H.E. Governor Martyn Roper says while Cayman’s prison is a good facility, the present condition is still a work in progress. Monday (5 November) Cayman’s fourteenth Governor stopped by Her Majesty Northward Prison to tour the facility.
Governor Roper said though Northward prison needs some enhancements, it is still better than most.
“Compared to the other overseas territories, this is a good facility but all these facilities have issues and challenges and it’s about continuous improvement,” said Mr. Roper.
On Monday Governor Roper visited the prison for the first time and he said he spoke with some of the prison inmates.
“Talking to some of the prisoners I got a sense for what the issues are, on their minds,” said Mr. Roper.
While he did not share those concerns with the media, he did address the issue of overcrowding within the prison walls.
“That clearly is an issue and its something that the Director and Minister Rivers is very aware of and work is in progress to try and deal with that problem as effectively as possible,” said Mr. Roper.
Governor Roper stressed that even though prisoners are paying for their crimes, they still need to be treated fairly.
“People are sent to prison for punishment but it’s not for punishment the prison is a punishment so rights of prisoners are something also really important,” said Mr. Roper.
Governor Roper also praised the staff at Her Majesty Northward Prison for their continuing service.
“I think it’s a hugely important service that the prison officers provide and we should all be hugely grateful for what they do,” said Mr. Roper.
The next stop for Governor Roper will be in a fly-over on Cayman’s RCIPS helicopter.