Dames dispels rumours of prison commissioner appointment

Says selection was ‘transparent’ and he is not interested in the PLP’s ‘political antics’ NASSAU, BAHAMAS – National security minister Marvin Dames shot down assertions made by the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on Monday, which suggested that the appointment of Charles Murphy, the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) newest Commissioner, was political. Dames […]

New prison commissioner refutes corruption allegations, pledges to remain focused

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minutes after receiving his instruments of appointment at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) on Monday, Charles Murphy, Commissioner of Corrections, told Eyewitness News Online that he is only focused on taking the prison into a new era of accountability while operating to meet international codes of conduct. His comments were […]

Corrections Officer in custody for drug possession

A corrections officer is in police custody after he was allegedly caught attempting to smuggle marijuana into The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. According to police reports, shortly before 2:00p.m. on Wednesday, Drug Enforcement Unit Officers along with Bahamas Department of Corrections Officers in a joint operation, conducted a search […]

Former minister laments increased police powers of arrest

Opposition supports limiting electronic use and open alcoholic beverages    NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday that while the opposition supports proposed legislation seeking to prohibit motorists from driving with open alcoholic beverages and the use of electronic devices, the proposed penalties for these acts were “excessive” and the expansion of the […]

U.S. Human Rights report points to prison, immigration deficiencies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States has highlighted a series of shortcomings in The Bahamas’ immigration and detention process as well as its legal framework, and said while there have been efforts to improve procedure as it relates to migrants, gaps remain as it relates to the treatment, conditions and imprisonment of people in this […]

Komolafe: Many afraid to support DNA because they fear change

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Arinthia Komolafe, the newly-elected leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), said many are afraid to support the young party because they fear change in what has remained a ‘biased’ political system. “They are fighting to keep us out because their contract will not be automatic, but under a DNA government, every […]

Dames dismisses security concerns at prison following escape

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A prisoner escaped the Department of Correctional Services over the weekend, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames confirmed outside of Cabinet yesterday. Although the minister said the inmate was captured and returned to the facility “almost immediately” after the incident on Saturday, it remains unclear how the prisoner was able to escape […]

BDOC investigating alleged escape of prisoner for several hours on Saturday

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Officers at The Bahamas Department of Corrections are presently investigating the alleged escape of an inmate which reportedly took place on Saturday, January 12. On Monday, sources told Eyewitness News Online that the inmate who was serving time in the Medium Security Unit had allegedly escaped for several hours. It was further […]