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The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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Nearly one in five criminals reoffends, says minister

THE recidivism rate at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services currently stands at 18 percent, according to National Security Minister Wayne Munroe yesterday.

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November prison death a ‘homicide’

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe says he has not yet seen an official report that focuses on the circumstances surrounding the death of prison inmate Mikhail Taylor last November.

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Prison service ‘needs hundreds of officers’

NATIONAL Security Minister Wayne Munroe said the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services is short hundreds of prison officers and has requested additional mental health experts.

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‘We must stop drugs being thrown over prison walls’

WAYNE Munroe said prison officers’ ability to smuggle cell phones and contraband into prison has largely been curtailed but officials face a new challenge: officers who retrieve and distribute drugs that are thrown over the prison’s walls.

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Reid: Second chance programme could reduce reoffending levels

PASTOR Carlos Reid has described the government’s newly announced Second Chance jobs programme as a “past due” initiative, one he believes that could spark a decline in the recidivism rate among offenders.

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Prison officer issues ‘not addressed’

MORE than three months after correctional officers demonstrated over long standing issues, they say their concerns have not been addressed, raising the possibility for further industrial action.

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FRONT PORCH: Mercy is a gift from God which we should not be afraid to give

We boast of ourselves as being a deeply Christian society, a people of faith in a God who sets captives free, whether a people in slavery or a fellow prisoner on the cross being crucified through the penalty of death.

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Murphy denies prison maltreatment

CORRECTIONS Commissioner Charles Murphy has denied that inmates at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services are treated unfairly and inhumanely.

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Human rights report is more grim reading

THE latest US State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices highlights poor prison conditions and the mistreatment of migrants in The Bahamas, revealing in one instance of a prisoner being beaten and requiring surgery.

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INSIGHT – BEHIND THE WALLS: An ex-con and his 15 years in Fox Hill prison

The familiar scent of human filth permeating the air is what Charles Rolle remembers as a constant during his 15-year stay at the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDC).


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