Cayman prison director retires

Facing the soon-to-be released UK prisons inspectorate review, which – by all accounts – is said to paint a damning picture of the Cayman Islands prisons system, the government announced Tuesday that Prisons Director Dwight Scott would retire in February.

For the moment, Deputy Director Dan Greaves will act in the director’s role while a recruitment process is completed, according to a statement from Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs Chief Officer Eric Bush.

Natalie Joseph Caesar will take on the deputy director’s role.

Mr. Scott will be taking accrued annual leave up through his planned retirement date of 9 February, Mr. Bush’s statement said.

Mr. Scott was appointed as Director of Prisons in 2004 and has worked in the local prisons system for 23 years.

Mr. Bush said Tuesday that the prisons service would be guided in the coming months by recent consultant reports from Cambridge University, the Institute of Public Administration in Canada and the upcoming release of the UK prisons inspectorate review.

Although it was only in September 2011 that Deputy Governor Franz Manderson declared Mr. Scott was doing a “great job” at the prison service, a number of incidents have marred his tenure over the past 18 months.

Those include:

*The strip search of three teenage prisoners at Fairbanks women’s prison in December 2010 that was done in order to find two cell phones – one of which was in plain sight in the prison cell block.

*A government financial audit that found numerous examples of inadequate record keeping for expenses and mismanagement of prison construction projects

*More than $1 million spent on a prison cellblock that was never completed

*An incident where ganja was found within the prison administration building. Evidence in the case wasn’t collected for days.

*Another incident where ganja was found within a guard office.

*An incident where a prison officer was beaten up trying to retrieve ganja that was thrown over the fence at Northward.

*A report by the Canadian institute that found a ‘lack of transparency’ and public confidence in day-to-day operations at the prison.

*A case where a ‘low risk’ prison inmate left the Northward compound and returned an hour and later with a woman.

Please see more on this story in later editions of the Caymanian Compass….
 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If the connection truly exists between the prison director retiring and the damning report of the prison system in Cayman then that does not bode well for those involved with the responsiblity of Northward.

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  2. The wheels of Government move slow. It’s about time. The strip search incident was disgusting. And why does Government always use the word retired.

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