Board appointed for prison

A five-man committee has been appointed by government to serve on the Review Board for Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) at Richmond Hill.

The members include former Health Minister, Ann David-Antoine, Indian businessman Prem Chandirami, of Shipwreck Store, as well as Sally Stalker, Phillip Chase Pentecostal Pastor at Marian, and Chief Social Development Officer, Yvonne Da Breo.

The Board was appointed last month by the Keith Mitchell-led Cabinet to replace the one that was put in place by the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business, Nicholas Steele had told reporters last month at a post-Cabinet Briefing that Cabinet had selected the members to serve on the board but the names of the appointees could not be released then to allow for official notification of the selected persons.

Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, Kisha Alexander-Grant on Friday confirmed the names of the five when questioned by THE NEW TODAY newspaper.

During his press briefing, Minister Steele announced that the appointment of the Board stemmed from the New National Party’s recognition of the urgent need to tackle head-on a number of issues within the island’s lone prison facility.

Since taking office in February, the Mitchell government has appointed a former soldier in the disbanded People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA)of the ill-fated 1979-83 Grenada Revolution, Lieutenant Ashley “Ram” Folkes as the new Commissioner of Prisons.

The appointment of the Prison Review Board is in keeping with Cap 254 of the revised law of Grenada under Section 51 of the Prison Act.

The function of the Board is to review the sentences of all long-term inmates at the Richmond Hill prison.

The newlook five member Board is similar to that appointed in 2007 by the previous NNP administration.

That Board comprised of Chairman, Senator Brenda Hood, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism with responsibility for Culture, Sally Stalker, Rev William Chase, a Justice of the Peace, Prem Chandirami and former Supervisor of Elections, Nadica McIntyre.

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