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Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

Feds Pony Up $10 Million For V.I. Waste Diversion

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento and Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez wrapped up a visit with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and other senior officials Tuesday as the territory was awarded $10 million for waste diversion work. 

Governor Asks Community to Support VIPD as Riots Spread in States

In the wake of protests in cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called on residents to support local police officers as they work to clamp down on a spate of violence.

Corrections Chief on the Defensive at Senate Hearing

Sen. Steven Payne Sr. began the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs hearing Thursday with a long list of complaints about the how the Bureau of Corrections is being run under director Winnie Testamark. The complaints painted a picture of a demoralized agency from which employees are leaving in disgust.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Halfway to Compliance, Police Stumble in Use-of-Force Decree

One year after a federal judge declared the Virgin Islands Police Department had met the terms of a decade-old court order to curb improper use of force, civil rights lawyers say something has gone wrong.
Motorists document damage to their vehicles in the St. John Marketplace parking lot on Wednesday. (Judi Shimel photo)

Vandalism Arrest Spotlights STT Jail’s Need for Mental Health Care

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.
Wynnie Testamark testifies Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety about conditions in the territory's prisons. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

BOC Reports Progress, but Judge Eyes Tough Options

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.

Judge Calls WAPA Emissions Progress ‘Remarkable’

The V.I. Water and Power Authority continues to be in compliance with emissions consent decrees, earning praise from U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez during a quarterly court review Monday. WAPA will only need to have annual reviews going forward, according to a statement from the authority.

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