The Cayman Islands is seeking to fill its now-vacant top post within the local prison system following the retirement of director Dwight Scott in November.
Mr. Scott’s retirement does not officially take place until 9 February, but he is taking accrued annual leave through that date.
Advertisements for the prisons director position say the post pays between $96,372 and $117,420 per year for what is one of the more challenging civil service roles in the Cayman Islands.
“The director will be expected to coordinate all prison staff and security in the facility as well as the proper treatment of inmates,” the advertisement for the post states.
Right now, Daniel Greaves is acting in the prison director’s post and acting as deputy director is Aduke Natalie Joseph-Caesar.
A number of reviews of the prison system during the past 18 months, including what is expected to be a damning report soon to be released by the United Kingdom’s prisons inspectorate, have led to a number of changes within the prison system in the British Overseas Territory.
“These and other reports have led to the creation of a new senior post (deputy director of prison rehabilitation) within the prison and to increasing momentum for change and a desire to see significant improvements in both custodial care and in reducing offending,” the advertisement for the director’s post states.
When a new full-time director might assume that post is not clear. One thing the Cayman Islands government intends to do is seek out expertise in Britain to help straighten out various issues within the local prison system. Prison officials have said an interim prisons director would be selected to work in Cayman for a number of months to get the prison service on the right track.
The placement of that individual is expected to be announced soon.
The prison system has been fraught with problems since early 2011, including a number of high-profile controversial incidents, including:
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. This included 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. In another incident, 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 of Public Administration 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 later with a woman.