Males make up the vast majority of inmates at the State Prison in Stockfarm accounting for a staggering 262 out of a total prison population of 266.
Speaking at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes, Acting Prison Superintendent, Denis Blanc, said two juveniles also form part of the general prison population which include four females.
The two juveniles were sentenced in the Magistrate’s Court for three and four months respectively. They are among the main prison population since there are no facilities in Dominica which cater for young offenders.
“That breakdown is as follows, 38 males from the High Court and 2 females, from the magistrate’s court 146 males with 1 female, 75 males and 1 female are on remand,” Blanc said.
He also stated that the institution can house about 280 and that staff is always an issue despite the fact that 6 new employees were added to the payroll in February. “Staff is never adequate, we want more and intend to get more….we also have a few programmes ongoing at the prison and also intend to reintroduce our adult education programme,” Blanc said.