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Mar 31, 2000

Adolphus says whipping is necessary

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Prison Governor Bernard Adolphus also spoke with Dickie Bradley about the reintroduction of whipping at the prison. While human rights activists may object to it, Adolphus said something had to be done to avoid more murders and stabbings among inmates.

Bernard Adolphus, Prison Governor

“I refer to it as a shock treatment. This shock treatment was necessary to wake up everybody because everybody was sleeping so the speak and just doing XYX and something had to be done. This is just my view. And so far it has had an effect because number one, the population has become quiet and of the their own accord, they are holding it down so to speak.”

Dickie Bradley

“I hear some of them have given up their weapons.”

Bernard Adolphus

“Some of them have agreed, yes I can boast. And if those fellows are listening, I thank you again publicly because they have brought in some of their weapons. We have a number of borers and instruments that were handed from Tango One, Tango Two building. We are hoping that sometime, Tango Three will give us. We can “strong” if we want, but we are doing a communication activity. As a matter of fact, Max is saying that they are prepared to hand up, but they want Channel Five to be present when they are doing this, that’s what they said. I said no problem. That’s easy.”

Errol Gentle, Deputy Superintendent

“It’s not all the inmates who are giving problems. You have the few and it is continuous. You have this person doing something this week; he does it again the following week. He stabs one person this week, then he stabs another and what can we do? How can we punish him? And after while, they start threatening officers you know. And it’s not only because we want to whip the inmates because they have done wrong, but you are protecting other inmates as well.”

Currently there are about 1,000 people incarcerated at Hattieville and the Youth Enhancement Academy.

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