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The Department of Correctional Services at Fox Hill.

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CLEAR YOUR NAME: Chance to erase record for minor marijuana crimes

FORMER Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson wants young and first-time offenders, especially those convicted of drug possession crimes, to get their criminal records expunged.

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Almost one in five prisoners re-offend

WITH the recidivism rate at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services said to be around 17 percent, officials remain committed to rehabilitating prisoners and preventing the further increase of recidivism in the country.Speaking at the official

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More than 500 cell phones confiscated at prison

STAFF of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services confiscated 502 cell phones during the 2018-2019 fiscal period, an increase of 12 percent compared with the previous period when 449 phones were collected, National Security Minister Marvin Dames revealed yesterday.

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Rapist pastor begs to go back to US jail: Fox Hill prison too dangerous

A BAHAMIAN pastor sentenced to life plus 20 years on child rape charges in Georgia will be extradited after waiving his right to local legal proceedings yesterday.

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Supreme Court judge tours Bahamas Department of Correctional Services

A Supreme Court judge on Friday toured the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services as part of a prominent attorney’s bid to prove that a magistrate’s inability to grant bail is unconstitutional and results in “hundreds” of people having to endure an “inhumane” and “degrading” experience on remand.

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Relatives question brother’s jail death

RELATIVES of a Haitian man who died at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services last month are demanding answers over the cause of his death.

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INSIGHT: Treat people like animals and that's how they'll behave

FORMER United States President Barrack Obama once said: “We believe that when people make mistakes, they deserve the opportunity to remake their lives.” This begs a question to ask ourselves: While we can all agree that those who have become offenders ought to be removed from society, have we done a good enough job of creating a pathway after they’ve paid their debts to return as functioning members of the same?

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Local attorney backs US report on prison conditions

A LOCAL attorney has endorsed the United States’s recent condemnation of the country’s inhumane prison conditions, charging that the accuracy of the report is “frightening”.

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US State Department report: Prison conditions ‘life-threatening’

THE US State Department has described local prison conditions as “life-threatening” in its latest human rights report, its strongest description of prison conditions in recent times.

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Prison officer strip searches suspended

STRIP searches for correctional officers clocking in at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services have been suspended, according to Correctional Officers Staff Association president Ryan Wilson.

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Prison contraband – we have to stop it

AFTER correctional officers complained about being subjected to strip searches at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday contended that all efforts must be made to “stop the flow of illegal contraband” into the facility.

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Prison officers strip searched

CORRECTIONAL officers are protesting a “demoralising” process that sees officers strip searched before the start of their shift.

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Ministry: Claims of mistreatment of Dominican poachers 'untrue'

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed as “untrue” claims that Dominican poachers incarcerated at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services are being mistreated.

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Minnis 'well aware' of concerns over prison

THE Minnis administration is well-aware of the mounting issues at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold has said. Responding to questions on overpopulation at the facility and the lack of adequate funding,

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Max security built for 200 holds 1,000

THE Bahamas Department of Correctional Services is over-populated, understaffed and underfunded, however Acting Commissioner of Corrections Charles Murphy yesterday insisted the facility’s performance was up to par.

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Search to begin for prison chief

THE Ministry of National Security is preparing to advertise internationally and locally to fill the post of commissioner at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, National Security Minister Marvin Dames told reporters yesterday.Although he

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US Human Rights Report critical of treatment of persons in detention

THE most significant human rights issues affecting the country last year involved the treatment of persons in detention, according to the US government.

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Call to act on parole programme recommendation

NATIONAL LEAD Institute President Troy Clarke yesterday urged the government to act on recommendations submitted by the Parole and Re-entry Steering Committee concerning rehabilitation of prisoners.

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Claims of malfeasance and negligence at prison facility

TWO retired prison officers are calling on the government to launch an investigation into operations at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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Slop buckets still being used at Fox Hill prison

THE inhumane practice of “slopping” is still alive in the over-crowded maximum security block at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS), Fox Hill, according to Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright.

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Call for juveniles on remand at Department of Correctional Services to be relocated

POINTING to the landmark Court of Appeal ruling on the treatment of children in the justice system, child rights advocate and lawyer Tavarrie Smith called on Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson to immediately relocate juveniles on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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Corrections Officer arrested for marijuana possession at prison

AN OFFICER from the Bahamas Department of Corrections is in custody after being arrested for possession of dangerous drugs on Wednesday at the prison.

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‘Only a matter of time until chaos’ warns prison officer association

THE Bahamas Correctional Officers Association said it is just a matter of time before chaos erupts at the Department of Correctional Services, claiming disrespect by the Christie administration has ruined officer morale.

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Bahamas Correctional Officers Association wants to see audits on facility's spending

THE Bahamas Correctional Officers Association wants the Christie administration to disclose financial statements and audits related to the Department of Correctional Services amid concerns of how the facility’s money is used.

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Prison sick-out into third day

FOR the third consecutive day, the majority of officers rostered to work at the Department of Correctional Services called in sick.

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