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Gender tribunal refuses to explain ruling in prison case

Cayman’s appointed body that considers complaints regarding gender discrimination has told government officials it does not need to explain its decision in 2016 that Her Majesty’s Prison’s Service discriminated against four male prison supervisors.

Northward Prison filled to capacity

Northward Prison is filled to capacity, with 213 prisoners being housed at the men’s prison and at least one individual detained in a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service holding cell in George Town.

Public standards board awaits findings in prison probe

The Cayman Islands government has been investigating a complaint of gender bias within the local prison service for more than a year.

Workforce agency helps inmates develop job skills

In an effort to reduce recidivism and increase employment opportunities, the National Workforce Development Agency and the Cayman Islands Prison Service recently hosted a training course for prison inmates.

Inmates graduate from prison work program

Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service graduated the first class from its release on temporary license rehabilitation program, which allows for inmates to be temporarily released for job-skills training, paid or unpaid work, and other approved activities.

UK will bring in ‘interim’ prisons boss to replace Lavis

Outgoing prisons director Neil Lavis will be replaced by another U.K.-based corrections manager early in the new year, the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement released Tuesday.

Prisons boss quits 5 months into contract

Cayman Islands prisons boss Neil Lavis has informed senior staff and Home Affairs Ministry officials of his intention to leave his post before the end of the year.

Young inmates building their own basketball court in prison

Juvenile offenders will be making appearances soon in a court of a different kind once they and prison service officers finish building a basketball court in the prison grounds.

Lightning strikes prison storage building

Supplies were destroyed and computer and telephone services were knocked out to Northward Prison early Wednesday after a lightning strike that sparked a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Prisons boss gets new contract

Prisons Director Neil Lavis has been awarded a new three-year contract, keeping him in charge of the local prisons service through mid-2020. The contract for Mr. Lavis, who came to Cayman in June 2013, was renewed upon its expiry last month.

Inmates turn to construction trade for ‘Fresh Start’

A group of inmates at Northward Prison have completed a pilot vocational training program in which they undertook training in the construction trade.

Nine recruits join prison service

The Cayman Islands Prison Service has nine new officers. The Prison Service has an annual class of recruits, and this year’s recruits were selected from a field of 207 applicants.

Ministry investigates prisons overtime payments

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating overtime payments to prisons officers working at the Immigration Detention Centre after allegations of favoritism were made regarding some of those payments.

Drugs, phone seized at Northward Prison

A woman was arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle a pound of ganja into Northward Prison on Sunday, according to the Prison Service.On the same day, a prison officer also confiscated a cellphone from an inmate following a search.

Prisons deputy back to work after ‘hidden camera’ investigation

After a nearly two-year process during which she was suspended, fired, reinstated, then suspended again, Cayman Islands Deputy Prisons Director Aduke Joseph-Caesar is going back to work.

Cuban detainees renovate immigration detention center

Cuban migrants are helping to renovate the immigration detention center and building a new checkpoint and walkway at the neighboring women’s prison. Prison Director Neil Lavis said some of the migrants are skilled tradespeople and had volunteered to assist with the much-needed upgrades.

Government looks to outsource prisoner transport

New recommendations by prison officials, based on recommendations in the 2014 Project Future report, push the idea of outsourcing prisoner transport to a private security firm. The prisoner transport report was finalized in April and released to the public this week.

Prison seeks business partners for job training

The prison is looking to partner with private businesses to help put its under-resourced and under-used vocational training center to better use.

Cayman Islands Prison Service marks 35 years

Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service is marking its 35th anniversary this month with the first formal Cayman Islands Corrections Week, to be held April 24-30.

No prison cells left at Northward

A “steady rise” in Cayman’s adult male prison population has led to an overcrowding situation at Northward Prison in Bodden Town, according to prison officials.

Prison visitors arrested for smuggling contraband

Two people visiting inmates at Northward prison over the weekend were arrested on suspicion of smuggling contraband.

Convicted killers to get new hearings

All 15 murderers currently serving life without parole at Grand Cayman’s Northward Prison will find out within the next two years when they can be considered for release.

Fired prisons officer sues

A former deputy prison director alleges her firing from Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the Cayman Islands last year was illegal and should be voided by government.

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