Mission: Her Majesty’s Prison Service serves the public by keeping in custody those committed by the courts. Our duty is to look after them with humanity and help them lead law abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.
Vision: We will provide a safe secure and controlled environment for both staff and prisoners. We will provide regimes that are workable, culturally applicable, which will address offending behaviour, improve education, work skills and the development of civic pride, giving prisoners the opportunity to prepare for their return to the community.
Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service was opened in 1982 to secure persons committed to serve prison time by the Cayman Islands Judiciary. The Prison Service plays a key role in keeping the citizens of the Cayman Islands safe. Responsibilities of the service include taking care of all adult and juvenile offenders in custody, as well as ensuring that court orders are followed and community standards upheld. In addition to public safety, the Prison Service is also committed to providing opportunities for all inmates to rehabilitate themselves, improving their chances of a positive life after release. Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service consists of three facilities, Her Majesty’s Prison Northward provides services to convicted and pre-trial adult male prisoners, Her Majesty’s Prison Fairbanks provides services to convicted and pre-trial female adult, young and juvenile prisoners and Eagle House Rehabilitation Centre that provides service to convicted and pre-trial male young and juvenile prisoners. HMP Northward suffered a riot in 1999, when A wing, B wing, Eagle House (which held female prisoners) and some ancillary buildings were set on fire. These buildings were mainly repaired and bought back into use. HM Prison Fairbanks, formerly an immigration centre, came into existence as a female establishment as a direct consequence of the riots.
Director of Prisons: Mr. Neil Lavis
Workforce: 142 employees.
Annual budget: $12.5 million
Annual Revenue: $ Nil
Number of Inmates Held: (08/13)
Certified normal accommodation:
Contact: Phone (345) 947-3000; fax (345) 947-3014
Email for General Inquiries: None at the present time
P.O. Box 1807
Grand Cayman KY1-1109
Her Majesty’s Prison Northward
# 24 Sheffield Drive (Off Northward Road)
Bodden Town, Grand Cayman
Phone: (345) 947-3000; Fax: (345) 947-3014
Eagle House Rehabilitation Centre
# 24 Sheffield Drive (Off Northward Road)
Bodden Town, Grand Cayman
Phone: (345) 947-3000; Fax: (345) 947-3014
Her Majesty’s Prison Fairbanks
# 73 Fairbanks Road
George Town, Grand Cayman
Phone: (345) 946-0797; Fax (345) 946-6214
08:30 am – 4: 30 pm Monday – Friday
Director of Prisons: Neil Lavis; Email: yk.v1524795683og@si1524795683vaL.l1524795683ieN1524795683Deputy Director of Prisons: Daniel Greaves; Email: yk.v1524795683og@se1524795683vaerG1524795683.lein1524795683aD1524795683Acting Deputy Director of Prisons: Natalie Joseph-Caesar Email: yk.v1524795683og@ra1524795683seaC-1524795683hpeso1524795683J.eil1524795683ataN1524795683Acting Deputy Director and Director of Eagle House Rehabilitation Centre: Claire Range; Email: yk.v1524795683og@eg1524795683naR.e1524795683rialC1524795683Information Manager – Ricardo Lashley
Phone: (345) 947-3000 Ext 222; Fax: (345) 947-4662
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The Prisons Inspection Board
Health service Provider:
The Health Services Authority (HSA) had been responsible for the provision of health services to prisoners at both Northward and Fairbanks.
Saturday and Sunday only.
9:00 am to Noon (Morning Session) I p.m. to 5p.m. (Afternoon Session)
Visiting hours are subject to change without notice.
General Visiting Information
All visitors entering the facility are subject to a search of their person, vehicle and property to the extent necessary to ensure that the security of the facility is maintained and to prevent the introduction of contraband. Visitors may leave the institution grounds rather than submit to the search of their person, vehicle and property. However, refusal to submit to the search will result in the denial of visitation for that day. Visitors shall not be forcibly searched unless institution/facility officials possess a court-issued warrant to conduct the search, or the visitor is being detained for unlawful actions.
It is a crime to:
- Assist a prisoner to escape.
- Bring on to the grounds any weapon, firearm, ammunition, explosive device, tear gas, pepper spray, alcohol, controlled substances or any item deemed contraband by the Prison Service.
- Falsely identify yourself to gain admission to the institution.
- Enter the compound without the permission of the Director of Prisons if you have been convicted of a criminal offence.
