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UPDATED: Governor grants early release to Sheldon Brown

The governor has authorised the immediate release of Sheldon Brown, who was jailed for 22 years in 2006 for attempted murder.

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.

Prison staff applicants take fitness tests

The number of applicants for seven jobs in Her Majesty’s Prison Service in the Cayman Islands has been whittled down to 64 out of the original 128 vying for the positions.

‘It’s a partnership with the community’: Prisoners work for a good cause

A group of Northward Prison inmates were in Bodden Town recently, helping to spruce up some outdoor areas. The prisoners carried out cleanup work at the Harry McCoy Sr. Park, Nurse Josie’s Senior Centre and Heritage House. As well as tidying up certain areas, the inmates also removed old and rotted thatch from cabana roofs in the park.

128 people apply for 7 prison jobs

A prison officer recruitment drive last week attracted 128 applicants seeking jobs in the prison service. There are currently seven vacant positions. Prison Service Director Neil Lavis said of the 128 people who took the Prison Officer Recruitment Testing entrance exam, which was offered over a three day period, 32 were Caymanian.

Judge: Knife crimes in Cayman ‘worryingly prevalent’

A card game that erupted into violence led to a jail sentence of five and a half years for one of the players on Friday.

Multiple offender wins sentence reduction

A prison term of seven years was reduced to five-and-a-half years following an appeal to the Grand Court on Friday by Donald Calvin Hooker.

Inmate admits to stabbing in prison

A man serving six years for robbery and wounding plus one year for escaping from prison has had another two years added to his sentences.

Man jailed 12 years for indecency with child, rape of teenager

Michell Anderson Gambao Garcia was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years’ imprisonment for two offenses of gross indecency with a girl aged five, two counts of rape of a girl he said he thought was 16, and possession of indecent photographs of children.

Man jailed for overstaying 4 times

A man who admitted overstaying four times was sentenced this week to serve 30 days in prison.

Card conspirators lose sentence appeal

Two men sentenced in March for conspiracy to defraud Cayman banks with cloned credit cards have lost their appeal against the length of their prison terms.

Cocaine conspirator given 6.5-year prison sentence

Alexander Adrian Ebanks was sentenced on Thursday to 6.5 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to offenses that included seven charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Crown: Aspinall sentence ‘lenient’

Cayman Islands prosecutors will appeal a 3.5 year prison sentence given earlier this month to a local accountant who admitted to stealing nearly US$500,000 from two investment funds he managed during a liquidation process.

Guilty plea entered in cocaine conspiracy

Alexander Adrian Ebanks, 25, pleaded guilty in Grand Court on Monday to conspiracy to import a kilo of cocaine.

Ex-inmate inspires youth at football camp

To inspire Cayman’s youths to make better choices and take positive steps in the upcoming school term, former Northward prison inmate George Roper took the opportunity to address more than 50 youths at the FC International Football Camp last Wednesday at the George Town Annex Field.

Three arrested after prison drug-tossing

A man and two women were arrested overnight Tuesday after prison officers captured a suspect who they said was tossing packages of ganja over the wall at Her Majesty’s Prison, Northward.

Reinstated prisons manager suspended again

A senior Cayman Islands prisons official who was reinstated by a Grand Court order in June has been suspended from her job again pending another investigation by the prison service, the Cayman Compass has learned.

Prisons official reinstated

A deputy prisons director who was fired in November 2015 over an incident in which another prison staffer was videotaped in the course of what was described as a covert investigation has won reinstatement.

Burglar jailed for 41 months

After admitting three residential burglaries in West Bay over a five-week period, Kenoi McCarval Smith was sentenced Monday to serve 41 months in prison.

Second time’s the charm for prisons support officer

Prisons support officer Steve Miller says he “doesn’t believe in losing.”

Nearly 90 percent of prisoners are Caymanian

The Cayman Islands prisons system has processed more than 1,500 individuals in the past five years and about 88 percent of them are Caymanian, according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information request filed with the prisons service last month.

Unlocking life at Northward Prison

A small group of inmates, ranging in age from 22 to 59 and from all walks of life, gathered in the chapel at Northward Prison on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. There was no religious service scheduled. Instead they were there to describe what life is like inside the prison walls and how they think crime can be reduced in the Cayman Islands.

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.

Inmates help the elderly

On the eve of Corrections Week, prisoners and staff of the Cayman Islands Prison Service provided assistance to the elderly in need.

Prison drone leads to ganja discovery

A surveillance drone at HMP Northward April 13 spotted two men leaving the area near the prison, where guards quickly found “a large quantity of ganja” that had been thrown over the fence, according to prison officials.

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.

EDITORIAL – Crowd control: Congestion in our courts, prison

If there are two problems for which Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner David Baines could be held responsible — it’s clogging up our country’s courtrooms and Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward.

Prisoners pitch in with coastal clean up

Prisoners are helping clean up beaches in North Side as part of their rehabilitation process.

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.

Law says paroled convicts should register for jobs with NWDA

Convicted prisoners released on license after serving 60 percent of their sentence generally will be required to register with Cayman’s National Workforce Development Agency if they are not already employed upon their parole date.

New prisoner release law takes effect

A new system governing prison sentences in the Cayman Islands comes into effect Monday, replacing the former sentencing and parole guidelines. The changes were expected to take effect earlier this month, but were pushed back two weeks until Feb. 15.

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.

Anglin’s mom thankful after second not guilty verdict

The mother of Devon Anglin claims her son should never have been charged with the killing of 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes. Speaking after the 30-year-old was...

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