P.O. Box 627
East End, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1120
The Prison Service is responsible for the safe custody of all persons committed by the courts, to this end Her Majesty’s Prison provides many roles for the community. It is a prison, young offenders institute, juvenile detention centre, remand centre and immigration removal facility rolled into one. With such a varied remit in custodial terms we have to provide an extensive range of services to those in our care. It is our responsibility to deliver in two main areas, Public Protection and Reducing Re-Offending. The Virgin Islands Prison Service serves the public by helping prisoners to lead law abiding and useful lives in custody and after release, it is our duty to treat them with both dignity and humanity.
A progressive organization that has the trust and confidence of the public, Her Majesty’s Prison will help protect the Virgin Islands by:
- Ensuring compliance and providing supervision for people incarcerated and involved in community outreach programs;
- Working with offenders to facilitate change by developing pro- social behavior; and
- Working with the community and other stakeholders to provide opportunities for reintegration.
To contribute to a safer Virgin Islands by providing a safe, secure, humane and effective prison system with opportunities for rehabilitation, personal development, reintegration and community engagement to reduce re-offending.
The prison service provides numerous opportunities for prisoners to engage with staff and partner agencies to reduce their risk of re-offending and become productive members of society. We offer:
- Adult Basic Education
- Vocational training - tailoring, woodwork and food handling
- Computer skills programs
- Access to college and CXC exams
- Library services
- Hobby shop
There is an extensive list of offending behavior programmes also available:
- Substance misuse
- Anger management
- Houses of Healing
- Just Think
- Partners for peace
- A few good men
- Family Man
- Man Up
Separately and pending release we have a resettlement programme in partnership with the BVI Prison Fellowship entitled “Waiting at the Gates”.
Prisoners undergo a full sentence planning process fully assessing their risk of harm and re-offending, allowing staff to direct the most necessary interventions to each prisoner.
Finally, the prison is working with the Ministry of Communication and Works, private partners, The Ministry of Health and Social Development, RVIPF and the Court Services to introduce restorative justice to the Virgin Islands. We have had great success so far in delivering alternatives to custody for first time juvenile and young offenders, and also community pay back and work release schemes for risk assessed adults.
What's Happening Within Our Department?
|Public Health (Notifiable And Communicable Diseases) Regulations And Prison (Amendment) Rules Gazetted||
19 Mar 2020 - 5:04pm
|Honourable Smith Donates To Prison’s Restorative Justice Programme||
2 Oct 2019 - 12:13pm
|Inmate Tyrone George Recaptured After Escaping Custody||
3 May 2019 - 4:33pm
|Joint Statement From The Acting Governor, H E David D. Archer, Jr And Minister For Education And Culture, Honourable Myron Walwyn||
16 Aug 2018 - 12:00pm
|St. Lucian National Verne Garde Is The New Superintendent Of Prison||
13 Jun 2018 - 5:22pm
|Six Inmates Receive Certificates In Skills For Life Programme||
16 May 2017 - 4:52pm
|Project X Band At Christmas On DeCastro Street – December 2||
1 Dec 2016 - 3:56pm
|Her Majesty’s Prison Museum To Open On December 6||
30 Nov 2016 - 2:36pm
|GIS Interview With Project X Band Airs Tonight On JTV Channel 55||
1 Dec 2015 - 4:45pm
|Plans For Rehabilitative Education At Her Majesty’s Prison Outlined||
26 Nov 2015 - 2:15pm
Department Contact Information
To make contact with Her Majesty's Prison, see below for contact information:
Her Majesty's Prison
P.O. Box 627
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitation Hours: Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Convicted Visits: Saturday or Sunday 8:30 am and 12:00 pm; 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Legal Visits: Monday - Friday (appointments only)
Telephone: 1(284) 468-6318
Visits Booking Line: 1(284) 468-6342 or 1(284) 468-6343
Fax: 1(284) 468-6300