Types of visits
The following describes the different types of visits and their limitations. If the number of visitors on a particular day is especially high, visits may be terminated to allow all visitors the opportunity to use the visiting facilities.
Visitors may visit with the prisoner in the visiting room. The number of visitors is limited to no more than FOUR (4) visitors per prisoners – TWO (2) adults and TWO (2) children. Groups of visitors of more than FOUR (4) may be accommodated only once per visit by means of rotation through the visiting area. Visits are for a duration of THIRTY (30) minutes.
Non-contact visits are conducted in non-contact booths. The number of visitors is limited to no more than THREE (3) visitors, including children, at the same time, for each prisoner due to limited space in the booths. Groups of visitors in excess of THREE (3) may be accommodated only once per visit by means of rotation through the visiting area.
It is recommended that visitors dress conservatively and with the following guidelines in mind. Inappropriate attire will be reason to deny a visit. Any alteration to clothing once a visitor is inside the visiting area will be grounds for terminating the visit.
- Clothing that resembles law enforcement or military type clothing, including rain gear.
- Clothing that exposes the breast/chest area, genital area or buttocks.
- Clothing that exposes the midriff area.
- Clothing or accessories that display obscene or offensive language or drawings.
- Sheer or transparent garments.
- Strapless or “spaghetti” strap tops.
- Dresses, skirts, pants and shorts exposing more than TWO (2) inches above the knee, including slits when standing.
- Brassieres with metal underwire or any other detectable metal.
- Identification Card
- THIRTY dollars ($30.00) per adult and TEN dollars ($10.00) per minor visitor, in coin or one dollar bills only.
- One infant carrier
- SIX (6) disposable diapers.
- Factory-Sealed Baby Wipes.
- Two transparent plastic baby bottles of pre-mixed formula/milk/juice per baby.
- One transparent pacifier.
- THREE (3) jars of factory-sealed baby food and one plastic spoon.
- One single-layer baby blanket.
- One transparent diaper-bag.
- One change of baby clothing.
- One single-layer burp cloth.
- All refreshments are to be purchased from the vending machine located in the visiting room or Canteen.
- Cellular phones
- Other recording devices
- All tobacco and tobacco products prohibited
The Prison will try to accommodate foreign visitors as much as possible. No visitor shall be admitted unless he/she has been properly identified. If proper identification is not possible, then entrance into the prison shall not be permitted.
Family and Social
Prisoners on their reception to the prison or shortly thereafter, shall provide the prison authorities with the names of relatives and friends they wish to visit. Each prisoner is allowed (8) friends on their visiting list. A prisoner can make an application to remove or add persons to their visit list; all applications must be vetted by the Security Department. When going for visit prisoners are allowed to take tested glasses or sunglasses. Any other article will only be allowed with the approval of the shift commander. Prisoners are divided into two groups, according to the first letter of the surname (last name) e.g. “Bush” in group A-H and “Palmer” in group I-Z. Visits are given to prisoners on alternating Saturdays and Sundays. Prisoners will only be allowed two (2) adults and two (2) children seated at their table at any one time. Visits are for one half hour and will commence at (09:00 – 12:00) – (13:00 – 17:00) on each day. However, the last visitor will registered at 11:15 hours and 16:15 hours.
Prisoners will be allowed special visit on an approved application, but only if the visit concerns his / her legal case or an urgent family matter.
- Immediately after reception, a prisoner has the right to telephone or otherwise communicate with an attorney and any relative of friend.
- Thereafter, prisoners in the general population and administrative segregation shall have reasonable telephone access as determined by the Director.
Writing materials are provided by the prison, in the amount that is necessary to comply with Prison Rules (1999 Revision) Section 20 subsection (1-7). In any event no letter to friends and family will be accepted if it contains more than two sheets of paper. A prisoner is allowed to send and receive one (1) letter per week. Where letters relates to official, legal and urgent family matters a prisoner may be allowed to send as many letters as necessary at the discretion of the Director. There are no paper restrictions on official or legal letters. All incoming official and legal letters will be given to the prisoner. All letters may be censored.
