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Minister Lewis Meets with the Point Blanche Prison Inmates Association

~ Minister Lewis Meets with the Point Blanche Prison Inmates Association ~ Hopes to Address Urgent Issues at Point Blanche Prison in the Short Term ~ POINTE BLANCHE — On Friday 31 May 2024, the Honorable Minister of Justice, Lyndon Lewis and his cabinet staff visited the Point Blanche Prison, where he engaged in a significant discussion with More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, June 1st, 2024
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Inmate in isolation cell beaten and hospitalized

PHILIPSBURG — An inmate held in an isolation cell at the Pointe Blanche prison was so severely beaten by two assailants that he had to be hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). Justice Minister More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, April 27th, 2024
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Government ignores recommendations to update its prostitution-policy

PHILIPSBURG — St. Maarten structurally ignores recommendation from the Law Enforcement Council. In 2016, the Council issued six recommendation to improve the country’s policies towards prostitution. Seven More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
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Promoters withdraw events from Carnival-venue

PHILIPSBURG -- The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is facing a tough contest now that several promoters have withdrawn their Carnival-events from the Jocelyn Arndell Festival Village. Minister More...

By The Publisher On Friday, February 9th, 2024
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Uruguay-based company wins bid for design of new prison

PHILIPSBURG — CSI Engineers from Uruguay has won the bid for the design of the new prison in St. Maarten, the Ministry of Justice announced in a press release. CSI, established in 1980, lists a global presence More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, February 8th, 2024
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Court orders release of undocumented person in landmark decision

PHILIPSBURG — In a significant ruling on February 1, 2024, the Court of First Instance of Sint Maarten ordered the immediate release of Mr. R.J., a Haitian national residing in St. Maarten, marking a pivotal More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, January 27th, 2024
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Arrest team is underfunded but its members are dedicated

PHILIPSBURG — The police force does not have the necessary financial and material resources to adequately set up, manage and guarantee the deployment of the arrest team. This appears from an inspection by More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, January 17th, 2024
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Justice Bob Wit passed away

PHILIPSBURG — Justice Bob Wit passed away aged 71, the Caribbean Court of Justice stated in a press release dated January 6. Wit served at the court since its establishment in 2005 until he retired in December More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
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Dutch prison system also struggles with staff shortages

PHILIPSBURG — The Pointe Blanche prison is not the only facility in the Kingdom’s justice chain that struggles with staff shortages it appears from a letter Minister Franc Weerwind (Legal Protection) sent More...

By The Publisher On Wednesday, November 8th, 2023
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Minister Richardson: “Decision is vital to meet the pressing needs of the Pointe Blanche prison”

PHILIPSBURG — Minister of Justice Anna Richardson has reacted in a hurry to criticism from the police union NAPB about her decision to make the police force responsible for the detention center at police More...