TCI prison boss to take the reins at HMP Northward in Feb 2018
The Ministry of Home Affairs announced late Thursday evening that Steven Barrett has been appointed to serve as the interim Director of Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS).
The news comes as the former head of the prisons service, Neil Lavis, resigned in November 2017 - Just five months into a newly inked contract which would have kept him in the post until 2020.
Barrett who currently serves as the Superintendent of Prisons in Turks and Caicos is expected to begin his new role at HMCIPS come mid-February.
Before beginning his time at the TCI facility, Barrett worked with the Scottish Prisons Service and held various senior positions in operations and training.
The ministry notes that during his tenure in TCI, Barrett helped to improve the overall safety, security and good order of the prison, as well as, worked to upgrade the facility and enhance the quality of life for prisoners.
However, the Turks and Caicos Weekly reported in October 2017, that there were, “reports of mounting tension among the local and foreign prison worker” at the prison.
The ministry said that it plans to conduct an open recruitment exercise in order to fill the post substantively and envisions that the process will begin before the end of the first quarter of 2018.