Persons whose names are on the prisoner’s visiting list will be the only ones hand-ins will be accepted from. Hand-ins are only accepted on Thursday between 10:00 – 18:00hrs and Saturday and Sunday 09:00 – 17:00hrs. A list of accepted articles for hand-ins can be obtained from the Prison Establishment
Prisons Law (Law 14 of 1975) formerly entitled the Imprisonment Law
- Amendment by Law 10 of 1981
- Amendment by Law 18 of 1981
- Commencement of sections 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 of amending Law by Commencement Order – Remainder not yet in force
- Amendment by Law 5 of 1986
- Amendment by Law 14 of 1987
- Amendment by Law 1 of 1992
- Amendment by Law 8 of 1995 (part)
- Amendment by Law 13 of 1998
- Amendment by Law 25 of 2005
- Amendment by Law 34 of 2005
Prisons Officers (Discipline) Regulations (1999 Revision)
Prison Rules (1999 Revision)
Prisons and Places of Detention Regulations (2000 Revision)
Penal Code (2007 Revision)
Juveniles Law, 1990 (Law 19 of 1990)
Policies and Procedures
HMCIPS Staff Handbook
Code of Conduct and Ethical Behaviour
Health and Safety Policy
Prison Volunteer Handbook
Community Work Release and Rehabilitation Policy
Tools Control Policy
Prisoner Classification Policy
Prisoner Labour Policy
Short description of residential units
- A wing holds mainly sentenced prisoners. It has a top roll of 39 prisoners in a mixture of single and double cells and a 12-bed dormitory. It houses the basic unit, which has 13 single cells.
- B wing holds mainly sentenced prisoners. It has a top roll of 66 prisoners in mainly double cells.
- D wing holds remand prisoners. It has a top roll of 38 prisoners in mainly double cells, and one dormitory that is used to hold four prisoners.
- Eagle House holds a mix of adults, young adults and juveniles. It has a top roll of 40 prisoners in double and single cells.
- E wing has two cells, with the capacity to hold four lower category long-term prisoners.
- F wing is the enhanced unit, with 19 cells single cells.
- The high-risk unit, located at the top of D wing, has a top roll of 14 prisoners in single cells.
- The ‘halfway house’, located outside of the perimeter fence, is used to hold four category D life sentenced prisoners.
- Accommodation at Fairbanks consists of four dormitories, each capable of holding up to eight prisoners, and three single occupancy ‘maximum security cells’.
Organisation and Functions
Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service provides safe and secure custody, whilst promoting and protecting the individual rights of all prisoners committed by the Courts; maintains good order in prison facilities; provides support to prisoners; cares for prisoners with humanity and provides opportunities for prisoners to address their offending behaviour. The aim is to deliver:
- Offender management services, programmes and activities which address the causes of offending and reoffending;
- Work in partnership with other organizations in the public, private, and voluntary sectors to achieve key offender outcomes.
To provide safe secure custody, whilst promoting and protecting the individual rights of all prisoners committed by the Courts including reception, secure accommodation, escorting and discharging of prisoners
To provide Adult, Juvenile and Young Prisoners with behavioural modification programs; to identify and improve personal education and vocational competencies and social development; to provide meaningful work to build self-confidence and self-esteem through work effort; to provide work-release programs.
To stimulate a positive prison environment that will help to create a safe decent end healthy environment with positive prisoner staff relationship and prisoner and prisoner relationship where prisoners’ problems and concerns can be aired and addressed and guidance offered, with proper staff support.
By facilitating and allowing access to primary health care to those incarcerated in H.M.C.I.P.
To ensure that good order is maintained during prisoner movement and activities; to ensure that there are effective internal complaints and disciplinary procedures; and to ensure that effective incident responses procedures are maintained. To ensure that good order is maintained during prisoner movement and activities; to ensure that there are effective internal complaints and disciplinary procedures; and to ensure that effective incident responses procedures are maintained.
Rehabilitation of Offenders
The Government of the Cayman Islands is committed to increasing community safety and reducing recidivism through robust rehabilitation programs. A National Strategy for Rehabilitation is one of the four pillars of the Crime Prevention Strategy which has been developed by the Crime Reduction Working Group for the National Security Council.
The prison service has formed a 32-person team, including a psychologist, a qualified counsellor, two social workers and other trained staff to assist with this issue and work with offenders while they are in prison.
