St Helena Online

St Helena’s tiny prison presents benefits as well as problems, according to new manager Martin David.

HMP Jamestown has been criticised for its inadequate facilities in a succession of inspection reports, and concerns have been raised in the island’s human rights action plan.

St Helena Government is pushing through plans to move the prison to Sundale House in Half Tree Hollow, but not before 2015.

In a statement issued by The Castle, Martin acknowledges the limited resources for all the roles he is taking on – which include helping prisoners back into the community.

“In the UK we would have access to a significant number of services to manage these,” he says.

But he adds: “The advantage of such a small scale operation, however, is time we have available for individual cases.

“What we lack in specialised resources we can compensate for by devoting time and effort to individual cases and working…

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