Chairman of the Visiting Committee to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), located in the nation’s capital, St. John’s was reported to have been barred from entering the corrections facility to perform his function.
Reliable sources close the development inform that the dual positions holder of Deputy Commissioner of Police and Prison Superintendent Albert Wade had made an order that Prison Visiting Committee Chairman Bishop Charlesworth Browne shall not be permitted entry to the facility.
The situation reportedly unfolded as the 7-member committee showed up Friday morning, January 17, when the Chairman was informed of the order to deny him entry.
Good sense reportedly prevailed and entry was permitted on the intervention of the Chief officer who was not identified by name.
Working relations were said to have been deteriorating over the committee’s inability to function in an atmosphere of hostility and antagonism with an attitudinal display of arrogance and disrespect.
A source close to the prison indicates that the chairman and superintendent have been at variance over their respective functions.
It was further revealed that issues and concerns raised by prisoners and communicated to the superintendent through the Chairman, were either ignored or given scant attention, prompting referrals to Public Safety Minister Steadroy Cutie Benjamin.
None of the parties could be reached for explanations. ANR will continue to monitor the situation.