Prisons
Courtesies
  1. The Superintendent (SOP) and Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) are entitled to a salute as a matter of courtesy and procedure.

  2. If the Superintendent and/or Assistant Superintendent of Prisons enters any room or area where Officers are assembled, the    first person to see any of the above mentioned Officers must call everybody to attention by saying, “Room Shun”, or  “Officers Shun”, at that point everybody must come to attention and the most senior Officer if wearing Head gear must salute.

  3. No officer wearing plain clothes with civilian hat shall salute an officer.  A slight bow with hat off or an eyes right or  left or a word of mouth “Good Morning” would be appropriate.

  4. The most senior officer must always walk to the right of the junior officer especially to facilitate saluting.

  5. If any Officer is approached by the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, that officer should immediately  come to attention, salute and await further instructions.

  6. If any officer is walking past the SOP or ASP in any area of the Prison compound, or any place off the compound, once that officer is wearing uniform, he/she shall salute unless he/she is given other instructions by SOP or ASP.

  7. If, for example, the SOP is in a classroom conducting a class or is in an office and the ASP walks in, no one shall call the    room or office to attention because the SOP is senior to the ASP.  If it is vice versa then the first person to see the SOP enter shall call the room or office to attention, the ASP will salute.

  8. No Prison Officer shall salute any plain clothes officer of the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force who are    attached to C.I.D, Special Branch, Drug Squad, or any other plain clothes Department, as your action may give away their  position.

  9. Persons holding the following offices are entitled to a salute:

    • Governor General
    • Prime Minister
    • Judges
    • Magistrates
    • Government Ministers and Senators
    • Commissioner of Police
    • Deputy and Assistant Commissioner of Police
    • Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Police
    • Attorney General
    • Justices of the Peace
    • Head of Auxiliary Force
    • Members of Clergy
 
Inmate Visits

Monday to Friday:      9:30 a.m. – 11:45 and 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday:     9:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.

  • Penal prisoners are allowed one (1) visit per week.

  • Remand prisoners and appellants are allowed two (2) visits per week.

  • All visits for female prisoners are conducted at the male prison through appointments.

No visits on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • No more than four (4) persons are allowed for any visit.

  • Children under the age of sixteen (16) are not allowed to visit, unless accompanied by an adult.

  • Visitors are allowed to bring two fruits of every kind and one pack of cigarettes weekly.

  • Every year, during the Christmas season inmates are allowed to get food from friends and relatives.

Dress Code:

Armpits, leggings, tights, and shorts are not allowed.

Prohibited Articles:

Such as guns, cellphones, cameras, knives, scissors or any instrument deemed to be a weapon.

 
Rehabilitation

The prison has been plagued with the problem of recidivism. Rehabilitation is one of the key areas that is now used to minimize this crisis.

The inmates are trained in areas of carpentry, mechanics, auto body repair, masonry, baking, tailoring and welding. There is also an Adult Education Programme that is conducted by the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the prison staff. So that upon their release inmates would be equipped with the tools needed to assist them in the job market.

On a daily basis, some of the male prisoners are engaged in numerous tasks such as cutting and cleaning of school properties, cemeteries and other government buildings.

In addition, they are involved in community service and other sporting activities with the general public, so as to foster a greater bond with them.

Presently, there are numerous religious activities, both at the male and female prisons. This has greatly enhanced the prisoners' religious beliefs and self worth.

There is also a counsellor that is attached to the department, who has been instrumental in assisting the prisoners on all levels.

With these new measures in place, we are optimistic that there will be a dramatic decline in the prison population.

 
Recreation
  • On a daily basis, the inmates are involved in various sporting activities such as football, and cricket.

  • There are domino matches among officers and inmates.

  • There is a prison library that is used only by prisoners during 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • There is an annual Christmas concert, called 'Talent behind the walls', at which the inmates display their talents. They have total control of the show.

  • Viewing of television: 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily.