Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 03, 2020 (SKNVIBES)

The management of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) took early steps to ensure the safety of members of staff and residents from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), people in prisons and other places of detention are likely to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak than the general population because of the confined conditions in which they live together for prolonged periods of time.

Commissioner of Corrections James said they met with other heads in the Ministry of National Security to strategise a plan. He then briefed his staff on the situation and shared the protocols to follow to prevent themselves and others from getting sick. Hand sanitisers were also made available at various points on the compound.