Set 50 prisoners free, says Durant

Government Senator David Durant today added fuel to growing speculation that Government intended to release 50 prisoners for Barbados’ 50 anniversary of political independence.

There is as yet no official confirmation of the plan, however, Durant today urged the Freundel Stuart administration to free the yet unidentified convicts as part of the jubilee celebrations.

It was not immediately clear whether or not the Government Senator was hinting at what was to come, but he said several prisoners had turned over a new leaf during their incarceration and should be given another chance.

“I want to also suggest that as an act of goodwill during our 50th year jubilee celebrations for Government to think about pardoning and releasing 50 prisoners.

“They are those who are really of good behaviour and working very, very good . . . and I believe it would be a good gesture in a jubilee year . . .,” Durant suggested as he spoke this afternoon in the Senate during debate on the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue.

Durant also revealed that almost half of the inmates at HMP Dodds were on remand, costing the state tens of millions of dollars.

He said 45 per cent of the 918 prisoners at the St Philip prison were on remand, with Government paying an estimated daily cost of $93 per inmate.

He blamed the high ratio of inmates on remand on the slowness of the island’s judicial system.

“Our system really needs upgrading and hastening up. Expedite these cases,” he urged the authorities.

“It cost $93 to maintain an inmate at HMP Dodds and when you calculate that it is $31, 161, 510 per year for that number of inmates and that is not including salaries, or wages or anything of that nature . . .  .That is high, and when you think that 45 per cent of them are on remand, it means that figure could possibly be reduced,” Durant argued.

He also revealed that 43 per cent of the inmates were between the ages of 17 and 30, and eight out of ten young men there could neither read nor write.

“It means that the cream of the crop of our productive strength, skill and talent are sitting idly by incarceration or on remand . . . and it means something is happening or not happening in our educational system,” the senator warned. (RB)

27 Responses to Set 50 prisoners free, says Durant

  1. BaJan boy March 23, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Financial constraints is now a ligitmate reason to unleash these tyrants on unsuspecting innocent citizens. We know it is going to happen once it comes from Freundel Stuart’s mouth piece. They send him to test the pulse of the people what a weak helpless,pathetic bunch

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  2. Tête La
    Tête La March 23, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I would agree to release 50 prisoners, but I sending up 500 and you know what, you going to be in that counting of the 500

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    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley March 23, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Sweet.

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    • Lavern Hinds
      Lavern Hinds March 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Agree 100% wid you

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    • Tête La
      Tête La March 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

      I prefer to assist 50 homeless people, issue 50 scholarships, take care of 50 schools, assist 50 persons living within the poverty buffer

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Because you haven’t gotten caught as of yet; doesn’t mean that you haven’t broken the law. So he who is without Sin cast the first stone.

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  3. michael parker March 23, 2016 at 7:56 am

    freundel are you stupid, the reason they are in dodds is because they have commited a crime, what you are thinking of doing is likend to give a kid a present for being good for a period of time after being an arse most of the time.

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  4. Sue Donym March 23, 2016 at 8:20 am

    And they can’t see that $7 million could be BETTER spent on education?
    I’d rather some effort be put into an honest assessment of what’s wrong in schools, than gambling on which 50 prisoners should not serve the sentences that it took our courts so long to decide.
    But then again, Durant reportedly said the cream of our crop can be found at Dodds, so once again dem doing what’s best for us!

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  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Dr. Durant, I am with you on setting 50 prisoners free, as long as we can lock up 50 politicians.

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  6. Horace Boyce March 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Y not bring out 50 on a daily basis to help with the clean up operation that has to happen as the time approaches

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

      As someone whom have been born and bred a stone’s throw away from Glendairy prison, I can say to you without much equivocation that there have always been a work release program at Glendairy.

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    • Horace Boyce March 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Used to be for trustees ,but to release 50 prisoners as an act of pardon no way

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I am not speaking of the trustees program of which you have alluded to above. I am talking about a program in which prisoners ending their schedule time of release, are brought into the community to perform various tasks.

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  7. Dominna Queeny Gaskin
    Dominna Queeny Gaskin March 23, 2016 at 9:45 am

    you are so right release 50 convicts back in society that they help corrupt really f****ing smart and I would hope its the drug dealers and not the murderers Plz no

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

      We would hope that those whom are being release, are the kind of individuals whom have committed petty offences?

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    • Dominna Queeny Gaskin
      Dominna Queeny Gaskin March 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

      but what is a petty offense

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Probably tresspassing or some minor traffic offence or perhaps simple battery!

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    • Alva Hope
      Alva Hope March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      And then next six weeks what they do? Commit another party crime to get back in dey..

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Alva Hope, for every good that comes into the world there is always a corresponding evil. And I said that to say: we have to always appeal to the better side of the human personality, before we appeal to the evil side.

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    • Alva Hope
      Alva Hope March 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Mark I see they go back up for the simplest of things..petty things..n for me it’s because they’re out here in the wilderness. Sometimes out of the blue one would cuss a police officer, throw pep bottle, what we’d consider stupidity…but hey, food n shelter free up dey fuh 6 wks to couple months

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  8. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer March 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Horace Boyce they don’t have that kind of brain to things of such things. I agree that 50 prisoners should be released. Not forgetting that some of them should be detained as well…Believe it or not !

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      To piggyback on your point: how is it that the ruling powers of Barbados can so easily arrive at a determination to grant clemency to the incarcerated; devoid of any consultation or consideration of victims or victims families?

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  9. Alex Alleyne March 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Things “brown” at hotel DODDS ,so we must cut back.
    Fellers , you are free to go.

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  10. bajan boy March 23, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Bring out 50 and send 50 of the ones that got we suffering including the messenger.Mark Fenty you dont go to prison for the offences you alluded to. They are felons and to release 50 in one fell swoop is unleashing terror in this small community.This is a blind inept iliterate Government that we should all be ashamed of.

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  11. Babsie March 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    The Pastor/Senator and the members of his church (congregation) would host them and supply all their needs. They have more than enough room to accommodate more than 50. One prisoner per member.

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