Gangs wreak havoc in Bahamian prisons
Regional prison and correctional officers have started a meeting here with National Security Minister Dr Bernard J. Nottage calling for an all-out war to eradicate organised criminal gangs within the prisons.
"Given the poisonous, insidious impact of gangs within our penal system, no effort should be spared to eradicate them by all lawful means possible," Nottage said as he addressed delegates attending the Association of Caribbean Heads of Conference and Prison Services and the Caribbean Association of Corrections Conferences.
He said while the presence of organised gangs in The Bahamas' penal system "is a relatively new phenomenon" such gangs, however, not only spur violence, "they are often central to 'hits' being ordered on law-abiding witnesses and ordinary citizens".
He told the conference, which enters its second day yesterday, that the emergence of organised gangs and the importation of contraband, such as illicit drugs and cellular telephones, were negatively impacting prison populations and administrations worldwide.