To stop the cycle of ignorance. Set better examples for our people and give our children something to aspire to… other than a cell bock with a view.

    There are good and bad people in every nationality. Cayman is no exception. Not ever expat who comes here is out to get you. Not every Caymanian is a trustworthy person. (and visa versa)

    Life is tough. People are flawed. Times change.

    Don’t add to the headache by sweeping our dirt under the rug.

    Stop worrying about being a Caymainian and try to be a better parent, person and citizen not matter where you live.

    Accept it… learn from it… and grow.

  9. You make strong,honest and valid points that i agree with.

    I certainly am not running from what a percentage of Caymanian has become but rather than rubbing the cut with lime lets do something constructive lets make identifying our problems a chance to consider how to fix them,i hope im not alone when i ask this.

    Ive only asked that when information is dished out that it is done considering the effect it will have on its readers, can you imagine for a moment the judgement this article has brought about amongst our people, this is just one more thing to bring down the less fortunate caymanian, it does not inspire personal development im not asking for this information to be delivered on a hallmark card however i believe solutions and causes would have been usefull that way readers would see that there are some people in Cayman that dont have life easy or who has become complacent and look to crime as a quick fix, to me this presents a breakdown in parenting a change in our culture and for some the harsh reality they have created or forced to live in which has put them in a mental state of ignorance.

    Lets promote compassion and helping each other for a change.

  10. I understand what you’re saying. Maybe I’ve just become far too disenchanted with my people and where I see us going. But I’m more of the cut and dry sort. Information like this just angers me because I know we can do better.

    But I’m also afraid to learn that there is a large percentage of Caymanians that don’t seem to care.

    But you are correct.. we need more solutions.

  11. My only concern with your report was how many are BORN Caymanians and how many are imported Caymanians as there is many of us who would prefer if you wrote it that way .I bet you all will see a big change in that figure right away .Check and see.

  12. hmmmm…I wonder what the comments would have been if the headline read Most violent crime inmates are Jamaican???

    This is Cayman and yes, that is an obvious statistic, BUT I am sure many of those commenting thought about the evil influence of ex-pats on Cayman society and are mildly surprised.

    The issue should not be their nationality but what do we do as parents to stop our children (Caymanian, status holders, British, Guyanese, American) from getting to that point of being a statistic.

    Parents, rein in your children, support their teachers in disciplining them, and maybe in 5 – 10 years time, the TOTAL NUMBER, NOT THE PERCENTAGE (who really cares about the percentage of Caymanians or Barbadians or Canadians) of violent crime offenders will be down!

    One love people!

  13. As someone who has lived in the Cayman Islands for a number of years and who loves the country, I have to say that these figures are not shocking to me. I used to volunteer in a reading programme at Northward Prison and one of the things that used to break my heart was to see grown men and women who were unable to read and write. I think the problem that is affecting not only Cayman but most countries in the Caribbean is the lack of education amongst our youth. No one believes that having an education is important. I may not have liked a lot of things that Alden McLaughlin was doing but one of the things that I applauded him for was his stance on education. Without a properly educated society, this is what every country in the world will sow. In addition, parents have to start being parents and stop being your child’s best friend. One of the things that I used to see when I was in Cayman was the freedom with which young people were able to go out, drive cars, and basically just have a good time all with their parents’ blessing. I am 45 years old and grew up in a tough section of Jamaica, West Kingston, and I do not recall ever having the freedom to go partying like I see young people have today. Parents no longer insist that children do not sit in front of the tv when they get home from school. They no longer monitor their friends and social activities. Children are insisting on privacy. Hello, if you want privacy go get your own place. Parents are not being parents and I do not care when parents say well I have to work. I raised 2 children as a single parent in Jamaica. One is now an attorney and married and the other one is in his final year of University. Both of them had curfews. There were no phone calls after 8pm at night. No tv watching after 7pm on a school night. Chores had to be done before I got home from work. Homework had to be done and placed on the dining room table for me to check when I got home from work. No friends were allowed to come calling after 8pm at night, especially on a school night. No bike riding during the week. These and many more rules were laid down and the last time I looked neither of my 2 children are worse off for it. Perhaps rather than bemoaning the situation that has now faced us as a people, and I mean all Caribbean people, we should start looking at solutions to the challenges that we face.

  14. Its call the chicken come home to roose,for years Caymanian parent thouht that their children were saints. they blame everything on expat now they’re reaping the benefit its going to get a lot worse before it get better.Your child that never did anything wrong is in prison for murder now who you’re gana blame, no one but yourself.

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