Press Release

His Majesty’s Prison
House of Assembly
Release Date:
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 12:13pm

Territorial Member Honourable Neville A. Smith handed over a cheque of $1,500.00 to Superintendent of Prison Mr. Verne Garde to assist in financing the Restorative Justice Programme at Her Majesty’s Prison.

The programme is part of a strategy to enhance literacy and to help improve the lives of individuals throughout the Territory including inmates at the prison.

A total of 15 inmates were awarded $100.00 each for participating in a recently held ‘Literacy Evening’ event which is a part of the Restorative Justice Programme. The funds were donated to each individual as a means of financial support towards their literary journey.

The contribution made on October 1 is a promise fulfilled by Honourable Smith who stated that the programme is one of his top priority initiatives.

Honourable Smith said, “I envision a territory that thrives on literacy. And this literacy project is an outlet devoted to providing a voice and a platform for incarcerated individuals, and my hope is to see it grow into something big.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable  Vincent  O.  Wheatley  who  was  also  present  at  the  handing  over ceremony encouraged the inmates to make the best of their situation and not to remain stagnant. He urged them not to “let this chapter of your lives define who you are and keep on striving until you get to the next level.”

The Restoration Justice Programme is high on government’s agenda in relation to its responsibilities to Her Majesty’s Prison and the mandate to rehabilitate prisoners. The Government  of  the  Virgin  Islands  will  continue  to  address  these  matters  in  an endeavour to help resolve issues of literacy in the Virgin Islands.


Linton Leonard

Public Relations Officer
Office of the House of Assembly
Telephone: 468-6900 ext. 6958