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The Department of Health formally lifted the public health quarantine at the St. Thomas jail last week, according to a release from the Bureau of Corrections.
Bureau of Corrections Director Wynnie Testamark issued new, stricter anti-infection protocols this week for employees and inmates at the John A. Bell Adult Correctional Facility and the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex.
Almost a year since officials from the Bureau of Corrections were warned they risked penalties for not making mandated reforms at the St. Thomas jail, those penalties have become part of a federal court order.
Four corrections officers were found asleep on the job, at the same time, on the same day, at the Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas, the Bureau of Corrections has confirmed. All four are on paid leave, pending an investigation.
The long lag between arrests and trials in many violent crime cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.
The recent mass destruction of car windows in a St. John parking lot provides a painful illustration of a protracted dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and the USVI government. That dispute cites ongoing deficiencies at the St. Thomas jail.
Six weeks after a federal judge dismissed a jury verdict against him, a St. Croix man is still being held pending trial. The defendant now waits to hear his fate on a separate charge and recently survived an attempt to put him back behind bars.
A quarter century after four prisoners housed at the St. Thomas jail and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Virgin Islands Government, improvements spelled out in a settlement agreement still linger unresolved. Now, a federal judge says there may be two ways of pushing the case past the finish line.