St Helena Online

The advertisement for the job of running St Helena’s prison makes it sound almost attractive.

The “chance of a lifetime” job is described as “a challenging role in an outstanding setting” – apparently not a reference to conditions in the prison itself.

There is no mention of the fact that the building has been declared unsuitable and even unsafe, or that conditions are criticised in the island’s human rights plan.

St Helena Government has allocated funding to create a new prison at Sundale, in Half Tree Hollow – but the new facility would not open for at least three years.

The £40,000-a-year job of Deputy Superintendent Gaols is advertised as a two-year contract – with the prospect of time added for good performance.

HMP Jamestown is described as “a small prison able to hold all categories of convicted and  unconvicted male and female adults, young offenders, young people and police prisoners.”

One of the shortcomings…

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