St Helena : St helena: Visit of Keith Munns - Prison Advisor
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 21.09.2013 (Article Archived on 19.10.2013)
Keith Munns, Prison Advisor, was contacted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) visits the Island every two years.
MUNNS – PRISON ADVISOR
Keith Munns, Prison Advisor, was contacted by the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO) visits the Island every two years.
During his visits Keith observes
the general prison operation, establishes if prisoners are being treated
fairly, if the public are protected and that effective rehabilitation efforts
are enforced to reduce the risk of prisoners reoffending.
Keith who has a background in the
UK Prison Service as a Prison Governor for 42 years now advises Prisons in
Overseas Territories, St Helena, Ascension and the Falklands to ensure that
each Island’s Prison Service complies with UK standards but in a way that
reflects the size and situation of their Prisons. This visit saw Keith spend
just over a week on Island.
“Largely what I do is
assessing the treatment of prisoners that all systems are in place, inmates’
educational needs are met and to address the key issues of safety, respect,
purposeful activity and resettlement. I will draft a report on my return and
present to FCO with a serious of recommendations and future improvements.
“I can say with confidence
that the prison on St Helena has improved since my last visit, with what is
being done in terms of offender management, probation and community work. The
training of the Prison staff is also more professionalised. An event held at
Plantation where staff received certificates for training highlights the
improvement of the staffs skills.”
The training that was provided was
lifted directly from the UK system to allow Prison staff to operate at UK
Keith departs the Island tomorrow
Tuesday 10 September 2013.
9 September 2013