A new vocational training facility was officially opened at Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward on 1 February, 2013. The training centre forms an integral part of the rehabilitation process and offers internationally recognised qualifications from City and Guilds. The $1.2 million facility includes a 5,000 square-foot greenhouse, a tilapia fish farm and livestock pens. The meat and produce are primarily consumed by inmates, with the excess of some items sold through local supermarkets and other venues. “We realise we need to strike a balance between security and rehabilitation,” said Eric Bush, Chief Officer of the Ministry of Home Affairs. “We cannot lock folks away and forget about them. Human rights legislation means that even those who have committed the most heinous crimes will eventually be introduced. We have to take this opportunity and equip inmates with skills such as carpentry, computer repairs, leather craft, tailoring, and plumbing.” Other training programs include auto mechanics and electrical work. The new building is sectioned into six bays. Three mechanical areas will offer opportunities to learn how to repair engines and perform auto-body work and professional auto painting. Other specialised classrooms will allow for inmates to be trained in the areas of computer-repair, as well as air-conditioning and refrigeration repair. The vocational pursuits are coordinated by Northward’s Acting Facilities Manager and long-time prison officer, Michael Stephens. The ultimate goal is to reduce recidivism, restore families and communities and break negative cycles that threaten to undermine the stability of local communities.
Education programmes are provided to prisoners so that they may become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who will be able to contribute effectively in the community upon release.
The education programmes range from basic literacy and numeracy to CXCs and A’ levels in a wide range of subjects.
- Basic Education
- Computer Studies
- Life and Social Skills
- Advanced Level Maths
- Word Processing
- Information Technology for Business
Vocational training programme:
Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes are work related training that offer prisoners:
- Practical professional experience;
- Theoretical knowledge; and
- An opportunity to put theory into practice.
HMCIPS offers the following TVET programmes:
- Agriculture and small animal husbandry
- Automotive mechanic
- Boat building
- Computer repairs
- Leather craft
The Chaplaincy is able to organize faith activities for all main religions (as recognized by the Prison Service); and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities.
Volunteers in Prison
Volunteers play a significant role in the prison setting, because of their first hand experience and/or devoted interest in their field. Volunteers have the ability to gain the attention and respect of offenders.
What is the role of a volunteer?
To provide programs and services in an effort to assist with the prison mission to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, to reintegrate offenders into society and assist victims of crime.
For volunteerism opportunities and information at HM Cayman Islands Prison Service please contact:
Ms. Natalie Joseph-Caesar 947-3000 Ext: 600
Mrs. Helen Reynolds-Arana 947-3000 Ext: 264
Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service is undergoing a period of significant review and change. Two external reports were recently produced that highlight the need for continued evolution and development of the Service. The first report (produced by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada) was titled “Review of the Assessment and Treatment of Criminal Offenders in the Cayman Islands.” The second report (by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons) was titled “Report of an Announced Inspection of HM Cayman Islands Prison Service.” Cayman’s prison system also has a November 2013 deadline to bring its facilities into line with standards set down in the Bill of Rights attached to the 2009 Constitution Order. Chief Officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Eric Bush has previously acknowledged that the report from the Chief Inspector of H.M. Prisons was not positive and significant work has already commenced to address a wide range of areas including issues of respect, resettlement, re-entry planning and purposeful activity for inmates. In May 2013 a new Prison Director was hired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I send e-mail to an inmate?
No. Inmates do not have access to the Internet.
Is it possible to obtain uniform patches or badges from Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service?
No. Patches or badges are not made available to the Public.
Is it possible for me to be told if a specific individual is held in a Cayman Islands Prison?
Yes. Contact can be made to the Duty Manager at HMP Northward Tele: (345) 947-3000.
What is the prisoner supervision system?
The Prisoner Supervision System is designed to assist the effective management of prisoners and: to provide for public safety. Each prisoner will be assigned to one of three Supervision Levels:
- High Supervision: an individual, for whom all activities and movements require to be authorized, supervised and monitored by prison staff.
- Medium Supervision: an individual for whom activities and movements are subject to locally specified limited supervision and restrictions.
- Low Supervision: an individual for whom activities and movements, specified locally, are subject to minimum supervision and restrictions [and could include license conditions and unsupervised activities in the community].
If someone is denied or disapproved for visitation, how can they appeal? What if they were initially approved but later suspended?
Visitors initially denied the right to visit have no appeal rights. Visitors who are initially approved to visit but then are later suspended may appeal in writing to the Director of Prisons or his/her designated representative requesting restoration of visiting privileges and their justification for this action. The Direct of Prisons or his/her designee may modify any suspension or termination of visiting privilege. The address for filing an appeal is: Director of Prisons P.O. Box 1807 Grand Cayman. KY1-1109, Cayman Islands.
Can inmates receive telephone calls?
No. Prisoners housed in regular population will be allowed to make outgoing telephone calls to family and friends. Prisoners are not allowed to receive incoming telephone calls. The number of calls a prisoner is allowed to make may be limited by the housing assignment or custody classification. All telephone calls will be paid for by the prisoner.