The Prison Service is responsible for the safe custody of all persons committed by the courts, to this end Her Majesty’s Prison provides many roles for the community. It is a prison, young offenders institute, juvenile detention centre, remand centre and immigration removal facility rolled into one. With such a varied remit in custodial terms we have to provide an extensive range of services to those in our care. It is our responsibility to deliver in two main areas, Public Protection and Reducing Re-Offending. The Virgin Islands Prison Service serves the public by helping prisoners to lead law abiding and useful lives in custody and after release, it is our duty to treat them with both dignity and humanity.

Vision

A progressive organization that has the trust and confidence of the public, Her Majesty’s Prison will help protect the Virgin Islands by:

  • Ensuring compliance and providing supervision for people incarcerated and involved in community outreach programs;
  • Working with offenders to facilitate change by developing pro- social behavior; and
  • Working with the community and other stakeholders to provide opportunities for reintegration.

Mission

To contribute to a safer Virgin Islands by providing a safe, secure, humane and effective prison system with opportunities for rehabilitation, personal development, reintegration and community engagement to reduce re-offending.

Core Values

The prison service provides numerous opportunities for prisoners to engage with staff and partner agencies to reduce their risk of re-offending and become productive members of society. We offer:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Vocational training - tailoring, woodwork and food handling
  • Computer skills programs
  • Farming
  • Access to college and CXC exams
  • Library services
  • Hobby shop

There is an extensive list of offending behavior programmes also available:

  • Substance misuse
  • Anger management
  • Houses of Healing
  • Just Think
  • Partners for peace
  • A few good men
  • Family Man
  • Man Up

Separately and pending release we have a resettlement programme in partnership with the BVI Prison Fellowship entitled “Waiting at the Gates”.

Prisoners undergo a full sentence planning process fully assessing their risk of harm and re-offending, allowing staff to direct the most necessary interventions to each prisoner.

Finally, the prison is working with the Ministry of Communication and Works, private partners, The Ministry of Health and Social Development, RVIPF and the Court Services to introduce restorative justice to the Virgin Islands. We have had great success so far in delivering alternatives to custody for first time juvenile and young offenders, and also community pay back and work release schemes for risk assessed adults.

Employment Opportunities Within The Department

Closing Date
Deputy Superintendent of Prisons

Deputy Superintendent of Prisons

Role Summary

The successful applicant will assist with the oversight of the daily operations of the Prison and ensure proper supervision and custody of prison inmates while assisting with policy development and implementation.

Main Responsibilities

1. Assists in ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the department and the supervision of assigned staff.
2. Coordinates meetings and events; attends, records and reports minutes as required.
3. Assists with the supervision and custody of prison inmates.
4. Assists with the preparation of the department’s annual budget.
5. Conducts regular inspections of the entire Prison establishment to ensure that proper standards of health and safety procedures are adhered to.
6. Monitors the calculation of inmates’ sentence period.
7. Arbitrates all hearings for inmates regarding disciplinary matters.
8. Assists in long-term strategic planning, which involves liaising with the Judicial Departments and other government departments to aid in the planning and development of the Prison Service.
9. Devises and implements policies regarding security and regime development, and ensure uniformity in regime delivery.
10. Keeps abreast of developments in the field of quality improvement and quality assurance.
11. Maintains records relevant to the Prison and also keeps filing up to date so that complete records are available for reference.
12. Assists with the preparation of the Department’s Annual Budget.
13. Assists with the preparation and submission of Performance Planning and Appraisal Report for all staff.
14. Deputises in the absence of the Superintendent of Prison.
15. Performs any other related duties as required by Supervisor or any other senior officer in order to contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Business Management, Criminal Justice or related field
  • Five (5) years’ in senior management position in the field
  • Excellent knowledge of Government structure, policies and procedures
  • Expert knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of Government budget and accounting procedures
  • Good knowledge of the use of standard office equipment and relevant software applications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical, negotiating, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Excellent research and report-writing skills
  • Excellent leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent knowledge of programme development and rehabilitative services
  • Excellent knowledge of substance treatment
 
Closing Date:
4 July 2022
4 July 2022

Department Contact Information

To make contact with Her Majesty's Prison, see below for contact information:

Her Majesty's Prison

P.O. Box 627
East End, Tortola 
​Virgin Islands (British) VG1120

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitation Hours: Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
Convicted Visits: Saturday or Sunday  8:30 am and 12:00 pm; 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 
Legal Visits: Monday - Friday (appointments only) 

Email Address: hmp@gov.vg

Telephone: 1(284) 468-6318
Visits Booking Line: 1(284) 468-6342 or 1(284) 468-6343
Fax: 1(284) 468-6300