Borde­lais of­fi­cials im­plore pub­lic not to make weapons avail­able to in­mates

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Star Reporter

Just days ago a stab­bing in­ci­dent oc­curred which re­sulted in in­mate Em­mer­son Dor­nelly be­ing ad­mit­ted to the St. Jude Hos­pi­tal. By Satur­day 26th Au­gust, 2017 a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­curred where in­mate Va­lence James was re­port­edly stabbed thir­teen times by in­mate Michael Pologne. James re­ceived at­ten­tion from the Borde­lais Med­i­cal Unit and then was trans­ported to Den­nery Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Both in­mates be­longed to the Bravo Unit of the fa­cil­ity and were re­leased for their recre­ational hour when the in­ci­dent oc­curred. In­mates in­volved in the in­ci­dent were re­port­edly friends. In­mate Michael Pologne was later moved to the max­i­mum­se­cu­rity unit af­ter stab­bing in­mate Va­lence James. Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent by the Ma­jor Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force, Va­lence James and Michael Pologne de­cided not to take court ac­tion. The weapon used for stab­bing is also uniden­ti­fied.

Adding to the re­cent chain of events oc­cur­ring at the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity is a sui­cide at­tempt which oc­curred on Thurs­day 31st Au­gust, 2017. In­mate Mervin Moise re­port­edly at­tracted at­ten­tion from the cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer in his unit by pac­ing in his cell at around 7:45 a.m. Though prison of­fi­cials say he was un­der watch by the of­fi­cer, at some point that morn­ing Mervin Moise hung him­self from a towel inside the cell. Mervin Moise was taken to the med­i­cal unit of the fa­cil­ity and then trans­ported to Den­nery Hos­pi­tal. He was later brought to Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

The prison con­tin­ues to as­sure that they are do­ing the best they can to foster safety of in­mates and staff es­pe­cially through re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. BCF claims that in re­sponse to the re­cent in­ci­dents, “Mea­sures are em­ployed to pro­vide men­tal health treat­ment to pa­tients at the fa­cil­ity to help them re­cover from their ill­ness, al­le­vi­ate its painful symp­toms, pre­vent de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, and pro­tect from sui­cide . . . What­ever the sit­u­a­tion is, the fa­cil­ity strives to man­age it within the con­fines of the law.”

In­mates prac­tice in­ge­nu­ity with what is avail­able in their cells to make weapons. But the fa­cil­ity also notes, “In­mates ob­tain ar­ti­cles through var­i­ous av­enues such as over the perime­ter fences, dur­ing court at­ten­dance and at ex­ter­nal med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions. We im­plore the pub­lic to re­frain from mak­ing th­ese items avail­able to the in­mates be­cause it de­feats our ef­forts to help them re­ha­bil­i­tate and live bet­ter, more pro­duc­tive lives in the fu­ture.”

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